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Circulation Services

 

​​​​Becoming a Borrower:

Members of the Providence College community need to bring appropriate identification in order to register for library borrowing privileges. This means undergraduate students should bring their PC ID cards, other students should bring a drivers license or other government-issued photo ID card, a receipt from their respective divisions, i.e., a receipt from the School of Continuing Education, the Graduate School office, etc.  Library users from other colleges belonging to the Higher Education Library Information Network (HELIN) need to bring their own college identification card in order to borrow materials from the Phillips Memorial Library. 

Loan Policies: 

Loan periods vary with the type of patron and the type of material being borrowed:

 

​Patron Type

​Max. # Books

​Loan Period

Renewals​​HELINILL​
Undergraduates​50​1 month

​2 for PC books

1 for HELIN books

​Y​Y
​SCE​50​1 month

​2 for PC books

1 for HELIN books

​Y​Y
​Graduates​50​1 month

​2 for PC books

1 for HELIN books

​Y​Y
​Faculty/Emeriti​200​4 months​Yes​Y​Y
Staff​50​4 months​Yes​Y​Y
​Alumni​20​1 month​1 Renewal​N​N
​PC Retirees​50​​1 month​1 Renewal​N​N
​Special Borrowers​201 month​​1 RenewalN​​N

Retrieval Policies:

Recalls of items can occur after a period of two weeks if another patron needs the material. Missing books will be searched in the stacks for 3 to 6 months before reordering.  Users with Overdues are given a grace period of seven days. After this period, items automatically become overdue. After 60 days, material is then billed and the patron is charged $50 for each item.

Sanction Policies:

After 60 days, overdue material becomes billed material. Patrons are billed $50 for each billed item and are sanctioned. Once sanctioned, the patron's HELIN privileges are suspended until the billed material is returned or replaced. Replacement charges are added to the user's account if material is not returned after the billing notice. For Providence College patrons, at the end of each semester, the library forwards all bills for graduating seniors to the treasurer's office. Students will need to return the materials before they can gain access to their transcripts. All library books can be returned to the circulation desk. The library accepts books from other HELIN schools and will return them to the proper school by way of our delivery system.​

Using HELIN Libraries:

PC ID holders are also borrow materials directly from other HELIN libraries: 

On-site Services for PC ID holders at HELIN institutions:

Most holders of current PC IDs, with accounts in good standing at Providence College library, have access and borrowing privileges at any HELIN library. This includes: PC Faculty, Staff, and PC Undergraduate, Graduate and SCE students. PC ID holders can check out most books, and some videos and DVDs. Most other material can be used onsite. Check the catalog first or view the HELIN Media Lending List for more information.

Borrowing policies:* PC Undergraduates, Graduates, SCE students and PC Staff may borrow up to 50 items for about a month. PC Faculty may borrow up to 100 items for about 3 months. These items are usually renewable twice online or in person. There may be charges if material is not returned promptly. Charges accrued at a HELIN Library may be transferred to your PC Library and/or Bursar account.

For more information see the HELIN libraries policy page and the HELIN Encore Catalog to search for items.

On-site Services for HELIN ID holders at Providence College:

Most holders of valid HELIN IDs, with accounts in good standing, have access and borrowing privileges at the PC Library. This includes: Faculty, Staff, Undergraduate and Graduate students of HELIN institutions. HELIN ID holders can check out most books. Other other material may be used in the library building. Videos and Special Collections materials do not circulate. There is limited computing for non-PC patrons. All public printers now require authentication or a Guest Card. Visitors are not able to use the wireless network at this time. Please see our Computer and Printer Use Policies for more information.

Borrowing policies:* HELIN patrons may borrow up to 30 items for about a month. These are usually renewable twice online or in person. There may be charges if material is not returned promptly. Charges accrued at the Providence College Library may be transferred to your HELIN Library and/or Burasar account.

For more information about the Providence College Library, please see our Hours and Policies pages.

*Borrowing periods and charges may vary.