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Library FAQ

Welcome to the Alfred R. Goldstein Library! This guide has the most frequently asked questions about the library.

Returning Items

Q: Where can I return library materials?

A: You can return your library materials at the Circulation Desk or to the outside book return.

Q: Can I return items after the library is closed?

A: Yes, there is an outside book return on the south side of the library near the bike racks.

Q: Can someone else return items for me?

A: Yes, anyone may return your materials for you.

Q: What happens if I return something late?

A: There are currently no fines for late returns. However, if your items are overdue, your account will be blocked for additional check outs until the items are returned.

Q: Will my account be blocked if I do not return items?

A: Your account may be blocked if you have not returned overdue items. 

Borrowing & Renewing Items

Q: How do I get a library card?

A: If you are a student at Ringling College, a member of the staff or faculty, or a trustee, your ID will function as your Library card. 

Q: How many items can I borrow?

A: Ringling students, faculty, and staff may borrow up to 40 items at a time. Please click on 'Borrowing' under Library Services on the library homepage to review our lending policies.

Q: Can I check Reserve items out of the Library?

A: Sometimes. Whenever an instructor places an item on reserve, he or she decides whether the item can be checked out. Most items are 3-hour checkouts unless otherwise noted.  

Q: How do I renew books?

A: You can renew books by clicking on Sign in within the online catalog.

Q: How can I get a book or article that the Library doesn’t own?

A: Interlibrary Loan is a free service for Ringling students, faculty and staff. You can submit your request for Interlibrary Loan here

Fines & Lost/Damaged Items

Q: I have unpaid fines for late items. How can I pay my fines?

A: The Bursar's Office handles all library fine payments once they reach $20.00. 

Q: I have unpaid fines. Can I still borrow from the Library?

A: If the total amount of fines is $20 and under, you may still borrow from the Library. If the total amount of fines is over $20, you will need to pay down your fines to under $20 and then you may borrow from the Library. 

Q: I lost an item I had checked out. What should I do?

A: Please talk to a staff member at the Circulation Desk to review your options. 

Q: I accidentally damaged this item. What should I do?

A: Please report the item to the Circulation Desk. If the item can be repaired, there will be no charge. Please do not try to repair items yourself as many commercial tapes and glues can cause long-term damage to library materials. If the item cannot be repaired, it will be treated as a lost book.  Please see the previous question for details of the process.