Mansfield University of Pennsylvania

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Community Users: Library Courtesy Patrons

I am not a student or employee of Mansfield University. May I borrow books from the library?
Yes! We welcome the use of the North Hall Library and its collections by people from the communities in our region.

Users not currently affiliated with the University may establish borrowing privileges with a $25.00 refundable deposit and the purchase of a photo identification card for $5.00. The deposit, but not the identification card charge, will be waived for spouses and children under the age of 19 of current MU employees, if the employee agrees in writing to be responsible for fines and/or costs for unreturned or damaged materials. Members of the same family may have cards with one deposit, but each family member wishing to maintain borrowing privileges must have an identification card at $5.00 for each card.

Patrons under the age of 16 years old may establish borrowing privileges only if a parent or guardian completes the application.

What Can be Borrowed
A courtesy patron may borrow an unlimited number of items from the general circulating collection.

Online databases are only available to courtesy patrons while on campus. Due to license restrictions, the library cannot offer this service to courtesy patrons off campus.

Types of materials that may not be checked out include bound or unbound periodicals, reference books, special collections, items on reserve, or any type of equipment, including laptop computers. Interlibrary loan service is also unavailable to courtesy patrons due to the cost involved.

Circulation Periods

  • General circulating items: Four weeks
  • Bestsellers and Audio Books: Two weeks
  • Video cassettes, audio cassettes, and other media types that are available: One week

Overdue Fines
Courtesy patrons are subject to the same fines as students and other patrons. See the Circulation Services page for more information about overdues and fines. Unpaid fines and/or unreturned or damaged library materials will result in cancellation of borrowing privileges, revocation of the card, and a return of the deposit less the amount owed. In the event that any patron owes more than $25.00, the library reserves its legal right to pursue other means to collect materials or money owed.

Becoming a Courtesy Patron
Pick up an application from the Library Circulation Desk supervisor and return it during the regular business hours (M-F, 8-3:30) with $25.00 in cash or a check made out to Mansfield University (unless the deposit is waived). 

If you have no outstanding balance on University accounts, you will be given a receipt to take to the C.C.S.I. office in Alumni Hall Student Center, 3rd floor mezzanine (hours: M-F, 8-4) where your photo identification card will be made. The cost of the card is $5.00 in cash or a check made out to C.C.S.I.

When you receive your identification card, take it to the Library Circulation Desk where you will be registered as a courtesy patron and borrowing privileges will begin.

Deposit Refunds
Courtesy patrons may have their deposit returned after turning in the identification card to the Library Circulation Desk and requesting a refund in writing. Any unpaid fines and/or costs of unreturned or damaged materials will be deducted from the deposit. If an identification card is not used within 5 years of the date it is issued, the $25.00 deposit will be forfeited.

For further information...
Call the Circulation Desk Supervisor at 570-662-4687.