Briggs Library Cards
Students, faculty, and staff must use their U-Cards to check out library materials. In the case of loss or theft of this card, replacements may be obtained at the U-Card office in Behmler Hall. Community residents may obtain a Briggs Library card by completing a registration form at the circulation desk. The signature of a parent or guardian is required for community borrowers under the age of 18. All patrons are responsible for items checked out to their unique bar code unless the library is notified of the theft or loss of the card.
|Materials||Student & Community Borrowers||Faculty & Staff Borrowers|
|Best Sellers & Hot Picks||28 days||28 days|
|Books||28 days||End of semester|
|Audiotapes||28 days||End of semester|
|Career Services Library||3 days||End of semester|
|CDs||28 days||End of semester|
|Children’s Literature & TREC||14 days||End of semester|
|Curriculum & teaching materials||3 days||End of semester|
|DVDs and videos||7 days||End of semester|
|Faculty Center Collection||28 days||End of semester|
|Government publications||28 days||End of semester|
|Music Scores||End of academic year||End of academic year|
|Reserve items||Either 2, 4, 24 or 72 hours||Either 2, 4, 24 or 72 hours|
Checking out and returning materials
Materials are checked out at the circulation desk on the main floor of the library. At this service point, materials can also be renewed and returned. Students, faculty, and staff need to present a valid U-Card in order to check out any materials, including course reserve and items requested through the interlibrary loan service. No materials will be checked out unless a valid U-Card or a library generated community card id is presented. Borrowers with outstanding overdue materials or unpaid fines of $10 or more will not be permitted to check out materials.
Return materials to the circulation desk whenever the library is open. There is also a metal book return outside the main door to the library that may be utilized when the library is closed. It is especially important not to return course reserve materials in the book return when the library is open.
All library users who are affiliated with the University of Minnesota and are issued U-Cards may renew their library materials by logging onto “Your Account” and checking the summary page, which lists materials checked out to their card. Select “Checked Out” and the number on the left column to bring up more complete information for each item. “Renew” will activate a renewal. The new due date will appear on the list. If another patron has recalled or placed a hold on an item or if the maximum number of renewals has been reached, you will be alerted. Curriculum materials, Best Sellers, Music Scores and print reserve items can not be renewed through the "Your Account" feature. Renewal of interlibrary loan items usually requires contacting the Interlibrary Loan Manager.
Items may be brought in to the library and personally renewed as well. Community patrons with a Briggs Library generated paper library card may renew items by bringing them into the library or by using Request Renewals Online on the Briggs Library website.
Placing Holds and Recalls
To place a recall in Pounce go to the results page where an item is listed. Click on “Request”. If you are not currently signed in with your X-500 username and password you will be asked to do so. Click on the Request tab. Select “UM Briggs Library” as the pick-up location from the drop-down menu. Click the “Recall” button. You can verify what requests you currently have by going to “My Account”. There is no guarantee that the original borrower will return the item as scheduled. It can take up to 3 weeks before the recall requestor receives an email informing them that the item is being held on the hold shelf at the circulation desk awaiting pick-up. If an item is needed immediately and the due date of the item is longer than 3 weeks in the future, requesting the title through interlibrary loan is another option.
A hold can be placed on an item that is currently checked out. This does not have the effect of recalling it, but rather informs the requester when the item has been returned. It will then be saved for the person requesting the hold. Holds can only be placed by library personnel. Simply ask for assistance at the reference or circulation desks.
Late return and lost materials policies
Materials that are not returned by the due date result in the accrual of fines. Briggs Library fine policies were originally developed by the Campus Assembly Library Committee and affirmed again in 1996 by the Academic Services Advisory Committee. The policy provides for the following fees that apply to all borrowers—students, staff, faculty, and community borrowers.
- $1 per day per item with a maximum of $10 per item
- $2 per hour per reserve item with a maximum of $10 per item
- Maximum fine of $75 for all materials checked out to one person and due on the same day
- Six-day grace period after the due date during which no fines are charged. If the item is not returned within six days, fines accrue starting with the due date.
- Days that the library is closed are not considered in fine accrual.
- Anyone with overdue items or unpaid fines in excess of $10 will be denied borrowing privileges
- Administrative holds on grades, transcripts, and registration are applied for students with overdue materials or outstanding fines.
- Overdue notices are sent out as a courtesy, but it is the responsibility of the borrower to be cognizant of due dates.
- An item is declared lost after having an overdue status for at least six weeks. At that time, a bill is generated listing the replacement value of the item along with a $15 reprocessing fee. Fines are not charged when replacement and reprocessing fees are paid.
Briggs Library adheres to the state and national laws and guidelines concerning the right of privacy of library borrowers as to materials used and checked out. Library personnel will not divulge borrowing information other than giving the date due for an item.