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Circulation Desk

The Circulation Desk is the primary location to check out and return materials.

Circulation Policies

Loan Periods


1 academic semester

 PhD Students

1 academic semester

 University Staff

4 weeks/28 days

Graduate Students

4 weeks/28 days

Undergraduate Students

3 weeks/21 days

 Alumni/Retired Faculty-Staff

3 weeks/21 days

 Participating High Schools

3 weeks/21 days

 Special Summer Program Participants

3 weeks/21 days


Overdue Fines 
Overdue fines begin on the day after the book is due 
$ .25   a day, per title, for standard checkout periods.
$50.00   per item

Mon- Thurs

8:00AM - 5:00PM


8:00AM - 5:00PM





*Holiday and special event hours will be posed at the appropriate time.*

Linda Forsythe

Melanie Haynes

Rena Darensbourg


 Overdue Fines

Patrons are responsible for all fines which result from overdue returns, damage to items, lost or stolen items, including those items obtained by interlibrary Loan.

In order to check books out, you must have no overdue books or fines. If you have overdue books or an unpaid fine, your library account will be blocked until the fine is paid at the Comptroller's Office.

Overdue books or unpaid fines will prevent SU Students from:

  • Checking-out additional books from John B. Cade Library
  • Accessing the library's databases remotely (off-campus)

Lost/Damaged Books Policy

Lost book charges include:

  • The cost of the book
  • $20.00 replacement fee
  • Accumulated fines on the book
If a lost book is found and returned to the library, the cost of the book minus the replacement fee is credited to the patron’s account by the Comptroller’s Office.  The accumulated fines are non-refundable.


Any library material may be recalled or have a hold placed on them.  A recall is an official request for a book to be returned early.  A hold is the reserving of an item, upon returning, for the next user.  Library patrons can request a user hold on needed items currently charged out to another patron. When the material becomes available, the patron is notified and given three (3) days to pick up the items(s) at the Circulation Desk; after the 3-day hold, the items(s) will be returned to the shelf.


Faculty and PhD students can renew materials at the end of the spring, summer, and fall semesters.
Reserve materials cannot be renewed. 

Library materials must be renewed on or before the due date. Borrowers are extended renewals loan periods up to 4 times.  After the 4th time the items must be returned to circulation.

The following materials cannot be renewed:

  • Overdue renewed items
  • Items on hold
  • Items held by a borrower whose student ID is blocked
  • Items that have been renewed up to 4 times

How to renew materials

Material may be renewed from a computer workstation within the library or from a remote location internet access.

To renew books online:

  • Click on “My Account”
  • You will see “My Account” 
  • Select “Renew My Materials”


Students, faculty and staff can check-out videos for three (3) days. There is a $3.00 fine for overdue videos.  Damaged and lost videos will be assessed (1) $25.00-replacement processing fee; plus the cost of the item.