Library Circulation Policies
Antioch University Midwest (AUM)
All patrons are expected to abide by the Library Use Policy while using the Library facilities.
Faculty, Staff and Students
Authorized patrons of AUM Library are current staff and faculty, and matriculated students (students enrolled at Antioch University Midwest in a degree or certificate program, for credit).
Yellow Springs Residents
Residents of Yellow Springs should obtain their community patron card through the Antioch College Olive Kettering Library, (937) 767-2341.
Other Miami Valley Residents
Miami Valley (Dayton, Springfield, etc.) residents may obtain a community patron card through Antioch University Midwest. The cost of the card is $10.00 and is valid for one year from date of purchase. Two pieces of ID are required, including at least one photo ID and one with applicant’s current street address. Cards must be presented when checking items out.
You may not possess currently active cards from both Antioch College and Antioch University Midwest.
Faculty and staff may have a total of 50 items (OhioLINK & Midwest) checked out at a time.
Students may have a total of 25 items (OhioLINK & Midwest) checked out at a time.
Community patrons may have no more than 10 items checked out at a time; however no more than 5 of these may be OhioLINK items.
OhioLINK and Midwest Materials
Books are checked out for 21 days.
Non-book materials are checked out for 7 days.
Reserve materials may be checked out on a case-by case basis.
Midwest journals, theses and reference materials cannot be checked out.
All patrons are personally and financially responsible for returning items by the due date.
Overdue Fines & Fees
All Patrons (Faculty, Staff, Student and Community)
OhioLINK and Midwest Materials
A $.50 overdue fine is assessed per item, per day up to 30 days ($15.00).
A $.50 overdue fine is assessed per book, per day.
A $1.00 overdue fine is assessed per non-book item, per day.
If any item (OhioLINK & Midwest) is overdue for 30 days or more, the patron will receive a replacement bill of $125 per item, reduced to $50.00 upon return of the item.
If a patron incurs $10.00 or more in fines (OhioLINK & Midwest), library privileges will be suspended until the fines are resolved.
If a patron incurs $125.00 or more in fines (OhioLINK & Midwest), the librarian will place a library hold on the patron’s account, preventing subsequent registration and release of transcripts until the fines are resolved.
All patrons, including community patrons, are responsible for lost or damaged items.
Books (OhioLINK & Midwest) can be renewed up to 4 times at 3 weeks per renewal, if another patron has not placed a hold on the book, for a total maximum borrowing period of 15 weeks.
Non-book materials (OhioLINK & Midwest) cannot be renewed.
Faculty, staff and students may have a total of 10 requests (OhioLINK & Midwest) at a time.
Special Notices for Community Patrons
Borrowing privileges will be terminated if fines owed to the Library exceed $10.00.
The community card is for personal use only and should not be loaned to another person.
If your card is lost or stolen, please report it to the Library’s Circulation Desk to prevent unauthorized use of the card. The replacement fee for a library card is $5.00.
Community users do not have off campus access to AUM and/or OhioLINK licensed databases, but may use the library computers to do research using the library catalog and databases.
The Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies, scanned images or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, a library is authorized to allow photocopying, scanning or other reproduction on the premises.
One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy, scanned image or other reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.” If a user makes a photocopy, scan image or other reproductions for purposes in excess of “Fair Use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to prohibit or restrict copying if, in its judgment, copying would involve violation of copyright law.
Antioch University Copyright page from the AU Portal: https://portal.antioch.edu/group/au-vlc-library/what-you-need-to-know-about-copyright
The information presented here is only general information. Legal advice must be provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship specifically with reference to all the facts of the particular situation under consideration. Such is not the case here, and accordingly, the information presented here must not be relied on as a substitute for obtaining legal advice from a licensed attorney.
What is Fair Use?
