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For Community Patrons

Eligible Patrons

All patrons must hold a valid borrower's card. Below is a list of eligible patrons:

  • BC faculty, staff, and their spouses and children
  • BC students
  • BC alumni
  • BC Board members
  • Community residents of Rockingham, Augusta, and Highland counties
  • Eastern Mennonite University employees and students
  • James Madison University employees and students
  • Mary Baldwin College employees and students

Borrowing Information

Identification: A valid college ID or library borrower's card must be presented for each check-out. The library will retain a patron's card as collateral while a laptop or course reserve item is checked out. Borrowers are prohibited from permitting others to use their college ID.

Renewals:  General Books, DVDs, and other general circulating items may be renewed once. Books will renew for half their original loan period, DVDs and browsing books will renew for their original loan period.

Patrons may renew items in person, by phone, or by e-mail to Faculty, staff, and students also have the option to renew from their ALEX Discovery account. 

Items may not be renewed if they are on hold by another patron.

To renew interlibrary loan items, you must contact the ILL service ( at least 3 days in advance so that the lending library can verify the renewal.

Replacements: Borrowers are responsible for the replacement fee if an item is not returned or is damaged.

Holds:  Patron may place any item. Patrons will be notified when the item is ready for pick up. Item will be held at the circulation desk for 3 days.

Recalls:  Faculty may recall items. Please allow at least two working days from the date of recall.

Reciprocal Borrowing: Borrowing privileges are available for BC students, staff, and faculty at Eastern Mennonite University, James Madison University, Shenandoah University, and Mary Baldwin College. BC patrons must abide by the rules of those libraries when borrowing their materials.

Loan Periods

Material Students Faculty/Staff Community
General & Reference Books

up to 25 items for 60 days

up to 40 items for 120 days up to 15 items for 60 days
DVDs/CDs & Periodicals up to 5 items for 7 days up to 10 items for 14 days up to 5 items for 7 days
Browsing Books up to 5 items for 30 days up to 5 items for 30 days up to 5 items for 30 days
Course Reserves

3 items at a time for 3 hours

24 hours or 3 day limits may be available

3 hours at a time for 3 hours

24 hours or 3 day limits may be available

May not check out course reserve items

3 hours

May be available for extended checked out with IT permission for 10 days

3 hours

May be available for extended checkout with IT permission for 10 days

May not check out laptops
Media Equipment 4 days 4 days May not check out these items
Special Collections Materials Do Not Circulate Do Not Circulate

Do Not Circulate

Interlibrary loans (ILLs) Determined by the lending library Determined by the lending library Determined by the lending library


Lending of Electronic Devices

Purpose: The primary purpose of the library’s media equipment collection is to support students and their creations of digital class projects. Equipment may be used by faculty, staff, and by students for non-class projects as available.

Loan Periods: Bridgewater students, faculty and staff may check out Media Equipment for 4 days. Community Patrons may not check out media equipment. You can reserve items and check availability using the library’s Media Equipment webpage:

Extended Loans: Loan requests beyond 4 days will be considered on a case by case basis before item is checked out. Please use the following form to initiate an extended loan request: . Questions about extended loans can be sent to Helen at

Fines: Media Equipment has an overdue charge of $1.00 per day per item for 14 days. After 14 days an item will be considered LOST and patron will be billed for a replacement item. Replacement costs are based on the equipment cost listed in the item record plus an additional $20 processing fee.

General Guidelines: Patrons are responsible for the replacement fee (as listed above) if a device is not returned OR is returned damaged or with missing parts. Returning the device does not clear borrower from responsibility if the device is damaged while in their possession. Media Equipment must be returned to the Circulation Desk and may not be returned through the outside book drop. Patrons are responsible for ensuring that all parts of device are present before returning, and that any personal data/files is cleared from device. Patrons are expected to abide by the Bridgewater College Policy on Computer Usage available in the IT Center’s Knolwedgebase.