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Circulation Services

Books and Periodicals

Once a Library patron selects desired materials, he or she proceeds to check out these selections by submitting the appropriate ID/PIN information as directed by the library computer system, which will allow the materials to be checked out for a two-week period. Library patrons may renew at the end of the two-week period twice for a total of six weeks.

Other Materials

Requests for digital and audio-visual materials shelved in A. Merril Smoak Jr. Library follow the procedures used for books.

Number of Items Borrowed


Undergraduate Student

Graduate Student



Number of Items





Length of Loan

2 Weeks

2 Weeks

1 Month

2 Weeks

Renewing Library Materials

In-Person: At the Circulation/Check-Out Desk.

AMSL materials can be renewed if the borrower’s account is in good standing. Account problems that may prevent renewal include:

  • Reaching the maximum number of renewals – twice
  • Fines and other library charges
  • Blocks initiated by the Office of Student Finance Admissions and Records because of an unpaid bill or other account problem

The following items CANNOT be renewed:

  • Items that have been requested by another patron. These items should be returned immediately to the Library on their due date.
  • Reserve items
  • Overdue items





Magazines & Newspapers



Kind of Material




Latest Issue

Back Issues

Videotapes, compact discs, DVDs etc.


Length of Loan

2 Weeks/ 1 Month

Library Use Only

Library Use Only

Room Use

2 Weeks/ 1 Month

2 Weeks/ 1 Month

Overdue Notices and Usage Blocking

Overdue notices are issued as a courtesy to all library users. However, a non-receipt of an overdue notice does not exempt a borrower from applicable punishment. Those who fail to comply with the circulation policy may be blocked from library usage. To avoid overdue notices and the blocking of usage, please renew your materials before the due date stamped in each item


Returning Library Materials

Borrowers may return AMSL materials to the Check-Out Desk on the University’s main campus.