Thursday, June 23, 2011

4 X 4 X 4

To better serve our students, the library will begin loaning books for 4 weeks, instead of 2, beginning on August 1. We have started calling this our 4 x 4 x 4 program because books will check out for 4 weeks with one 4-week renewal and one 4-week grace period. In other words, students will have the option of keeping print materials for a total of 12 weeks without having to pay fines (all other materials will be subject to the original loan periods and fees). If students do not return the materials within the 4-week grace period, a $5 per item fee will apply. We are hoping that extending check out times will not only help students, but will also eliminate many of the 10 and 20 cent fines that we now must collect.

This new policy mirrors the procedure put into place a year ago by 65 I-Share libraries, one of which is Oakton Community College. Oakton’s circulation manager had nothing but good things to say about the policy. A new tri-fold brochure and bookmark with more information will be available at the library starting in August. If you would like more information about this new program, please feel free to call us at any time @ 847.543.2619.

We hope this new policy will provide our students with more time to use our materials which will result in better service. Happy summer!

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