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Library Orientation for Staff Members  

This guide is designed to assist Furman University staff members in navigating the resources and services available at the James B. Duke Library.
Last Updated: May 26, 2015 URL: Print Guide Email Alerts

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Borrowing Library Materials

Your Palacard serves as your library card.

Due Dates

The staff circulation period for most books is 91 days. The circulation period for leisure books is 21 days; videos circulate for 7 days. Staff members are not usually charged library fines, but are asked to return materials on time or renew them as appropriate. Staff members will be billed for items that are lost or damaged, including the base cost of the item plus a $15.00 replacement processing fee. Staff members who leave Furman must return ALL materials checked out before departing.


Renewing Checked-out Items

If you need a book or video 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.


Courtesy and Overdue Notices

Courtesy notices are sent via email three days before an item's due date.  An overdue notice is sent via email one day after the item is due.  A second overdue notice is sent seven days after an item's due date.  A third overdue notice is sent fourteen days after an item's due date.


Borrowing Books from Other Libraries

You can search for books at other libraries using WorldCat. You can also search the catalogs of other libraries individually if you prefer.

PASCAL Delivers is a library service that allows Furman students, faculty or staff to borrow books from SC academic libraries. Books are delivered to the main library within five business days by the PASCAL Delivers courier. You will receive an email notice when your items arrive. This free service is currently used to borrow books only. The loan period is six weeks and renewals are not permitted.

Interlibrary Loan is a service whereby the ILL/Document Delivery department will do their best to acquire any type of material needed including media (videos, film, sound recordings), and sheet music in addition to books and journal articles from other libraries world-wide. Interlibrary loan materials usually take 5-10 days to arrive and you will receive notification by e-mail when it arrives.

As a Duke Endowment Library, Furman also has circulation agreements with Davidson, Duke, and Johnson C. Smith in North Carolina. You can borrow books from these libraries using your Furman ID card. If you check books out from these libraries, you can return them to the Main Library at Furman and we will ship them back for you.


Borrowing Privileges for Dependents

Dependents of Furman employees may apply for a Dependent ID Card at the University's Business Office.  This Furman ID card will serve as your dependent's library card.  Dependents may keep most books checked out for 42 days. The circulation period for leisure books is 21 days; videos circulate for 7 days.


Loan Periods for Staff Members

Material Type

Loan Period

books from the General Collection

91 days

new books

91 days

leisure books

21 days

books from PASCAL

42 days

books from Interlibrary Loan

due dates vary


21 days

music cds

21 days


7 days


14 days


iPads & kindles

Borrowing privileges for electronic devices through the library are extended to current Furman University faculty, staff, and students.

The check-out period for electronic devices is two weeks, with a two-week renewal if there are NO patrons waiting for use.

It is the patron's responsibility to know when items are due and to return them by the item due date.

Electronic devices should be returned to the circulation desk, Do not drop in the outside or interior bookdrop locations.

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Apple iPad Loan Information

#1 - You MUST sign the iPad Lending Agreement which acknowledges that you agree with the borrowing terms.


#2 - You must have your own iTunes account in order to use the iPad.  If you don't have one currently, you will have to create one. You will be asked to provide a method of payment, however you will not be charged unless you make a purchase. You can get more information here:


If you are not familiar with Apple products or iTunes, more information is available on Apple's website, click here:


Once you create an iTunes account, connect the iPad to the computer where you just installed iTunes and the iPad should do the rest.


#3 - You are responsible for purchasing any apps you wish to use with the iPad. When the iPad is returned, the library deletes all information and resets it for the next patron. No personal information is stored on the iPad you borrow

#4 - Overdue charges for the iPad are $5.00/day.


#5 - You are responsible for the replacement cost of the iPad should it be lost, stolen, or damaged.  The replacement cost is $750.00.


Questions?  Contact Robyn Andrews or Jimmy Quinn at 864-294-2264.


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