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NSU Oceanographic Campus Library: Circulation Policies

NSU Oceanography Library Identification Policy

All assets of the NSU Oceanographic Campus Library (OCL) are available to NSU current students, faculty, and staff.  In order to receive services at the Circulation Desk of the OCL it is mandatory to have one of the following applicable identification:

NSU ID, aka SharkCard.
The SharkCard is required from all NSU current students, faculty and staff.  Acquire one here.

Circulation

Log in to view your library account, place material on hold, view your current circulation record, check/update your personal information, renew books, etc.

https://novacat.nova.edu/patroninfo

Check in
Borrowers are responsible for returning NSU Library materials by their due dates. Materials are checked in the same day that they are returned. Returned materials have to be in good condition to be able to be checked in. The library reserves the right to assess and declare the condition of all returned library materials.

Check out
Borrowers must visit the Circulation Desk to check out any type of an NSU Library circulating material. The NSU Shark Card is required for check outs. No other kind of identification is accepted for check outs. Borrowing privileges, loan periods, and fines may vary depending on the patron type, item type and item location. For further information please refer to Borrowing privileges and Fines policies listed below.

Renewals
If a Checked Out item is not overdue and there no holds placed on it, it can be renewed as follows:

  • Online through My Library Account.
  • Over the phone by calling the Circulation Desk at (954) 262-3699.
  • In person by visiting the Circulation Desk.

NSU students can find the course reserves items in NovaCat by the professor’s name or the course number. Course reserves items circulate for 2 hours (in library use only) or for 24 hours.

Reserve materials can be checked out at the Circulation Desk.

Students must present a current SharkCard to check out reserve materials.

If library materials are not returned by the due date, overdue fines will be assessed. Borrowing privileges will be suspended until all overdue materials are returned and/or fines paid. Library blocks may be put in effect if the fines are in excess of $5.00. NSU students or staff records that are blocked will result in unavailability of student transcripts and/or graduation.

  • Fines for overdue regular books are 25 cents per day. 
  • Fines for overdue audiovisual materials (AV) are $0.25 – $1.00 per day.
  • Fees for overdue reserve materials are $0.25 per hour.
  • Fines for lost/damaged materials are the cost of the item plus an additional $15.00 processing fee. If the item is out of print, the fine is a $35.00 charge plus an additional $15.00 processing fee. See the library’s Material Replacement Policy for more information.
  • OCL fines can be viewed online through My Library Account. OCL fines can be paid here.

The Circulation desk sends notices, either by regular mail or e-mail, to patrons alerting them of overdue materials and/or fines owed. If library materials are not returned by the due date, library notices are sent as a courtesy. Two overdue notices will be sent, and if necessary, a final notice stating the charges incurred for the item(s). Failure to receive a library notice does not remove the borrower’s obligation to return the materials by the due date and it does not constitute grounds for reducing a borrower’s fine.

If you cannot find an item on the shelf, please check nearby study tables, book carts and shelves. If it is still missing, please inform the Circulation Desk.

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Loan Periods and Borrowing Privileges

Item Type Max. Items Initial Loan Period Number of Renewals Renewal Loan Period
Monographs 50 60 days 2 30 days
DVDs/Blu-Rays 10 7 days 2 7 days
Tablets 1 14 days 1 14 days
Item Type Max. Items Initial Loan Period Number of Renewals Renewal Loan Period
Monographs 50 90 days 2 30 days
DVDs/Blu-Rays 10 7 days 2 7 days
Tablets 1 14 days 1 14 days
Item Type Max. Items Initial Loan Period Number of Renewals Renewal Loan Period
Monographs 50 45 days 2 30 days
DVDs/Blu-Rays 10 7 days 2 7 days
Tablets 1 14 days 1 14 days
Item Type Max. Items Initial Loan Period Number of Renewals Renewal Loan Period
Monographs 50 30 days 2 30 days
DVDs/Blu-Rays 10 7 days 2 7 days
Tablets N/A N/A N/A N/A
Item Type Max. Items Initial Loan Period Number of Renewals Renewal Loan Period
Monographs 50 60 days 2 60 days
DVDs/Blu-Rays 10 7 days 2 7 days
Tablets N/A N/A N/A N/A
Item Type Max. Items Initial Loan Period Number of Renewals Renewal Loan Period
Monographs 50 60 days 2 60 days
DVDs/Blu-Rays 10 7 days 2 7 days
Tablets N/A N/A N/A N/A
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Circulation Policy for Non-NSU Patrons

The circulating material of the NSU Oceanographic Campus Library is not directly available to non-NSU patrons.

To gain access to unique OCL materials with a Broward Resident card from the Alvin Sherman Library:

Holds

Library patrons may place a hold on materials based on the following:

  • If an item is checked out, visit the Circulation Desk, call (954) 262-3699, or go online at My Library Account to request it. Holds on checked out items do not shorten the existing due date, but prohibit renewals. Notification is done by email when the item is returned, and it will be held at the Circulation Desk for 5 days, after which it will be re-shelved or circulated to the next waiting user.
  • Holds on available items can be placed online at My Library Account or call (954) 262-3699. Online holds on available items take a maximum of 2 business days to process (borrowing of items is on a first come first serve basis). Once the hold is fulfilled you will be contacted by email and the item will be held at the Circulation Desk for 5 days.
  • Patrons can utilize ILLiad, the Interlibrary Loan service to request books or journal articles that are not available through NovaCat. For more information on requesting items via Interlibrary Loan please see Document Delivery/Interlibrary Loan.
  • All patrons have a maximum of 20 holds.

Capstones, Theses, and Dissertations

NSU Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography - Ocean Campus Capstones, Theses, and Dissertations published until mid-2015 are available in print by the Oceanographic Campus Library circulation desk.

The process for requesting this type of material is as follows:

  • Print:
  • Electronic:
    • Access to theses and dissertations is also available online through NSU Works: http://nsuworks.nova.edu/occ_stuetd/ 
      • If an item is embargoed, you can contact the author directly, or visit the Oceanographic Campus Library to view a print copy, if available. 
    • Access to portfolios and capstone e-copies may be requested via email (oclibrary@nova.edu), in person, by phone, or online here.  

Reserves - Faculty Information

All materials submitted for course reserves must be accompanied by a completed Course Reserves Form, attached below, or via our online form.

The following items may be placed on reserve by Faculty/Professor:

  • Library-owned materials: The professor can submit items from the ASL collections directly to the Circulation Desk.
  • Faculty-owned materials: Some amount of wear should be expected while the item is on reserve. The Library will not accept responsibility for damage to personal materials.
  • Print copied materials: Clean, first generation copies of material in the best obtainable condition can be submitted.

At the beginning of each term, please allow three business days, and during the term one business day for material to be processed and made available to students.

Faculty members are responsible for obtaining copyright permission if applicable for print course reserves. For assistance or further information about obtaining copyright permission, visit the Copyright and Fair Use Resources or the Office of Copyright.

The faculty may request removal of reserve materials at any time. At the end of each semester, items that are expired will be removed from the reserves shelf. If they belong to the professor they will be returned to him/her via interoffice mail, or the professor can pick them up at the Circulation Desk. All library materials will be re-shelved to the appropriate locations.

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