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Questions?

If you have any questions about activating your library account, checking out or renewing materials, clearing fines, or requesting materials from other libraries, please stop by the Circulation Desk at either campus or contact us:

Access Services

circdesk@msmu.edu

310.954.4370 (Coe - Chalon)
213.477.2750 (McCarthy - Doheny)

Library worker is handing a book to a student

Borrower Responsibilities

  • Please treat library materials with care. Others in the community will be using the collection for years to come.
  • Please return items by their due dates, as others may be waiting for them.
  • You are responsible for checking your emails for notices of overdue items and recalled items and responding to the notices.
  • You have full responsibility for your library card and for paying all fines for overdue, damaged, and/or lost materials.

If you have a question about using the libraries, please ask a library staff member or email circdesk@msmu.edu.

 

Loan Periods


Students

Initial Loan Period - Semester (1 renewal)

Faculty & Staff

Initial Loan Period -  Semester (1 renewal)

Alums

Initial Loan Period - 3 weeks (1 renewal)

MSMU Affiliates

Initial Loan Period -  3 weeks (1 renewal)

NOTE:
You can renew one time by accessing My Account. If more than one renewal is required, please contact Access Services.

 

Borrower Privileges

Current MSMU Students, Faculty, & Staff

 

Current MSMU students, faculty, and staff can check out materials and request items through LINK+ and Interlibrary Loan (ILL) by obtaining a library barcode.

To check out materials, you must have an official MSMU ID, MSMU Alum ID Card, or other valid photo ID and fill out the online Library Card Application or visit the circulation desk at either library.

The libraries' databases and electronic resources can be accessed off-campus by logging into myMSMU with your MSMU credentials and then visiting the MSMU Libraries website.

Privileges include:

  • Loan periods for print materials (regular books, bestsellers, theses, periodicals)
  • Access to LINK+ and Interlibrary Loan print materials
  • Full access to databases, indexes, full-text, and other digital resources on- and off-campus
  • Digital Document Delivery for articles that need to be ordered individually and delivered via email

 

MSMU Alums

 

Alums who wish to use the MSMU Libraries must have an Alum ID Card issued by the Alumnae Association.

The Alum ID Card permits:

  • In-person use of the library
  • Ability to check out regular print books owned by MSMU Libraries
  • Reference assistance during normal business hours
  • Computer access at both campuses during normal business hours
  • Sponsored wifi access with presentation of Alum ID Card at the Circulation Desk of either library

Note: Alums do not have access to LINK+, ILL, or off-campus access to the libraries' databases due to licensing restrictions.

 

MSMU Affiliates

 

The MSMU Libraries are not open to the public.

All guests must be sponsored by a current MSMU faculty member or administrator and/or identified by Access Services Staff at the Circulation Desk at either campus.

  • Religious Affiliates, Visiting Professors, and Sponsored Guests: Have your MSMU Sponsor (faculty member or administrator) email the library to obtain a limited-term library card. Approved affiliates will need to present a government-issued ID to obtain their limited-term library card.
  • LINK+ Pick-Up & Visiting Patron Program: Non-MSMU users who requested a LINK+ book can pick up their books by presenting a government-issued ID card and the library card from the participating institution.
  • SCELC Faculty: Limited-term access to the libraries is available by bringing a SCELC application signed by your home institution and a government-issued ID.

 Limited-Term Library Card Privileges:

  • Limited-term library cards will be issued to approved, sponsored guests at the library Circulation Desk
  • MSMU Affiliates must produce a valid photo ID to obtain the limited-term library card
  • This pass expires one year from date issued
  • This pass does not include interlibrary loan privileges, study room access, or 24-hour computer lab access

 

Visitors

 

The MSMU Libraries are not open to the public.

All guests must be sponsored by a current MSMU community member and/or identified by Access Services Staff at the Circulation Desk at either campus.

  • Guests of MSMU students: must be accompanied by the student at all times.
  • Guests of MSMU staff or faculty: MSMU faculty and staff can request a 1-day visitor badge at the Circulation Desk for household members who are 18 years or older
  • Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. An adult must supervise the children's use of library equipment and resources and must remain with the children at all times.
  • Other Sponsored Guests: See MSMU Affiliates above for access requirements

1-Day Visitor Badge

  • 1-Day Visitor Badge will be issued to approved sponsored guests at the library Circulation Desk
  • Any family member 18 years of age and older must also produce a valid photo ID
  • This pass expires one day from date issued
  • This pass does not include borrowing privileges, interlibrary loan, study room access, or 24-hour computer lab access

 

 

Quick Links

MSMU Libraries Catalog

How do I borrow books from other libraries?

