Borrowing and Circulation

The Library's goal is to provide an accurate and prompt process for circulating materials. Students, faculty, staff, and community users may borrow books and other materials for specified loan periods. Periodicals and reference items remain in the Library as this assures maximum access to these materials.

Who is eligible to use the Library?

Students - Must be currently enrolled.
Faculty/Staff - Includes all current faculty, adjunct faculty, and staff.
Community - Includes local residents. This service is free and users must complete the online Community Borrowers Registration Form. A valid driver's license and proof of Tennessee residence must be presented. Only five items may be checked out at any given time.

How long can materials be checked out?

Books, Music CDs, and Audiobooks - 3 weeks
Popular Videos & DVDs - 5 days (Only 3 titles may be checked out at a time.)
Periodicals and Reference Books - Library use only
Wireless laptops - 2 hours
Reserve Items - Varies
Most items, except for Reserves, can be renewed one time.

Library Fines

There are no overdue fines for late materials; however, materials are expected back on the date they are due. Overdue notices are mailed as a courtesy to ensure that all library users may use materials in a timely manner. After the item(s) are 42 days overdue, a bill will be sent and your records will be encumbered until the materials are returned or the bill is paid. Furthermore, if materials are not returned by the end of the semester, students will be encumbered and not be able to receive grades or register for classes.

Cooperative Borrowing

The Northeast State Library shares a Library Catalog with East Tennessee State University (ETSU), ETSU Medical Library, and MSHA Learning Resources Center. Through the Library Catalog/Discovery Service, patrons can request materials from these other libraries by clicking on the "Request this title" link. A courier van runs twice a week to the local libraries to pick-up and drop-off requests. Once a book is requested, the lending library will put the book on the courier van to be delivered to our library. When the book arrives at Northeast State, we will notify you that the item is available for you to pick-up and checkout.

Northeast State has a reciprical borrowing aggreement with King University Libraries. All King University Students, Faculty, and Staff have borrowing privileges at the Northeast State Basler Library. Also, Northeast State Students, Faculty, and Staff have borrowing privileges at King University Libraries. King University students can fill out the King University Reciprical Borrowing form and show a valid King ID to access Northeast State materials.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

If there is a book or article you need but cannot find in the Library Catalog or our online databases, you can request the item by using our Interlibrary Loan service. Fill out the appropriate online form available on the library website by clicking on "Interlibrary Loan". Once we receive the request, we contact other libraries in the United States and ask them to send the item to us. When the item arrives we will notify you to pick it up.

Universal Borrower's Card

Currently employed and retired faculty and staff, as well as currently enrolled students of participating libraries, are eligible to apply for TBR/UT borrowers cards at their home libraries. This card permits checkout of circulating materials at any participating TBR/UT library in accordance with the lending library's local policies. TBR/UT Borrower's Cards are available at the Circulation Desk on the second floor.