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Circulation Services

OLLI Members borrowing privileges

Current Osher Lifelong Learning Institute members are welcome to use and borrow from Furman's libraries.  Please bring your Furman-issued ID to the Main Library's Circulation Desk, and a library staff member will create your account on the spot.  Your Furman ID also serves as your library card.

Borrowing Books and Videos

Your library card is required for circulation transactions. Some library materials, such as bound periodicals and reference books, circulate only with permission from a Circulation staff member or Reference librarian. Other items, such as current periodicals and rare books, do not circulate under any circumstances. If you would like to see what you currently have checked out, you can view your account using your library barcode number.

Your Name:
Barcode #:

Due Dates

Loan periods  
books 6 weeks
leisure books 3 weeks
dvds 1 week


​OLLI members may keep most books checked out for 42 days. The circulation period for leisure books is 21 days; videos circulate for 7 days. If you need a book for longer than 42 days, you can usually renew it. If a book or video is on reserve for a class, the loan period may be shorter.

OLLI members may borrow up to 10 items at one time.

Renewing Checked-out Items

If you need an item for longer than the normal loan period, you can renew it online, over the phone, or in person. To see what you have checked out, when it is due, and renew online, you will need your Furman ID number. To renew by phone, you can call the Main Library Circulation Desk at 294-2265, the Music Library at 294-3795, or the Science Library at 294-2455.


Note: An item may not be renewed if it has been requested by another patron. Items checked out to you may be recalled if needed by a faculty member for course reserves.

Overdues and Fines

The library sends out overdue notices, but that does not mean items are not due until you receive a notice. If for some reason you do not receive a notice, you are still obligated to return items on time or pay overdue fines. Patrons who do not return items after 30 days will be billed for the estimated cost of the item plus a $15.00 replacement processing fee. Patrons who do not return items or pay fines or charges incurred may be barred from checking out additional items, registering for classes, receiving a diploma, and requesting transcripts.

Note: Borrowing privileges are suspended for patrons with fines totaling more than $50.

Fines may be paid in cash or check at the James B Duke Library on campus or mailed to Furman University marked Attention: Library - Circulation.

Access to Databases

The Furman Libraries has a wide array of databases that allow you to find and access articles, books and other types of information. All of the over 250 databases we subscribe to are available to OLLI members in our library, or from computers around campus. OLLI members cannot log on to these from off campus because of licensing restrictions. Some popular and useful databases are listed below but you can see everything we subscribe to from the All Database List. If you are looking for something you do not see, please don't hesitate to contact Reseach Assistance.