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Circulation Services

Due Dates

The faculty circulation period for most books is 91 days. The circulation period for leisure books is 21 days; videos circulate for 7 days. Faculty members are not usually charged library fines, but are asked to return materials on time or renew them as appropriate. Faculty 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. Faculty members who leave Furman must return ALL materials checked out before departing.

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.


Items which are recommended but not required reading should not be placed on reserve.

  • Books or media items requested through Interlibrary Loan are not eligible for reserve. The lending library makes the assumption that these items are for single patron use. Please consider suggesting items of this type for purchase for the Furman Library collection well in advance of your needed timeframe.
  • Note that putting copies of articles or chapters on reserve may violate U.S. copyright laws. This is almost always true if copies are put on reserve for more than one term. In this case, the faculty member should request permission from the publisher. The library will not put copies on reserve for more than one term without written permission from the copyright holder.
  • Articles received through InterLibrary Loan are under electronic licensing restrictions from the lending library and may not be distributed to multiple patrons. Please contact the ILL department to order articles directly from the publisher whenever possible.

Questions concerning copyright and reserves should be addressed to

Placing Materials on Reserve

Faculty may place print materials on reserve at the Circulation Desk by completing the online Reserve Request Form (located on the left-hand side of this page) or by filling out a paper copy and giving it to the Access Services Assistant on duty. Faculty may choose to place items on reserve for one, three, six, or twenty-four hours, or for three or seven days. Materials to be scanned should be accompanied by a reserve request form and should be brought to the circulation desk or given to the Access Services Assistant on duty. Once scanned, documents will be posted to the corresponding course on Moodle.

Booking Materials for Classroom Use

Booking requests are used to ensure the availability of library owned materials for faculty use. By booking materials, faculty members may schedule the availability of library items to correspond with their teaching syllabus. Faculty may make booking requests for all circulating library materials, such as books, DVDs or videos. These requests should be limited to items that are for a specific class or event. Bookings can be initiated at the Circulation Desk by filling out a paper Booking Request Form and giving it to the Access Services Assistant on duty. Bookings should be made as far in advance as possible, but at least three working days will be required to process booking requests. Faculty can confirm booking requests through the catalog using View Your Record. After logging in to your library account, all scheduled bookings will display on the left side of the screen.

Borrowing Books from Other Libraries

You can search for books at other libraries using WorldCat.

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.