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Library Services & Policies: Circulation Policies

Community Lending


Alumni (graduates of the college) who live within a 60 mile radius of Annapolis may be granted library borrowing privileges without a membership fee. Upon presentation of ID and completion of the alumni borrower agreement, qualifying individuals will be issued a card that must be presented each time books are checked out.

Lending: Alumni may check out 5 books or 5 lectures or a combination of books and lectures that amounts to 5 items for a period of 30 days. Alumni may check out 5 audio materials for 2 weeks and 5 DVDs for 1 week. Interlibrary loan services are not available for alumni borrowers.

Renewals: Alumni can either bring items to the Library for renewal or renew materials online through the Library’s catalog. Items can only be renewed once online. 

Recalls: Books requested by another patron must be returned within 1 week of notification. Notices will be sent through the mail, so please be sure your address is current with the library. Alumni cannot request items from other patrons.

Lost Fees The library does not charge overdue fees for items. If an item becomes more than 3 weeks overdue, it will be considered lost and replacement charges will apply. Failure to return materials in a timely fashion may result in borrowing privileges being withdrawn.

Town Borrowers

Adults who live within a 60-mile radius of Annapolis may be granted permission to borrow books from the Greenfield Library. There is a $15 fee for each four-month period, or a $45 fee for one calendar year. Official documentation, such as a current driver’s license or DMV ID, is required for proof of address upon registration.

USNA Faculty

Greenfield Library has a memorandum of understanding with the Nimitz Library at the USNA. USNA Faculty are eligible to borrow up to 10 books from the circulating collection for up to 4 weeks, with optional renewals. In addition to a USNA ID card, official documentation, such as a current driver’s license or DMV ID, is required for proof of address upon registration.

Circulation Policies

Borrower Cards 

Please visit the library’s circulation desk to sign up for a library card. Library cards must be presented each time a patron borrows from the library. Patrons are responsible for all materials checked out on their library card.

Loan Periods

Books and Print Lectures: Current students may borrow up to 100 books and print lectures. Faculty and staff of St. John's College may borrow an unlimited amount of books and print lectures from the library’s circulating collections. These materials may be borrowed for 120 days.

Periodicals: Current students, faculty, and staff may borrow up to 5 periodicals at one time. Periodicals may be borrowed for a period of 2 weeks. 

CDs: Current students, faculty, staff, and alumni may borrow up to 5 audio materials at a time. Audio materials may be borrowed for a period of 2 weeks. 

DVDs: Current students, faculty, staff, and alumni of St. John's College may borrow up to 5 video materials at a time. Video materials may be borrowed for a period of 1 week. 

Faculty Files, Prize Essays, Reserves, Vertical Files: Current students, faculty, and staff may borrow up to 5 items at a time. These items may be borrowed for a period of 5 hours for in-library use only.


Library materials, with the exception of in-library use only items, may be renewed in person or online via the My Account feature on the library’s catalog. There is a limit of 1 online renewal per item.


Current students, faculty and staff may make requests for materials that are currently checked out, with the exception of program titles and books used for laboratory and tutorial classes. Recall requests can be made by searching for the desired item in the online catalog, clicking the title, then clicking the "request copy" link to the right of the item's due date. Patrons then enter the number on their library card, any comments, and click on the "request" button to submit their request. The current borrower will then be notified that the item is recalled and will have 7 days to return the material. Overdue fines for recalled items are $1/day to a max of $10 per item. Once a recalled item is returned, the requesting patron will receive notification that the item is available for check-out at the library’s Circulation desk.

Overdue Charges: The library does not charge current students, faculty, and staff overdue fines for library materials with the exception of recalled items. Recalled items, items requested by other patrons, that are not returned by the given due date are charged $1/day to a maximum of $10 per item. Overdue audio and video materials checked out to alumni are charged $1/day to a maximum of $10 per item.

Borrowers will receive several overdue notices and if material is not returned, within 3 weeks of its due date, it will be considered lost and lost processing fees and lost fees will apply (see below).

Lost Charges

Library materials are loaned to library users in trust that they will be returned promptly and in good condition. The library charges a flat rate for each category of material, plus a $10 processing fee for the work involved in locating, ordering, and cataloging the replacements. The total charges for each category are as follows:

  • Regular book - $50
  • (Bound) Periodical - $50
  • Unbound Periodical- $20
  • Lecture (print) - $20
  • CD - $30
  • DVD - $30
  • Faculty File, Prize Essay, and Reserves - $50
  • Vertical File - $20
  • Unusually expensive items will be individually assessed.

Library materials must be returned whenever possible, no matter how much time has elapsed. If patrons find library materials that were lost and return them to the library within 90 days of the due date, we will refund the replacement cost and the $10 processing fee. If lost materials are returned 90 days or more after the due date, the fees will not be refunded.

For more information, please contact John Jewitt (Public Services Librarian) at or 443-482-6582, or Catherine Hines (Library Director) at or 410-626-2550.

Book Drop

Book Drop

Library materials may be returned in the book drop located outside of the building.  

Pick-Up Requests

Library Pick-up

The Library accepts online item requests from SJC students, faculty, and staff.  Please submit requests for materials via the Library catalog. The Library staff will retrieve requested materials and send an email to your SJC email address. Please bring your SJC 1Card / Library card to check out requested items.

Requests are limited to 15 items per day. Library staff retrieve requested items two times per day. The most reliable way to ensure that you get the library materials you need is to retrieve the materials yourself. Requests not picked up after 7 days will be returned to the shelf.

Guide to Pick-Up Requests

Here are directions on how to place pick-up requests via the Library's catalog.

Guide to placing pick-up requests