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Concordia ID cards are issued to faculty, staff, and currently registered Concordia students. Concordia University Library Guest Cards are issued to the following groups:
Alumni may obtain a CUI Library Card free of charge, and Concordia East and West residents may purchase a CUI Library Card for $30. Both cards are good for one year.
The table below shows the borrowing privileges for each group:
* Pastors must be Local/Orange County and Ordained. ** VIP includes Regents, Trustees, Emeriti, Benefactors, etc.*** For "Stacks" collection only. Fines and charge limits vary by collection and type.
Visitors that do not fall under the above-mentioned categories may not check out library materials. All visitors must register at the front desk.
To check out books from the library, patrons must present their current CUI identification card or CUI Library Guest Card. The table below shows the circulation privileges/loan periods for each group:
* Material(s) may be renewed once if no one has requested the item(s).
If you wish to keep the material(s) past the due date, you must RENEW the material(s). The library does NOT accept phone renewals, but you can renew the materials yourself using OneSearch [see instructions below] or by bringing the items to the library. There is only one renewal per item. If additional use is necessary, the material must be checked in and then checked out again. Items that are overdue MUST be checked back in at the front desk before they can be renewed.
To renew online:
The CUI Library Reserves are located behind the Circulation Desk. These materials are made available by the faculty for the exclusive use of students. The purpose of placing materials on reserve is to ensure their availability to a large number of students in a short period of time. At CUI, there are several types of reserve: 3-hours (in Library use only), 12-hours (overnight), 3-days, and 7-days. The library staff cannot change the type of reserve without the written permission from the faculty member.
Reserve materials may be searched in the online catalog by clicking this link: Course Reserves. Searching is available by the instructor's name or course name.
For more information on submitting a digital reserve request or accessing items on reserve, please visit our Course Reserve Research Guide.
Our goal is to encourage the timely return of library materials and provide for optimal sharing of the collection. Patrons are responsible for returning or renewing items by the due date. The Library sends all notices to students' Concordia University email accounts. Overdue notices are a courtesy and non-receipt or late receipt does not exempt the user from overdue fines and replacement bills. It is the responsibility of the students to keep track of the due dates of their loans and check their library accounts regularly for overdue items and fines. Materials are overdue if not returned within the allotted time. (Most books can be kept for 28 days; CDs and DVDs can be kept for 14 days.) Fines are incurred every day that the library is open, whether or not school is in session. Fines are not tallied until the material has been returned. Patrons MUST take the responsibility for returning materials on time. Any accrued fines must be paid by the last day of the current semester. Any fines remaining at the end of the semester (plus a $5.00 posting fee) will be sent to Student Accounts. When an item becomes overdue, borrowing privileges are blocked until the item is returned or renewed.
An item is considered lost if not returned or renewed (within a month of the checkout date) and a lost book fee of $50 (plus a $15 non-refundable processing fee for each item) will be sent to Student Accounts. If the replacement cost of an item is likely to be higher than the default charge, the higher price may be charged instead. Once the billing has been forwarded to Student Accounts, the library can no longer accept the payment and the account must be settled at Student Accounts. The patron must present a receipt from Student Accounts to the Library in order to reinstate their library privileges.
If you believe you returned an item(s) but it is still checked out to you, or if you wish to appeal a fine, please contact the library. Appeals must be made within 1 week of receiving a final notice. Bills that have been referred to Student Accounts may not be appealed. Appeals can ONLY be made in writing at the Circulation Desk.