LINK+

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Materials Request Form

Course Reserves

Suggest a Purchase

Can I borrow from another library?


Yes, we belong to a regional consortium called LINK+ This is a free service, from which you can request books not held by MSMU Libraries. These materials are generally available to you within 3-5 days.

Additionally, we can request materials for you through Interlibrary Loan (ILL) aka OCLC's WorldCat. These materials may come from anywhere in the country, but take up to 2 weeks in processing time, so please plan ahead when conducting research.

If you can't find the book you need at MSMU, try LINK+.

LINK+


Advanced Search - LINK+

LINK+ FAQ

If the book you need is not available in LINK+, try WorldCat and fill out an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Materials Request form.

WorldCat

Advanced Search - WorldCat
FirstSearch - WorldCat

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) FAQ

LINK+ FAQ


Common questions about LINK+

What is LINK+?

 

LINK+ is a combined catalog that lists materials from the collections of participating LINK+ libraries. MSMU is a participating member of LINK+, and MSMU students, faculty, and staff may borrow books from other LINK+ libraries free of charge.

LINK+ allows patrons from member libraries to electronically request an item not available in their own library and to have that item delivered to their own library for check-out. LINK+ may be accessed directly from the MSMU Libraries Catalog or while using the local catalogs of participating libraries. Generally, books may be borrowed if they are listed as "available" in the catalog. Items may be held for pick up at either Coe Library - Chalon Campus or McCarthy Library - Doheny Campus.

LINK+ has faster delivery than traditional Interlibrary Loan. Books are delivered to both Chalon and Doheny campus libraries by courier service. MSMU Libraries’ users may only borrow books. Materials such as media and journals are searchable but are not available for borrowing. An item will generally arrive at the requestor's library in 3 to 5 days and will be held for up for 10 days. The loan period is 21 days with one 21-day renewal.

Note: A book may not be eligible for renewal if it has been requested or placed on hold by another patron.

 

Who are the participating libraries?

 

A list of participating LINK+ libraries can be viewed on the LINK+ website. If you are planning to visit a LINK+ library in person, please check first to make sure it participates in the Visiting Patron option.

MSMU is a participating Visiting Patron library.

 

How do I request a book through LINK+?

 

When you find and select a book you want in the LINK+ Catalog, you will see a link indicating how many LINK+ libraries own the book.

  • Click on the ownership link.
  • Verify that there are available copies in the LINK+ system.
  • Click Request.
  • Select your Library from the drop-down list and click Submit above information.
  • Fill the blanks with your name and barcode, select a Pickup Location, and click Submit.
  • Your request is then forwarded to the owning library, who will pull the book and ship it to your library for you to pick up. circdesk@msmu.edu will send an email to your msmu.edu email account when the book is available for pickup.

Alternatively, you may click on REQUEST THIS ITEM from the item display and follow the same instructions as above.

NOTE: All LINK+ users must have a current library card, free of fines, to use the service.

 

How long does it take to receive a book?

 

The time between making a request for an available item and picking up the item is approximately 3 to 5 days.
Items will be held for pick-up for 10 days.

 

What is the loan period? May I renew?

 

The loan period is 21 days, with one renewal of 21 days.
Note: A book may not be eligible for renewal if it has been requested or placed on hold by another patron.

 

How do I renew or review the status of a LINK+ request?

 

Renew your books and monitor the status of your requests by visiting My Library Account on the MSMU Libraries’ home page. Log in using your name and library barcode to see if your requested materials have been shipped, received, or renewed.

You can email circdesk@msmu.edu with any LINK+ related questions.

 

How do I cancel a LINK+ request?

 

Ask at the Circulation Desk at either campus. A LINK+ request can be canceled if an item still has a "Requested" status. If the item is "In Transit" or "Rec'd" the request may not be canceled.

 

What are the overdue fees for LINK+ books?

