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Borrowing: Borrowing

Loan Periods

Lander faculty/staff: 
One academic year (two semesters)

Lander students/outside borrowers 
One semester


Anyone with a valid Lander ID or JL Outside Borrower’s Card can borrow materials from the Jackson Library. The Lander ID Card serves as a borrower’s card for students, faculty, and staff of the University. Please report lost or stolen cards to University Police (Lander ID holders only). Library cards may be used only by the person named on the card.


Borrowers who return items during operating hours can hand materials directly to the desk attendant. Additionally, there is an outdoor book drop located on the brick wall to the far right of the main entrance for returns and is available 24/7. Reserve items should be returned directly to the desk attendants during hours when the building is open. Overnight reserve loans may be returned in the outdoor book drop.

To safeguard against error, all materials returned to Jackson Library are checked-in twice. Once when returned, and once again before being re-shelved.

Extras to borrow

Phone charger

The library's service desk has a variety of useful items available to borrow for in-library use only. Time limits are set to 1, 3, or 6 hours and vary by item.

  • Phone chargers
  • Portable laptop charger
  • Dry-erase markers and erasers
  • Lap-size whiteboards
  • Blankets
  • Box fans
  • Calculators
  • Finger labyrinths 


Materials not returned

Borrowers are responsible for monitoring their own accounts and can do so directly by signing into Bearcat Search. Keep close track of your due dates and be certain to have a current address on file with the library and the Registrar's Office, so that notices can be delivered promptly. Failure to receive notices is not sufficient grounds for cancelling library charges.

All borrowers are subject to a $100 minimum lost material fee assessed for all items not returned. The fee includes cost of material and physical processing. If the replacement cost is more than the minimum, the borrower may have to pay a higher fee.

Accumulation of long-overdue items will result in suspension of borrowing privileges until the patron's record is cleared. 


Refunds for replacement fees will only be issued within thirty (30) days of the original payment if lost materials are found.


Library books should be renewed on or before the due date. We recommend that you keep track of your due dates and not depend on overdue notices, which are sent out as a courtesy only. Jackson Library views renewal of materials as an acknowledgement that you, the borrower, currently have these materials in your possession.

How to renew:
  • Lander faculty, staff and students may sign into Bearcat Search to renew library materials and monitor account information online.
  • All patrons may renew items in person or by email.
  • Material cannot be renewed over the phone, as the library cannot guarantee the accuracy of telephone transactions.
Some materials may not be eligible for renewal:
  • Items that have been recalled/requested
  • Long overdue items for which account holders have been assessed replacement charges
  • Items that have reached their renewal limit:
    • Faculty/staff – unlimited renewals
    • All other patrons – three (3) renewals
Why have renewal limits?
Renewal limits are needed to ensure that the collection is available to the entire community. Having more books on the library's shelves increases the ability to browse the collection and provides more immediate access to materials than our recall system provides. Also, renewal limits encourage patrons to return items that are no longer being actively used. Renewal limits allow both the library and borrowers to identify, replace or repair lost or damaged books more quickly.

Questions about borrowing?

Grant Stone
Access Services Specialist
Phone: (864) 388-8121

Caroline Jenkins
Access Services Specialist
Phone: (864) 388-8654