ALERT: Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19)


  • Each student, patron, faculty or staff member is allowed to check out a maximum of eight items with a valid I.D. card. A patron should not have more than eight items out at a time.
  • Loan Period: For students or other patrons, 14 days plus a five-day grace period is given. For faculty or staff members, 3 months loan period is given. Media items can be checked out for one week.
  • Renewals can be made at the Circulation Desk or online, using Library Online Renewal Request form.
  • If a book is checked out, a patron may place a hold request at the Circulation Desk or online, using Library Hold Request form.
  • Library patrons may borrow materials not available at the Gates Memorial Library through the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service, either at the Circulation Desk or online, using Interlibrary Loan Request form.
  • Fines: Five-day grace period is given with no charge. After the grace period, fines are $0.10 cents a day, per item. Maximum overdue fine is $5.00, per item.
  • Lost / Damaged materials: If a patron has lost or damaged a material, the patron must pay the cost of the item and the accumulated fine, if overdue, and also the processing fee, which is $2.50 per item.
  • All Gates Library circulating materials can be sent to distance/online students as well as LSCPA Early College program students. Physical items such as books and videos and items used to supplement instruction (reserve) are kept at the circulation desk and typically loaned out for in-house use for 2 hours. Pages from these items can also be requested. Fair use copyright guidelines are followed for items placed on reserve. Use this form to request distance Library document delivery.
  • TexShare Card: Students, faculty and staff can apply for the TexShare Card to have direct access to other library materials not available at the Gates Memorial Library.
  • Print / Scan / Copy: Print Services are available at the Computer Lab of the Library with a valid I.D. card. Color Prints are also available. Scanners are located at the Computer Lab and the Reference Desk of the Library.
  • A photocopier is available next to the Circulation Desk and it is $0.10 cents per page. No fax machine is available.
If you need further assistance, please ask a librarian, in person or online Chat with a Librarian.

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