Students, Faculty, & Staff Borrowing Policies

Borrowers will be asked to present a Franklin ID or driver’s license to check out materials.

Items owned by the Franklin University Library:
 

Material Type Loan Period Number of Renewals Maximum # of items Maximum # of holds Fines**
Book 21 days † Six* 50 25 $.10/day
CD 21 days
(local only)
Four* 10 25 $.50/day
DVD 7 days
(local only)
Three* 5 25 $.50/day
Course Reserves & Reference 2 Hours in library only N/A N/A N/A Contact Library
Headphones 2 Hours in library only N/A N/A N/A Contact Library
Speakers/Microphone 2 Hours in library only N/A N/A N/A Contact Library
Floppy Disk Drive 2 Hours in library only N/A N/A N/A Contact Library
Laptop*** 4 hours in library only None N/A N/A $25/hour
Cell Phone Chargers**** 2 Hours in library only N/A N/A N/A Contact Library
Webcams 2 Hours in library only N/A N/A N/A Contact Library

 

† Students have 21 day loan/renewal periods. The loan/renewal period for staff and faculty is 42 days.

*Renewals are possible, providing the item has not been requested and it is not overdue.

** See Interlibrary Loan document for fines relating to those items.

*** Borrowing is limited to current students, faculty and staff only. Lending time might be less than 4 hours if there is a hybrid class scheduled. See the Laptop Borrowing Policy for more details.

****Chargers are available for the following Blackberry, LG models, HTC X One, Iphone 3G/3GS/4 & 5, Nokia Lumia 900, & Samsung models (a micro USB that can be used to charge a number of devices).

Note: Periodicals, microforms and reference books cannot be checked out.

 

Services for Students with Disabilities
 

The library provides the following services to students with disabilities:

 • Priority use at two workstations equipped with Zoom Text screen reader software
 • Individual use of Student Meeting Rooms. Students must first register with the Disability Office
 • We have two magnifiers available for checkout. One standard and one with a light
 • Handicap accessible doors
 • Our reference librarians are always available for one-on-one research help for all students


Borrowing Policies for OhioLINK Items:
 

Material Type Loan Period Number of Renewals Maximum # of items Maximum # of holds Fines**
Book 21 days † Six* 50 25 $.50/day
CDs & DVDs 21 days
(local only)
Three*
 
50 25 $.50/day

 

† The loan period for staff and faculty is 42 days.

*Up to six renewals are possible, providing the item has not been requested and it is not overdue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Borrowing Policies for SearchOhio Items:
 

Patrons from OhioLINK institutions (including Franklin University) may request items from a selection of
public libraries in Ohio via the SearchOhio catalog. The fines and policies for SearchOhio items are:
 

Material Type Loan Period Number of Renewals Maximum # of items Maximum # of holds Fines**
Book 21 days Three 25 25 $.50/day
Media
(except DVD)
21 days Three 25 25 $.50/day
DVD 7 days Three 25 25 $.50/day

 

*Up to three renewals are possible, providing the item has not been requested and it is not overdue.

The maximum overdue fine is $25 per item. An additional replacement fee of $25 will be billed for any item not returned within 30 days of the due date.

Pick Up Anywhere service is not available at SearchOhio libraries.

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

Requesting items:

Items from the Franklin University Library may be requested online by using the “Request” feature in the library catalog, or by contacting library staff. OhioLINK items may be requested online through the OhioLINK catalog by clicking the “request” button and submitting the required information. Available OhioLINK items usually take 3-5 days to arrive & the patron will be notified via email when their item is ready for pick-up. Items can be picked up at the library in downtown Columbus.

Items will remain on the hold shelf for 10 days being placed back in the library’s circulating collection or sent back to the lending institution.

The library does not ship materials to patrons directly. For students in Ohio, though, materials borrowed through OhioLINK can be delivered to any designated OhioLINK location via “Pick-up anywhere”. On the Request Verification page first choose the institution and then the designated location where you would like to pick it up.

SearchOhio items can be located/requested via the OhioLINK catalog.

Renewing Items:

Items can be renewed online by using the “Manage Your Account” feature, or by contacting the library. Items that are overdue, or have been requested by another patron are not able to be renewed.  Note that multimedia items borrowed through OhioLINK are not eligible for renewal.

Returning Items:

Materials should be returned on or before the date they are due. The library will email a reminder before the due date and a series of notices when materials are overdue. Items must returned to the library in downtown Columbus. Courier’s working hours are Monday through Friday only. OhioLINK and SearchOhio items can be returned to Franklin or to the lending institution. Materials, except those obtained through inter-library loan, can be returned to the book drop (located at the South entrance to Phillips Hall) at any time.

Fines & Blocked Accounts:

Students and faculty are notified via email of overdue items and fines. This information can also be viewed by logging into your myLibrary account. Faculty and staff are expected to pay any library fines incurred. 

The fee for most lost items is the cost of replacement material plus $35 for processing fee, while lost course reserves are set at a flat $75 plus $35 processing fee. Contact the library for details. Patrons with $25 or more in fines will be blocked from checking out additional items and a hold will be placed on their University account. Patrons with $125 or more in fines will be blocked from off-site database access. Replacement and processing fees will be cancelled if the item is found before it is replaced, but the borrower will be responsible for paying overdue fines that have accrued. Once a University account has been sent to collections, items can no longer be returned and the replacement cost cannot be waived.

OhioLINK Fine information:

Returning an item that has been billed and/or is more than 30 days overdue will incur a $50 fine. Borrowers with a lost item will be billed a flat fee of $125 ($75 for replacement, $35 for processing and $15 for billing). A fine of $2.00 per day will be charged to items that have been recalled by the owning institution.  Patrons with $125 or more in fines will be blocked from off-site database access

Borrowers with fines, overdue books, or lost book charges will be blocked from borrowing from all OhioLINK libraries.

SearchOhio Fine information:

There is no billing fee for SearchOhio items and there is no credit given if a billed item has been returned. The maximum replacement cost for a SearchOhio item is $25. An additional replacement fee of $25 will be billed for any item not returned within 30 days of the due date.

Paying Fines:

It is University policy that checks and secure funds (money orders, cashier's checks, and certified funds) are the only acceptable forms of payment for library fines. Checks and secure funds should be made out to Franklin University, not Franklin University Library. Payments should be made in person at the Student Services Welcome Center or delivered through mail (Franklin University Business Office, 201 S. Grant Ave, Columbus OH 43215). Students with fines on their account will have their transcripts held upon graduation and will be prevented from registering for classes.

Waiving fines:

Fines are not typically waived for any reason. In the event that a fine needs to be removed from a patron account, only the Library Director, Public Services Librarian, or Circulation Manager can waive fines.

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