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Calhoun students and employees will be required to obtain picture I.D. cards. The schedule and location for getting a College ID made varies by campus. This I.D. card will also serve as a library card. Brewer Library and Huntsville Campus Library checkout will only be permitted with the presentation of a Calhoun picture I.D. card, driver's license, or previous Calhoun library card. Proof of current enrollment must accompany all of these forms of identification on your first visit to the Brewer Library or Huntsville Campus Library each semester.

You may check out a total of ten (10) items at a time, including:

Loan Periods

Regular collection books, new books, popular books collection, and book tapes 3 weeks for students
4 weeks for emplyees
Reserve items vary by classes, instructors and by term Ask Circulation for details
ILLs 3 weeks to all patron classes
Magazines, newspapers and reference books In-Library Use Only
Renewals 1 renewal for students
6 renewals for employees
No renewals allowed on popular books collection for students nor employees


Students receive one renewal and employees receive six renewals on most items.  Since the New, Gift and Leased books collections are limited, there are no renewals on these items.  You can renew books by telephone or My Account.  To renew items by My Account, go to the Library's Online Catalog then click on My Account.  Enter your barcode number and pin.  The pin is the last 4 digits of the telephone number that you provided on your borrower application.  Click on “Items Out”.  Then check each item that you would like renewed and click the renew button.  The items will be renewed as long as they meet the criteria for renewal.  The new due date will appear next to the item. 
Note: New, Gift and Leased items cannot be renewed.  Additionally, books may only be renewed one time online via "My Account."
Students: If your record has been placed on Academic Hold, you will not be allowed to renew books until the delinquency is settled. 

Overdue Fines

In-library reserve items:  $.50 per hour/item; $20 maximum/item

24-hr, 3-day, 7-day reserve items:  $.50 per day/item

Interlibrary loan:  $1 per day/item  

Overdue and Fine Notices

You will receive a due date receipt when you check out material.  Two additional notices will be sent once an item is overdue.  The first notice will be sent seven (7) days after the item is overdue.  If the item is not returned, on the 14th day the item is overdue a second notice will be sent.  You will be informed that you are being billed for the replacement cost of the item.  Students will be placed on Academic Hold.  If the item is still not returned on the 21st day that the item is overdue, then you will be sent a bill for the replacement cost of the item.  Once an Academic Hold has been placed on the borrowers record, it is the responsibility of the borrower to return the items or pay the late fee before checking out additional library materials.  Check out will not be permitted without payment of fees.  

Interlibrary Loans

Circulation can ILL journal articles and up to two (2) books for students and employees from other libraries.  Certain restrictions or fees may apply; contact Circulation (256-306-2774 or 256-890-4774) for details.

Intra-Library Loans

Users can borrow books from either campus library via Intra-Library Loan by requesting the book in the library catalog using My Account, or by completing the Intra-Library Loan (ILL) Request Form.  During the regular semester, books will be forwarded between campus libraries for pick-up the day following receipt of the request at the campus library holding the book.  This service is limited to Monday through Thursday.   Books  requested on Thursday will generally be available on Monday. You will be notified when the book becomes available for you to pick up. 

Regular borrowing policies apply for items borrowed through Intra-Library Loan.

Journal Articles

In house hard copy journal articles may not be duplicated in both locations. Holdings vary for each location.

When looking for journal articles; first, check to see if the title is held electronically in one of the online, full-text electronic databases.   Between the magazines, journals, and newspapers available online, there are thousands of journals and newspapers available electronically in full-text.

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