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Circulation Rules

The main circulation desk is located on the second floor of the library. The circulation desk is the point where materials on the second floor may be checked out. This is also where most reserve materials are housed.

Check out privileges are granted to all currently enrolled students, faculty, staff, and Courtesy Card Users at Nicholls State University. Community members not affiliated with Nicholls can purchase Courtesy Cards at the Circulation Desk. For students, faculty, and staff, the NSU Colonel Card serves as the library card. Most of the items in the library circulate; however, there are some which do not, and these are noted in our catalog as non-circulating.

Loan Periods

Students Faculty/Staff Courtesy Card Users
Books 3 Weeks End of Semester 3 Weeks
Most Videos, CD’s, and LP’s 3 Days 7 days 3 Days
General Videos 7 days 7 days 7 days
Most Reserves 2 Hours * 2 Hours * 2 Hours *

* These items must be used in the library department they are housed in.


As long as another patron has not placed an offical request for the item you have checked out, you may renew the item up to three times. This may be done by bringing your Colonel Card to the circulation desk prior to the due date. You may also renew your items online if your account with the library is in good standing. Remember your User ID is your third party ID (email login ID). Your library PIN is your BANNER Number.


Each item that is overdue accures a fine of 25 cents per day. If you return the overdue materials to the library in person, you may pay your fines at that time. If you do not pay your fines when the items are returned, the fine will be handled through the Controller’s Office.

Reserve materials that circulate for two hours accrue a fine of $0.60/hr. Reserve materials that circulate overnight, or for 3-day or 7-day periods accrue a fine of $1.20/day.

Lost Items

Lost or non-returned item is considered lost after 40 days overdue. On the 50th day after the item was due, the patron is billed for:

book cost (average annual) ** $63.56 **
accrued fines not to exceed $10.00 per item $10.00
a processing fee of $5.00 per item $ 5.00
$78.56 ** – Per Item

** Represents an average book cost only. The replacement cost of an given book could be much higher.

LALINC Reciprocal Borrowing Cards

Course Reserves Policies

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