Student Services and Resources
The libraries' purpose is to provide materials to support the work of students and faculty and to help students learn the research skills needed for academic work. To provide equal access to library materials for all students, the following regulations govern library use:
- St. Olaf and Carleton have combined their library online systems, enabling students to search both libraries' holdings simultaneously. The new system is named Bridge and can be found at http://bridge.stolaf.edu
- To ensure accuracy students must present their St. Olaf ID card to check out materials from the library.
- All late fees and replacement fees are the responsibility of the student and must be paid at the library where the fees were accrued.
- Students are responsible for all charges made on their library cards. Therefore, missing or lost cards should be reported to library staff immediately, and cards should be neither lent nor borrowed.
- Students borrowing materials assume the responsibility for the care and return of these materials when due, the payment of fines, and the replacement charges for lost or damaged materials.
- Most materials circulate for 7 weeks. Periodicals circulate for one week, except those in the science library and current issues. Certain materials (reference books, sound recordings, micro-forms, special collections) must be used within the libraries. Some materials in heavy use are placed on reserve with restricted loan periods.
- Overdue notices are mailed or e-mailed only as a courtesy. It is recommended that students frequently review their own borrowing record online for accurate information and due dates.
Materials are subject to late fees at the rates listed below.
- Hourly Reserves - $2 for each item in the first hour, $4 for the second hour, and $5 for each additional hour.
- Recalled Material - $5 per day per item.
- St. Olaf Student 3 day video check out - $5 per day per video.
- Concerns regarding these charges should be addressed to the loan services supervisor of the library involved.
- When materials are lost or not returned, the purchase price of the material, any late fees, and a $20 replacement fee per item is assessed. If the material is later returned, the purchase price is refunded but not the replacement charge or late fee.
- Abuse of library privileges (i.e., willfully depriving other library users of library material) is taken very seriously. Instances of abuse will be referred to the dean of students or other offices as appropriate.
- Students will be charged for damage to library equipment or facilities.
- The college will not release transcripts or issue diplomas until all library accounts are cleared.
- Students must be quiet in study areas so other students will not be disturbed. Offenders may be asked to leave the libraries. Please refrain from using cell phones.
- Students found in the libraries after closing hours will be fined a minimum of $75. The dean of the college and the dean of students will review infractions.
- Materials not available at St. Olaf or Carleton can be requested though interlibrary loan by completing the online form at the library web page. Photocopies of periodical articles will be placed in P.O. boxes. Books will be available at the Rølvaag circulation desk, with notices emailed.
Library Hours are available on the Library's web site. Library hours vary during holidays and vacation periods and are posted in advance. All libraries enforce no food and drink policies.