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For Faculty

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 reserve 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 Bestsellers books will renew for their original loan period.

Patrons may renew items in person, by phone, or by e-mail to circulation@bridgewater.edu. Faculty, staff, and students also have the option to renew from their 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 (ILL@bridgewater.edu) 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. Charges will be placed on all student accounts for items not returned within 14 days after the end of each semester. Administrator accounts are managed on a case-by-case basis. 

Holds:  Patrons may place a hold through the library website by clicking on the selected item and then the hold button. It may take up to 24 hours to fulfill holds once items are available. Patrons will be notified when the item is ready for pick up. Item will be held at the circulation desk for 3 days. Holds are processed Monday through Friday.

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.

Mail-Order Borrowing: Students who are learning remotely who wish to check out physical materials from the library may request them to be mailed to their house. Should you wish to borrow a material, simply email all relevant information about the item to ill@bridgewater.edu along with your mailing address. We will mail the item to you and provide both a return label and a package to mail the item back to us.

Faculty Loan Periods

Material Faculty
General & Reference Books

120 days

DVDs/CDs & Periodicals 14 days
Bestsellers Books up to 5 items for 30 days
Course Reserves

3 hours

24 hours or 3 day limits may be available

Laptops

3 hours

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

Media Equipment 4 days
Special Collections Materials Do Not Circulate
Interlibrary loans (ILLs) Determined by the lending library