The Catholic University of America

Special Borrowers
Circulation Privileges Statement

  -Who is a Special Borrower?
-Loans
-Fines and Other Fees
-Course Reserves
-Interlibrary Loan
-Washington Research Library Consortium
-Remote Access
-Other Circulation Privileges
-Library Security


Who is a Special Borrower?

A special borrower is any patron of The Catholic University of America (CUA) Libraries who has privileges but is not a faculty member, staff, or a student of the University. A special borrower may be an alumnus of the University; an internship supervisor for NCSSS, the School of Nursing, or other schools/departments; a post-doctoral auditor; a non-CUA member of the OCLC Faculty Reciprocal Borrowing program; or a member of an organization with a group privileges contract.

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Loans

Special borrowers may borrow up to 750 regular circulating items on a three-week loan, but may not borrow non-circulating items. You must present a valid borrowing ID at the circulation desk to borrow books. Each item can be renewed for three times by calling the circulation desk at 202-319-5060 or coming into the library in person. Special borrowers are subject to all recall policies, and may not borrow if they have five or more overdue items, one recalled item, or owe $5.00 or more in fines.

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Fines and Other Fees

Special borrowers are subject to all fine policies. Please consult the Access Services Policies and Procedures guides for further information.

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Course Reserves

Special borrowers may borrow items placed on reserve for two hours only.

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Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary loan is not available to special borrowers through CUA.

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Washington Research Library Consortium

Special borrowers do not have privileges with the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC) through CUA.

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Remote Access

General special borrowers do not have remote access to the subscription databases; however, our libraries always do our best to obtain the alumni access to our subscription databases, if possible. Right now, alumni can access several databases we subscribe. For details on how to access, please visit "Benefits & Services" at Alumni Relations.

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Other Circulation Privileges

Special borrowers are entitled to searches, and courtesy holds of CUA items only. For more information on these and other circulation privileges, please refer to the Access Services Policies and Procedures guides or contact Mullen Library's Access Services office at 202-319-5060.

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Library Security

All patrons, both CUA and non-CUA, must show a photo ID when entering Mullen Library. Patrons with non-CUA or Consortium IDs also will be asked to sign the guest book. Mullen Library reserves the right to check all bags as patrons exit the building.

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