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Access Services Department Policies

This guide includes all Acces Services policies.

Borrower Eligibility

The following patrons may borrow books from the McQuade Library:

  • All full-time, part-time, Professional, and Continuing Education students enrolled at the college, graduate or undergraduate
  • All full-time and part-time administrators and staff currently employed by the college
  • Alll full-time, part-time, and adjunct faculty currently employed by the college (including faculty emeriti or those on sabbatical)
  • Patrons from the North of Boston Library Exchange (NOBLE) consortium
  • Merrimack College alumni
  • Merrimack College summer students
  • University of Massachusetts-Lowell students
  • Organizations temporarily on campus*

To borrow books from the library, a valid campus identification card, for the Merrimack College community or valid NOBLE library card for all NOBLE patrons, must be presented at the time of checkout.

Students from the School of Graduate & Professional Studies and the University of Massachusetts-Lowell must provide a valid college identification card, or picture ID (e.g., driver’s license) and proof of class enrollment, prior to checking out materials.

Merrimack College alumni will be provided with a special borrower card once their information is validated through the Office of Alumni Relations.

Merrimack College summer students without college identification cards will be provided with a special borrower library card upon proof of their class enrollment and valid picture ID (e.g., driver's license).

*Patrons affiliated with organizations that are temporarily on campus must have permission from the Library Director prior to checking out library materials.

No other patrons may be allowed borrowing privileges without the written permission of the Library Director.

Borrowing Periods

NOBLE patrons, Merrimack College students, alumni, and patrons granted permission by the Library Director may borrow books from the general collection for 30 days. Books are due back to the library on or before the due date. McQuade Library books may be renewed twice before being returned unless a hold request has been placed on the book, in which case the book is due by the date specified on the recall notice.

Merrimack College faculty, staff, and administrators may borrow books from the general collection for the duration of one semester. Books are due back to the library on the last day of classes, indicated by the due date. Due to the extended check out period, the college's faculty, staff, and administrators are allowed a single renewal unless a hold request has been placed on the book, in which case the book is due by the date specified on the recall notice.

Reference materials, newspapers, periodicals, and course reserve materials must be utilized within the library.

Books not available at the McQuade Library may be requested through interlibrary loan. This service is available only to current Merrimack College student, staff, faculty, and administration. Alumni and patrons granted borrowing privileges by the Library Director may not request materials via interlibrary loan.

Each borrower is responsible for returning all books and other materials on time and in good condition.