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Borrowing Materials

Library Cards

Your student, faculty or staff Goodwin College ID is your library card. Faculty or academic staff may authorize a currently enrolled student or staff member as a proxy to check out library materials in the faculty member's name. The individual faculty or academic staff member agrees to be responsible for returning or renewing materials on time and paying any replacement bills for books that are lost or damaged.

Loan Periods

Loan periods and due dates vary depending on the type of material and class use. It is the borrower's responsibility to note the due dates for materials and to return or renew them by those dates. Please check the circulation policy posted in the library.

Returning Materials and Renewals

Return material to the circulation desk during library hours. Most Library materials are renewable. Materials recalled or on reserve are not renewable. Material may be renewed in person, by telephone; or email. You may not renew:

  • any item that was not originally checked out on from our library
  • items which are overdue to the point that they have blocked your borrowing privileges
  • items that have been recalled by another patron
  • items that have been billed for replacement
  • items on reserve for class use

Recalls and Holds

Materials checked out to one borrower may be recalled by another borrower. Only card holders with borrowing privileges are entitled to place recalls. You may recall an item at the circulation desk. You must supply the title or call number of the item needed. You will be notified by e-mail when the item is available to be picked up. If an item you have checked out is recalled, you must return it by the new due date. When it is returned, the item will be put on hold. If more than one person has recalled it, these will be handled in the order the recalls were placed.

Overdue, Lost or Damaged Material

Library borrowers are responsible for returning or renewing items by their due date. When an item becomes overdue, borrowing privileges will be blocked until the item is returned. If an item is damaged or lost, borrowers are liable for charges incurred to repair or replace the item. A borrower may replace lost or damaged materials with copies acceptable to the lending library. Such arrangements should be made with the lending library before a replacement is purchased.

Responsibilities of Borrowers

Borrowers are responsible for library materials charged out to them until they are returned to the lending library. Borrowers are responsible for maintaining a current address on file with the Library Privileges Desk.

Borrowers who abuse Library borrowing privileges may have these privileges suspended. Examples of abuse of library borrowing privileges include repeatedly not returning materials on time, not paying replacement bills, not responding to recall notices, not returning library materials even after replacement bills have been issued, and mutilation or damage of library materials.


All library records relating to an individual patron and his/her use of the library and its resources are confidential. These records may be consulted and used by library staff in the course of carrying out library operations, but will not be disclosed to others except upon the request or consent of the library user, or pursuant to subpoena, court order or otherwise as required by law. Such disclosure may be made only by the Library Director in consultation with appropriate College authorities.

Laptop Policy

Hoffman Family Library offers the opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to check out and use laptop PC computers. Before checking out the laptops, please read and understand the library's policy and liability statement below. Patrons must understand that they must pay all actual repair or actual replacements costs should any harm, damage or loss of any nature whatsoever (including, but not limited to theft) of the laptop assigned to them.

Potential Damage Fees:
Missing Battery: $200
Lost/Stolen PC Laptop: $1,200
Liquid Damage: Will result in the cost of the laptop itself as it is not covered under warranty.
Other Damages (LCD, Chassis, Keyboard): Based upon actual repair costs.

Laptop Borrower Liability Statement.

Cell Phone Policy

Talking on your cellphone is prohibited in the Hoffman Family Library. Failure to comply with requests will result in being asked to leave the library. Thank you for your cooperation.

Children in Library

The Hoffman Family Library welcomes children on the following conditions:

Any children not meeting these criteria will be asked to leave along with their responsible adult. What constitutes a disruption will be determined at the discretion of the library staff.

Code of Conduct

The Hoffman Family Library wishes to maintain a safe and comfortable environment conducive to study and the use of information resources. Library users are expected show consideration for other users and for members of the Library staff.

All users are required to abide by the Library's borrowing and lending rules which have been designed to provide for the best service for all users.

The following activities are not allowed in the Library:

Disciplinary action will be taken and students may be suspended or expelled permanently from using the library for violation of any of the above rules.

Filming and Photography in the Library

Filming and the photography of the library facilities, personnel or patrons must be arranged with the Library Director. Requests should include information regarding the desired date, location within the Library, type of equipment being used, etc. It is also requested that proper credit be given to the Library in the credits. If people are being filmed or photographed, the appropriate paperwork must be completed according to college policy.

Food and Drink in the Library

Please help preserve the Hoffman Family Library’s collections for future generations.
It is the policy of the Hoffman Family Library to maintain an environment appropriate for the protection of library materials and conducive to study. To that effort, covered beverages only are allowed in the library. The Library reserves the right to ask any user to remove his/her food and/or beverage from the library if in the judgment of the staff it constitutes a violation of this policy.
In order to conserve library resources and provide a comfortable environment for all, we ask that you adhere to the following guidelines:

The consumption of any food or beverage is specifically prohibited when using the Special Collections. 

  1. Eating in the library
    Responsible stewardship of the Library collections requires that we exercise care in allowing food in library areas. Food is easily spilled on books, furniture and equipment, causing damage. Particles of food left behind on books, furniture, keyboards, or floors attract rodents, cockroaches, silverfish and other unwanted pests.
  2. Drinking in the library
    All beverages, including water, are easily spilled on books, keyboards, furniture and floors. Damage to library materials result in replacement costs to the Library and make the material unavailable to library users. Allowing covered beverage containers greatly minimizes the risk of damage and, at the same time, meets the needs of users who are frequently in the library for extended periods.

Interlibrary Loan

The Library supports the instructional and research needs of Goodwin's students, faculty and staff by obtaining materials which are not available at its library. Please use this form to request an ILL.

Printing and Photocopying

The library does not charge for printing, however we ask students to be mindful of wasting paper. PowerPoint slides MUST be printed 3 to a page. Please notify library staff immediately if you need help printing. Plan your printing: allow yourself enough time to print what you need. The library has one photocopier available. The charge for copies is 10 cents/side. You may use coins or $1 bills. The library staff cannot make change for larger bills.

Use of Group Study Rooms

The library has three group study rooms available for use by the Goodwin community. These rooms provide a place for students wishing to engage in collaborative and cooperative study in small groups. Each room is equipped with a white board. One room is available for viewing DVDs or videos. Study rooms may be reserved. Rooms are available for use on a first-come-first-serve basis by anyone in the library if no reservation is pending. Reserved rooms not occupied 10 minutes after reserved time will be considered forfeited. Rooms must be vacated at the end of the reserved time.