Documented 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 identification and completion of the alumni borrower agreement (available at the circulation desk), qualifying individuals will be issued a card that must be presented each time books are checked out.
Lending: Up to five books and lectures may be borrowed concurrently, for a loan period of 30 days; up to five audio materials can be checked out for 2 weeks; and up to five video materials can be checked out for one week. Interlibrary loan services are not available for alumni borrowers.
Renewals: Alumni wishing to renew materials can either bring items to the Library for renewal or renew materials online through the Library’s catalog. Items can be renewed once online. The Library does not accept renewals by phone or email.
Recalls: Books requested by another patron must be returned within one 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 three weeks overdue, it will be considered lost and replacement charges will apply. If patrons find library materials that were lost and return the materials to the library, we will gladly refund the replacement cost, minus the $10 processing fee for materials returned within 90 days. Failure to return materials in a timely fashion may result in borrowing privileges being withdrawn.
The Library and College will be closed to visitors through August 2021. We regret that we are not able to provide a borrowing program for local residents. We hope to reinstate this program as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.
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.
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. These items may be renewed in person or online via the My Account feature on the library’s catalog. There is a limit of one online renewal per item. (Alumni borrowers can checkout up to 5 books and lectures concurrently for a period of 30 days.)
Periodicals: Current students, faculty, and staff may borrow up to five periodicals at one time. Periodicals may be borrowed for a period of two weeks. These items may be renewed in person or online via the My Account feature on the library’s catalog. There is a limit of one online renewal per item.
CDs: Current students, faculty, staff, and alumni may borrow up to five audio materials at a time. Audio materials may be borrowed for a period of two weeks. These items may be renewed in person or online via the My Account feature on the library’s catalog. There is a limit of one online renewal per item.
DVDs: Current students, faculty, staff, and alumni of St. John's College may borrow up to five video materials at a time. Video materials may be borrowed for a period of one week. These items may be renewed in person or online via the My Account feature on the library’s catalog. There is a limit of one online renewal per item.
Faculty Files, Prize Essays, Reserves, Vertical Files: Current students, faculty, and staff may borrow up to five items at a time. These items may be borrowed for a period of five hours for in-library use only.
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 on the title, then clicking on the "request copy" link to the right of the item's due date. Patrons then enter the number on their library card, enter any comments, and click on the "request" button to submit their recall request. The current borrower will then be notified that the item is recalled and will have seven days to return the material. Overdue fines for recalled items are $1/day to a maximum 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 three 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 processing fee for the work involved in locating, ordering, and cataloging the replacements. The charges for each category are as follows:
Library materials always remain the property of the college and must be returned whenever possible, no matter how much time has elapsed. If patrons find library materials that were lost and return the materials to the library within 90 days of the due date, we will refund the replacement cost, minus the $10 processing fee.
For more information or clarification about these policies, please contact the Library Director by phone at 410-626-2550 or e-mail at .
All Library materials must be returned in the book-drop located outside of the building. Materials from the book drop will be checked-in and placed in quarantine for 3 days.