 

As of June 2020 all LINK+ libraries will cease to collect late fees, however, a rate of $115 for lost or damaged materials will be charged 15 days after the due date. Visit LINK+ Borrowing, Pickup and Return Rules for updates to this policy.

 

 

ILL FAQ


Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Policy

 

The MSMU Libraries’ Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service enables MSMU students, faculty, and staff to borrow materials not available in MSMU libraries. You do not need to specify where the materials should come from; MSMU library staff will automatically search for availability in other libraries.

Eligibility

The service is free to eligible borrowers:
  • MSMU students
  • MSMU faculty and staff members

Request Form

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Materials Request

 

Delivery of ILL Materials

  • Short Works: When possible, articles, book chapters, and other short works will be scanned and emailed directly to your MSMU email address.
  • Long Works: Longer works, such as books, DVDs, and whole journals will be physically mailed to MSMU. Upon their arrival, you will be notified via your MSMU email. The ILL materials will then be available for you to check out at the circulation desk at the campus you originally selected.

Items That Can Be Requested

  • Items not owned by MSMU libraries
  • Items that are unavailable (checked-out) at MSMU libraries (this may exclude some course reserves)
  • Items missing from MSMU libraries
  • Items at MSMU libraries that can no longer circulate because of their fragile condition

Items That Cannot Be Requested

  • Some textbooks and course reserves may not be available from other libraries
  • Non-circulating items (Items that do not circulate from other libraries may include: special collections materials, reference materials, encyclopedias, dictionaries, workbooks, etc.)

Items That May Be Difficult to Obtain

  • Entire journal volumes or issues
  • Titles only owned at one institution
  • ePub/articles ahead of print dates (pre-publication materials)

 

Common questions about InterLibrary Loan (ILL)

How do I request a book through ILL?

 

First, search for your desired book(s) using WorldCat

After locating the book(s), and checking to make sure that it is not already available at the MSMU Libraries or through LINK+, please submit a request using the following form:

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Materials Request

NOTE: All ILL users must have a current library card, free of fines, to use the service.

 

How many ILL requests can I make?

 

There is no limit to the number of ILL requests that you can make.

 

How will I know when my item arrives?

 

Items that are mailed (books) may take 2-4 weeks to arrive. Items that are scanned (articles and book chapters) may take 1 to 2 weeks to arrive. You will be notified via your MSMU email. Please pick up your items as soon as possible. Do not remove the ILL label and/or book strap.

 

How do I renew ILL items?

 

Renewals requests are made by emailing the ILL staff at illcc@msmu.edu. If an item is eligible for renewal, we will contact the lending library and then contact you after the lending library responds. Items that are not renewable will be noted on the ILL book strap. Renewal requests must be placed on or before the due date. Overdue items are not eligible for renewal.

 

How do I return ILL items?

 

Items may be returned to either MSMU campus library during open hours only. Do not place ILL materials in the book drop.

 

What is the cost?

 

MSMU does not charge for ILL requests. However, if you lose or damage an ILL item, you may be fined as much as $200, depending on the owning library's policy.

 

How do I contact ILL?

 

Via email at illcc@msmu.edu

 

 

More ILL Questions?


For more information on ILL borrowing, contact illcc@msmu.edu.

How do I place a hold?


Place a Hold on a book:

From the MSMU Libraries Catalog, you can place a hold on a book that is checked out by clicking on "Request Item." A hold prevents the current borrower from renewing the book.

When it is returned, it will be placed on hold for you. You will receive a notification via email that the book is available for pickup at the Circulation Desk at the library of your choice. Books may be sent to either campus.

Reference, Reserves and Special Collections material may not be put on HOLD and must be used inside the library. Email circdesk@msmu.edu if you have any questions about library-use-only materials.
 

How to Place a Hold:

  1. Log in to My Account.
  2. Click on the New Search button.
  3. Search for books by author, subject, title, etc. or create an advanced keyword search including limits to material type, language, publication year, etc.
  4. Click on the title of the book that you want. Note that if the book's status says Due MM/DD/YY,  there will be a delay before the book arrives.
  5. Click the Request button.
  6. Choose a Pick-Up Location and a Cancel-By date. Then, click submit.
  7. When the book arrives at its destination, you should receive an email.
  8. It takes approximately 2-3 days to send books between campuses, so please plan accordingly!

How do I locate missing materials?


