At Metropolitan State University Library our goal is to provide access to the information resources that our students, faculty, staff, and the broader community need in as convenient of a manner as possible. At the same time, it is the responsibility of the library to assure that library materials are kept secure and in a manner that protects the privacy of library users.

The following policy reflects library practices for delivering materials to our various campuses and attempts to balance concerns of privacy, security, and equity for all university members.

Criteria

What we will do for students:

  • Hold materials at the Saint Paul campus library second floor circulation desk for pick-up.

  • Note that hold time varies depending upon whether an item is a hold or an interlibrary loan

  • Mail articles upon request to students who reside outside of the seven county Metro area (Anoka, Hennepin, Ramsey, Washington, Dakota, Carver, and Scott Counties)

What we will not do:

  • Due to security and privacy concerns, we are unable to send materials to other campuses, including Midway, Minneapolis, and Brooklyn Park

  • Due to limited resources, we are unable to mail materials other than articles to students

  • Check out materials to anyone other than the requestor, even if this individual has the requestor's library card

  • Mail materials to students who live within the seven county Metro area

What we will do for staff and resident faculty:

  • Hold materials at the Saint Paul campus library second floor circulation desk for pick-up.

  • Send materials to the staff or resident faculty member's university mailbox

    • This includes materials from the circulating collection as well as interlibrary loans

What we will not do:

  • Mail items to home addresses

  • Check out materials for faculty or staff to students or graduate assistants on behalf of the staff or faculty member

What we will do for community faculty:

  • Hold materials at the Saint Paul campus library second floor circulation desk for pick-up.

What we will not do:

  • Send materials to the mailbox of the community faculty member's home department

  • Mail items to home addresses

  • Check out materials for faculty or staff to students or graduate assistants on behalf of the staff or faculty member

  • Send materials to the mailbox of another staff or resident faculty member

Exception:

  • Community faculty members who teach in Brooklyn Park have individual mailboxes that are in a secure location. Therefore, materials will be sent to Brooklyn Park by arrangement.

Responsibilities for library users

It is the responsibility of students, staff, and resident and community faculty members to return all library materials in the condition to which they were received by the specified due date. In most cases, library materials may be renewed. Please see the circulation policy for more information on circulation periods, policies, and fines.

Materials can be returned to the St. Paul campus, or to another Minnesota State institution. Please note that items remain on the user's record until checked back in at the St. Paul campus library. Staff and faculty may return items via intercampus mail.

Adopted November 2011

Review

This policy will be reviewed annually or as needed. Last date of review: November 2011