Millsaps College




1. For how long can I check a book out?

Students have a loan period of 21 days for books with a 1-week grace period for overdue books.

Faculty have a loan period of 90 days for books. Faculty are not charged fines for overdue materials.

Staff have a loan period of 21 days for books. Staff are not charged fines for overdue materials.

Loan periods for other materials varies by material.

2. How do I renew a book?

Books may normally be renewed twice, and there are several ways to do this:

  • In person at the Main Desk
  • By sending an e-mail message to circulation@millsaps.edu.
  • By using the REPLY command when an overdue message is received
  • By phone, by calling 601-974-1073 Monday-Friday between 8 and
    5pm
  • Online, by logging in to My Account.

Overdue notices are generated one day after the book is due. Students have a one week grace-period during which the book may returned with no fines. For people with campus e-mail accounts, notices are sent-out via e-mail each night. To renew a book electronically, simply reply to the library e-mail notice. Explain that you wish to renew the book. It is very helpful if the message is signed with a real name and phone number in case the library needs to get in touch with you. Or, if you prefer, use one of the other methods shown above.

If you have any questions about this, please do not hesitate to contact us.

3. How many books may I check-out at one time?

Students are able to check-out 25 books at one time with a loan period of 21 days. Two renewals are permitted for each title.

Faculty are able to check-out 50 books at one time with a loan period of 90 days.
Two renewals are permitted for each title.

Staff are able to check-out 25 books at one time with a loan period of 21 days. Two renewals are permitted for each title.

4. What is the cost if my book is overdue or lost?

A book begins to accumulate fines of ten cents per day on the eighth day that it is overdue. A book is automatically declared lost by the library system when it has been overdue for 3 weeks. Once the system decides that a book is lost, the cost of the book and the total amount of fines is charged to your account. When the book is returned, the cost of the book is automatically deducted from your account. The fines that accumulated will remain on your account. If you are sure that you have indeed lost a book, it is best to let the library know as soon as possible. Then the book can be declared lost manually so that fines will not accumulate. The cost of the book will be charged to your account once this is done.

If you have any questions about this, please do not hesitate to contact us.

5. What should I do if the book that I am looking for is not on the shelf?

If you are unable to locate a book that you are looking for, please bring the title and the call number to the circulation desk. From that information we will do our best to try to locate the book. If it is checked out, you will have the option of placing a request-hold on that title. If we are unable to locate it quickly for you we may ask that you leave your name, e-mail address and phone number so that we can contact you when we do locate it.

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