 

Locate Missing Items

If you are having trouble locating an item on the shelf, stop by the Circulation Desk at either campus and tell library staff. We will look for the book and let you know when it has been found and placed in its proper location on the shelf. Please note, however, that this will not prevent someone else from checking it out.




Questions?

Access Services

circdesk@msmu.edu

310.954.4370 (Coe - Chalon)
213.477.2750 (McCarthy - Doheny)

 

 

How do I renew materials that I have checked out?


 How To Renew

  1. Log in to My Account.
  2. If not the default view, click the "Items currently checked out" link to view the materials you have checked out.
  3. Select the materials you want to renew by checking the boxes in the "RENEW" column and then click the "Renew Selected" button. If you want to renew everything, click the "Renew ALL" button.
  4. If you cannot renew items, a message will appear on the screen. If you are successful, a new due date will appear in the "STATUS" column. Always check the "STATUS" column for information on the success or failure of your renewal.
  5. If you are unable to renew, contact circdesk@msmu.edu and generally they will be able to renew all MSMU materials for you.
    Note: You may not able able to renew certain LINK+ and ILL materials.

 

Renew online!

My Account

If you are unable to renew online, call either circulation desk during regular business hours to have them renew your materials for you.

 

Questions?

Access Services

circdesk@msmu.edu

310.954.4370 (Coe - Chalon)
213.477.2750 (McCarthy - Doheny)

 

 

Late Materials:
Late Fines

  • Late fines are only charged for Course Reserves and ILL materials.
  • Generally, to avoid late/overdue fines,  all Reserves and ILL materials should be returned by 11:59 PM on the due date. Short-term course reserves should be returned at least one minute before they are due.
  • Overdue fines will only be accrued when the library is open.
  • Hourly reserve items that are checked out less than 2 hours before the library closes will be due 2 hours after the library opens the next day.
  • Items on hold will be held at the circulation desk for 14 days.
  • For interlibrary loan (ILL) books, the due dates, fines, and replacement fees are set by the lending institution.
  • See the Loan Periods and Fines table below for individual rates.

Please note that borrower privileges may be suspended for reasons including, but not limited to, failing to return materials, returning damaged materials, and not paying fines.

Lost Materials:
Replacement Fees


General MSMU Item Replacement Fee:
$35
Processing Fee (per item): $10

  • If a lost item costs more than $35 to replace, you will be charged the amount it costs the library to replace the item.
  • You may supply a replacement copy, but please consult with a library staff member before purchasing an item to replace a lost copy.
  • Only approved replacement copies will be accepted in lieu of the replacement fee. A $10 non-refundable processing fee of $10 will still apply.

LINK+ Replacement Fee: $115  (charged 30 days after original due date)

ILL Replacement Fees: determined by the lending institution

 

To Avoid Fines, Renew Online!

My Account

If you are unable to renew online, call either circulation desk during regular business hours to have them renew your materials for you.

Questions?

Access Services

circdesk@msmu.edu

310.954.4370 (Coe - Chalon)
213.477.2750 (McCarthy - Doheny)

 

Loan Periods and Fines

 

Item TypeLoan
Period
Overdue
Fine
Lost Status
Activation
Standard Item
Replacement Cost
Replacement
Processing Fee

Course
Reserves

 

2-hour &
4-hour

$2 per hour

 

2 days after
due date

 

$35

 

$10

 

Course
Reserves

 

1 day

 

$2 per hour

 

2 days after
due date

 

$35

 

$10

 

Course
Reserves

 

1 week

 

$2 per day

 

2 days after
due date

 

$35

 

$10

 

LINK+

 

3 weeks

 

no overdue
fine

 

30 days after
due date

 

$115

 

$10

 

Regular
Books

 

1 semester

 

 no overdue
fine

 

1 semester after
due date

 

$35

 

$10

 

Theses

 

3 weeks

 

 no overdue
fine

 

30 days after
due date

 

$35

 

$10

 

Bestsellers

 

3 weeks

 

 no overdue
fine

 

30 days after
due date

 

$35

 

$10

 

Periodicals

 

1 semester

 

 no overdue
fine

 

1 semester after
due date

 

$35

 

$10

 

 

Note: Reference books, University Archives materials, and Special Collections materials are building-use only and do not circulate.