Library Information

Circulation Policies for Faculty & Staff

Library Cards
Your Alvernia University ID also functions as your library card. You will be held responsible for all materials checked out on your card, including any unauthorized use, until the library has been notified that the card is lost or stolen.

Loan Periods
General Collection Books - 90 days

Best Seller Books & Audiobooks - 30 days

Childrens Books & Curriculum Materials - 90 days

CDs, Videos & DVDs - 30 days

Equipment - 1 day

Italian-American Collection Books - 30 days

Italian-American CDs and Videos - 14 days

Reference books, periodicals, and software do not circulate except by special permission.

Items may be renewed once, either in-person, online, or by phone. Best Sellers and audiobooks may not be renewed.

If a student, faculty or staff needs an item currently checked out to another borrower, they may place a recall on the item. The original borrower may keep the item for a maximum of two weeks from the original check-out date after which time the item must be returned to the library. The only exception to this rule is that for Reserve purposes an item may be recalled immediately.

Faculty and staff are not charged fines for overdue materials. Items more than 1 month overdue are considered lost. Patrons with a lost item will not be allowed to check out materials and will be charged the replacement cost of the item.

Reciprocal Borrowing Privileges at Other Libraries

College Libraries
Alvernia University students, faculty, and staff are entitled to borrowing privileges at a number of area college libraries. Patrons must present a valid Alvernia ID to register for a library card at a participating institution. Patrons are bound by the rules of the individual circulating libraries. Participating libraries includes:

Albright College
Bucknell University
Dickinson College
Dickinson School of Law
Elizabethtown College

Franklin and Marshall College
Gettysburg College
Harrisburg Area Community College
Juniata College
Kutztown University
Lebanon Valley College
Lycoming College
Messiah College
Millersville University
Penn College of Technology
Penn State/Harrisburg Campus
Shippensburg University
State Library of Pennsylvania
Susquehanna University
U.S. Army War College
York College.

Penn State
Alvernia University patrons may apply for a library card entitling them to borrowing privileges upon presentation of a current and valid Alvernia ID card.


Public Libraries

Alvernia faculty and staff may obtain library cards from the libraries in the ALIN (Advanced Library Information Network) system. Member libraries include: Berks County Public Libraries, the Reading Public Library, Reading Area Community College, and the Council on Chemical Abuse (COCA). Patrons are bound by the rules of the individual circulating libraries

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