A good starting point for issues regarding copyright and fair use can be found at this link from the University of Maryland University College: http://www.umuc.edu/library/libhow/copyright.cfm Fair use is the most significant limitation on the copyright holder’s exclusive rights (United States Copyright Office, 2010, para. 1). Deciding whether the use of a work is fair IS NOT a science. There are no set guidelines that are universally accepted. Instead, the individual who wants to use a copyrighted work must weigh four factors:
- The purpose and character of the use
- The nature of the copyrighted work
- The amount and substantiality of the portion used
- The effect of use on the potential market for the copyrighted work
And as they summarize:
Keeping in mind the rules for instructors listed above, and that the source(s) of all materials must be cited in order to avoid plagiarism, general examples of limited portions of published materials that might be used in the classroom under fair use for a limited period of time, as discussed by the U.S. Copyright Office (2009, p. 6), include:
- A chapter from a book (never the entire book).
- An article from a periodical or newspaper.
- A short story, essay, or poem. One work is the norm whether it comes from an individual work or an anthology.
- A chart, graph, diagram, drawing, cartoon or picture from a book, periodical, or newspaper.
- Copies of a poem of 250 words or less that exists on two pages or less or 250 words from a longer poem.
- Copies of an article, story or essay that are 2,500 words or less or excerpts up to 1,000 words or 10 percent of the total work, whichever is less.
- Copies of a chart, graph, diagram, drawing, cartoon, or picture contained in a book or periodical issue (U.S. Copyright Office, 2009, p. 6).
Additionally, be sure that you only make a copy of material for yourself, not your friends or students. Making different copies at different times over the semester is also not allowed under these policies.
Antioch University Midwest Library
Library Use Policy
The Antioch University Midwest Library is committed to maintaining an environment conducive to study and research in order to fulfill its role of supporting Antioch University’s educational mission. The Library is open to the community patrons and expects patrons to conduct themselves in a manner respectful of other Library patrons, staff, materials, and facilities. The Library abides by the student behavioral standards policy as established by the University.
To ensure a quiet, welcoming and safe environment for both Library patrons and staff, the Library has established the following policies regarding the use of its facilities and collection. The policy shall apply to all Library patrons, regardless of their affiliation with the University, i.e. student, faculty, staff, or community patron. Questions or complaints should be addressed to the Library Director. Depending on the seriousness of the infraction, refusal to comply with policies may result in a request to leave the Library, summoning the police, suspension or termination of Library privileges, or other appropriate outcomes.
Animals: Only guide dogs or companion dogs that assist people with disabilities are allowed in the Library.
Cameras: Use of photographic or video equipment is restricted. Individuals or organizations desiring to photograph or film the Library or its staff, or patrons must first get permission from the Library Director.
Cell Phones and Pagers: The Library requests patrons to set cell phones on vibrate, or silent. If you receive a call or need to make a call, please keep your voice low and move to the hallway outside of the Library.
Children: Children under the age of 14 entering the Library must be accompanied and supervised by an adult over the age of 18. Exception will only be made for children participating in University-sponsored activities scheduled to occur in the Library. Parents, guardians, and caretakers are responsible for the conduct of their children while on Library premises.
Computers: Computer use is open to the community; however we ask that students, faculty and staff of Antioch University Midwest have priority if all computers are occupied.
Disruptive Behavior Policy: Complaints of any disruptive behavior will be taken seriously and the offending patron may be asked to leave the Library. Behavior that interferes with the appropriate use of the Library or the work of the Library staff, or interrupts the learning process for other patrons will not be tolerated. Patrons identified as disruptive will be subject to possible expulsion from the Library, University disciplinary action, loss of Library privileges, and possible prosecution under state law.
Fire Alarms: All occupants including patrons, visitors, and staff should respond to all fire and emergency alarms by immediately exiting the Library via the safest and nearest exit.
Safety and Security: The Library’s goal is always to optimize the safety and security of its patrons and staff. Emergencies should be reported immediately to Library staff to immediately call 911. Please also refer to the Campus Security Report for additional details.
Policy Revised and Updated: May 10th, 2012
Steve Shaw, Library Director