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Libraries Policies

Library Privileges for Alumni

Special borrowing, research, and parking privileges are available for Alumni of Adelphi University, who register with the Office of Alumni Relations in Levermore Hall. Registered Alumni will receive Adelphi University Alumni photo identification cards from the Public Safety Department to distinguish them from other borrowers.

BORROWING PRIVILEGES: In order to check materials out of the University Libraries, a current Alumni ID Card must be presented at the Access Services Desk at Swirbul Library. The standard loan period for Alumni is twenty-eight days or the last day of the semester, whichever comes first. Some materials, such as musical scores, have restricted loan periods. Reference books and journals do not circulate.

ONLINE DATABASES: Alumni of Adelphi University who hold current Alumni ID cards and are valid library patrons may use selected online database either on-campus or from home. (To be a valid patron you must be entered into the system by the Access Services Department. If you are uncertain of your patron status, please contact the Access Services Desk, 516-877-3570.) For instructions on how to access these databases remotely, please see the following webpage:

LIMITATIONS: Each Alumni borrower is limited to ten books at any one time.

HOW TO RETURN BOOKS: Books may be returned to the Access Services Desk at Swirbul, to the book slots in the Library, or to the Access Services Desks of the other Adelphi Libraries (Hauppauge or Manhattan). When the Swirbul Library is closed, books may be returned to the outside book drop.

OVERDUE CHARGES: There is a grace period of three days for overdue circulating books. After three days there is a charge of twenty cents per day for the first day 10 days, $1.00 per day thereafter, for a maximum fine of $100.00 per item.

RENEWALS: If no other library borrower has requested them, books may be renewed by bringing them in to any of the three Access Services Desks (Swirbul, Hauppauge, and Manhattan). If you wish to renew your checked out items, you may do so by going to the My Library Account link on our web site Items that are overdue can not be renewed online

LOST MATERIALS: Lost library materials must be reported immediately. The charge for lost materials is the cost of the item, a $15 processing fee, plus the overdue charges accrued to the date the item is declared lost.

DAMAGED OR MUTILATED MATERIALS: If library material is returned in such poor condition that it can no longer be circulated, the borrower is responsible for replacing the material. The charge to the borrower is the cost of the material plus a $15 processing fee and any accrued fines.

LONG-OVERDUE MATERIALS: Any library material not returned within a semester after the due date will be declared lost. There is a $100.00 maximum overdue charge upon return of the material.

PENALTIES: The Library reserves the right to suspend the privileges of Alumni Borrowers who accumulate overdue charges in excess of $15, have a total of ten overdue circulating items, or have failed to return overdue recalled items.