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All patrons from the Minuteman Library Network libraries can borrow items from the Main collection or the McNaughton browsing collection. Curriculum Library items can only be borrowed with the approval of the Curriculum Library staff. Anyone can use the materials within the library.

Confidentiality of library record
In accordance with the recommendation of the Office of Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association, registration and circulation records at Whittemore Library are confidential.  Library registration includes information required of the patrons in order for them to borrow materials.  Circulation records include any information that identifies the patron as borrowing particular materials.  The library staff will not release any of the information contained in the registration or circulation records except by formal state or federal judicial order.  Authorized library staff may use the above-mentioned records in order to perform routine duties. 

All full-time and part-time Framingham State University students have borrowing privileges at the Whittemore Library.  Day and evening students must register with the library to activate the barcode on their student IDs.  Borrowing privileges will expire when the student is no longer enrolled at the university. 

Alumni may obtain free borrowing privileges upon request.  There is a limit of three curriculum items in total that may be checked-out to the patron.  There is no limit on the number of general collection items that may be checked out.  There will be no expiration of alumni privileges unless the curriculum library restriction is not respected. 

Faculty, Staff, and Administrators of the University will receive a bar-coded Minuteman Library Network card upon request. 

Nursing students at Framingham Union Hospital taking courses within the Framingham State University nursing department are entitled to borrow materials while they are enrolled in this program. 

Students who are currently enrolled at any of the Massachusetts public institutions of higher education may borrow from the library through the Walk-in Interlibrary Loan (W.I.L.L.) program.  A validated student ID showing proof of enrollment must be presented in order to check out materials. 

Borrowing Policy  
With the exception of reference materials, periodicals, special collections, and reserves, all other library materials are available to circulate.  The lending period for students is three weeks. The lending period for FSU faculty and staff is ninety days. A validated Framingham State ID or a faculty/staff/alumni Minuteman card must be presented in order to borrow materials. The registration and validation of patrons' cards is done at the Circulation desk the first time the card is used.  Items may be renewed twice provided they have not been requested.  Renewal may be done in person, by telephone or in the "My Account" area of the library catalog.  It is the borrowers' responsibility to renew items before the due date. Interlibrary loan items obtained from outside of the network have a lending period set by the owning library. ILL items can only be renewed by contacting the ILL coordinator before the due date.  

Keeping items past their due date will result in a fine.  Overdue fines accumulate at the rate of $.10 per day per item, up to a maximum of $10.00 per item.  If an item is lost or damaged, a replacement fee of up to $50.00 is charged. 

It is the responsibility of patrons to retrieve their own materials from the shelves.  Library staff will provide help in locating items if needed, but they will not collect materials from the shelves for patrons. 

Reserves are materials left at the library by professors for use by their classes.  By placing items on reserve, every student is ensured that the necessary materials are available to them. 

There are four types of reserves:

  • Closed reserve: Items may only be used in the library and may only be kept for up to two hours at a time.  Reserve items are checked out to the student, and no more than two items may be checked out at a time.  If an item is not returned within the two-hour lending period, fines will be imposed. 
  • Open reserve:  Reserve materials that are shelved in the Reference foyer.  They may only be used in that area and cannot leave the building.  There is no time limit on the length of time you can use the materials.
  • Overnight reserve:  Materials may be used for up to two hours at a time during the day for use within the library.  After 4 PM the items on overnight reserve may be taken from the building, but must be returned by 10 AM the next morning.  On weekends the materials may be checked out at noon on Friday and are due back by 10 AM Monday.
  • e-Reserve:  Journal articles or chapters of books are scanned into a PDF version and placed in the e-Reserve portion of Blackboard.  Professors can link to these materials from within their Blackboard course site.  Students would have access to these materials online through the course site.

Placing items on reserve

1.  Books and photocopies may be placed on reserve by faculty only in order to facilitate their use for specific assignments.  Personal items belonging to the instructor may be placed on reserve.  The instructor may request these items to be sensitized for the security system.  Also, items owned by another library can not be placed on reserve.

2.  All items placed on reserve must conform to existing copyright and fair use law.  Please refer to the Library's Copyright/Fair Use and TEACH Act resources for more information.

3.  Materials are only kept on reserve for one semester at a time.  All reserve items will be removed at the end of each semester.  No reserve items will be held from semester to semester. 

4.  Copyright permission must be obtained for reserve items that will be used in subsequent semesters.

5.  The Library will obtain copyright clearance for items to be placed on reserve.  If copyright can not be obtained or the cost is too prohibitive, the item will not be placed on reserve and the instructor will be notified.

6.  Each semester, professors will need to submit a reserve request by emailing Peg Snyder.   Students are not allowed to place materials on reserve for their instructor.

7.  For print reserves, no more than two copies of an article or book chapter may be put on reserve.  If more copies are needed, copyright permission must be obtained. 

8.  Only journal articles and book chapters will be placed on e-Reserves.  Professors will need to provide the library with clean copies of any materials that will be scanned for e-Reserves.  e-Reserves are part of Blackboard and instructors wanting items placed in e-Reserves will need to make the items available to the student through the course site.  For more information about using Blackboard or for assistance in linking to the e-Reserve items, please contact Academic Technology and Distance Education.

9.  Journal articles that are available in full-text through the library databases will not be placed on reserve.  Instructors can provide the links to the students.

10.  Requests must be submitted two weeks prior to when they are needed because of the large number of items used each semester and the processing time required.

11.  The Library will inform the instructor when reserve items are available and the instructor will need to inform students of what has been placed on reserve, as we have no knowledge of course assignments or requirements.

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PO Box 9101

Framingham, MA 01701-9101


Phone: 508-620-1220