Circulation Policies in Major Academic Libraries

Duane Wilson, Cynthia Frazier, Diana Harter
2015 The journal of academic librarianship  
As part of an assessment of its patron circulation policies, Brigham Young University's Harold B. Lee Library Circulation Committee studied the circulation policies of ARL members and like-sized academic institution's libraries. Access Services Department Heads or their equivalent at 165 academic libraries were surveyed. This paper reports on policies relating to circulation, renewals, fines, and recalls for these libraries. The majority of circulation policies are traditional (typical
more » ... on periods, low numbers of renewals and traditional fines), though non-traditional policies (longer circulation periods, more renewals, and elimination of fines) provide better service and satisfaction for patrons. Libraries should examine their policies to determine if non-traditional policies would work at their institution.
doi:10.1016/j.acalib.2015.08.019 fatcat:zjemmuca6zd6hapjd66xajvaoe