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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: Jan 15, 2015 URL: Print Guide Email Alerts

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Borrowing Library Materials

Your Palacard serves as your library card.

Due Dates

Staff members are generally not charged for regular overdue books (exceptions include items borrowed through Interlibray Loan and PASCAL Delivers).  However, we ask all patrons to return materials on time or renew them as appropriate.  Staff members will be billed for items that are lost or damaged.


As a courtesy, patrons will receive overdue notices via email.


You can renew library materials 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 7 digit 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.


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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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.  A bill for the estimated cost of the overdue item, plus a $15.00 replacement processing fee is sent thirty days after an item's due date.


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