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Usage Policies

Southern students and other members of the community may check out library materials upon issuance of a library card. Non-students must present a photo identification such as a driver's license to receive a card. Children fourteen and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to check-out library materials.

Loan Period
Magazines, newspapers, reference materials, microfilms, etc. may not be checked-out. Books, records and audiotapes circulate for two-week periods and may be renewed two times unless requested by another patron. No materials will be renewed by phone. Check-out is limited to four books at any given time.

Overdues, Fines, and Lost Books
Students who have outstanding fines or who owe for lost or damaged library materials must pay all amounts outstanding before being allowed to register, receive grades or transcripts. Community patrons who have overdue materials or outstanding accounts will not be permitted to check out additional materials until accounts are paid in full. Lost book replacement charges are the cost of the book plus a ten-dollar processing fee. Book fines are five-cents per day per item; overdue fines on reserved material are fifty-cents PER HOUR per item.

Copies
Patrons may make copies (for personal use only) within fair-use guidelines of copyright law. Copies are twenty-cents each. A plain paper microfilm reader-printer is available for making copies from microfilm. The cost for this service is twenty-five cents per copy. Computer printouts are five-cents per page.

Interlibrary Loan Service
Students and community patrons needing books or magazine articles not available in Southern's library system may request those items from other libraries via the interlibrary loan service. Request forms are available at the front desk. Any fees charged by the lending library will be the responsibility of the patron. Please allow ten days to two weeks for receipt of loans.

Reserved Materials
Instructors may place materials on reserve for student use in the library. Reserve materials are for two-hour use in the library only, unless the instructor requests overnight check-out. Fines for overdue reserve materials are fifty-cents PER HOUR per item.

Audiovisual Aids
Audiovisual aids (televisions, videocassette players, slide projectors, DVD players, etc.) are available for use in the libraries, and for viewing audiovisual materials placed on reserve by instructors.

Accessibility
Kurzweil Readers, accessible carrels and computer programs, audio recordings, and a large selection of large-print books and are available in both libraries.

Newspapers on Microfilm
Logan Banner
1896-2005

Williamson Daily News
1913-1920; 1935-Sept. 2000

Special Collections
Appalachian Collection
Located in the Williamson Campus Library: 1,200 books, periodicals and audiovisuals pertaining to Appalachia. Includes local history, genealogical materials, National Archive Census tapes for Mingo County, WV and Pike County, KY to 1920. Microfilm of Williamson newspapers from 1911-1920 plus 1935-present.

Children’s Collection
Located in the Williamson Campus Library: 1,200 books, periodicals and audiovisuals pertaining to Appalachia. Includes local history, genealogical materials, National Archive Census tapes for Mingo County, WV and Pike County, KY to 1920. Microfilm of Williamson newspapers from 1911-1920 plus 1935-present.

West Virginia Collection
Located in the Harless Library: More than 2,100 books and materials on the Appalachian area. Includes local history and genealogical materials, National Archive Census tapes for all counties in West Virginia and also the Logan Banner on microfilm.

West Virginia Depository
The Williamson Campus Library is also a depository for West Virginia state government publications.