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Maryville Library Policies


The Maryville Library is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Library hours vary for holidays and intercessions.

The following are brief descriptions of the University Library’s services. More detailed policies are on file in the Library Office.

I. Collection

The Maryville University Library houses the books, periodicals, and media making up the University collection. It is open for use to the entire University community, but its particular mission is to support the academic programs of the undergraduate and graduate curriculum. The collection is broad in scope and in number of areas goes well beyond basic undergraduate and graduate requirements in depth. The Library maintains archival collections centering around the history of Maryville with a special emphasis on the life of former Maryville instructor, Father Edward Dowling, S.J.

In addition, the Library has a special collection of children’s literature containing both juvenile fiction and non-fiction which complements the Library’s collection of materials relating to teaching on the K-12 level. The Library also maintains a collection of the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) dating back to 1980 on both microfiche and CD¬ROM. The Maryville Library is a selective depository for Federal publications and a partial depository for Missouri State publications and also maintains an extensive collection of corporate annual reports and SEC 10k’s.

Materials owned by faculty members may be placed on reserve for class reading assignments. Items in the Reserve Collection circulate for two hours, overnight, three days, or one week. The items circulating for two hours must be used in the Library. A “Reserve Reading List” form must be submitted with the reserve items to be processed. Processing will be completed within two weekdays (Monday through Friday). For more information or assistance with the “Reserve Reading List” forms, contact Library Reserves Assistant or the Library Services Coordinator.

Maryville University Library participates in the Faculty Reciprocal Borrowing Plan of the Higher Education Center (HEC) of St. Louis. The Plan extends borrowing privileges at HEC member libraries to all full-time faculty registered with the plan. Local host library borrowing regulations and fines apply. To register, faculty, staff and students should contact the Library Director. Reciprocal borrowing for all faculty, staff and students may be authorized, on a per-use basis, through the InfoPass Program of the St. Louis Regional Library Network. This allows a user from the Maryville Library to visit another participating library to borrow specific materials.

Books or periodical articles not in the collection at Maryville University Library may be requested through Inter-Library Loan. Periodical article requests are subject to copyright restrictions. If a photocopy of an article is sent, the requesting individual may keep the article. Books are subject to the loan periods specified by the owning library. The normal check-out period will be 14 days; however, it might be a shorter period of time, depending on the loan periods of the lending library. Interlibrary Loans may, on rare occasions, limit the number of articles that may be requested from a single periodical title. Renewals of Inter-Library Loan books are discouraged.

Requests to acquire library materials should be submitted to the [Collection Development Librarian]. Several academic areas have developed selection advisory procedures to maximize the value of their library materials budget allocations.

Online computer searching is available for faculty, staff and students. The library also maintains several CD-ROM data bases.

A current Maryville University ID is required for admittance to the Library building and for purposes of circulating materials. For the benefit of all library users, the collection is monitored by a security system set up at the Circulation Desk. In accordance with professional standards, the Library’s circulation files are confidential.

II. Circulation

Faculty, staff and students may borrow Library materials as follows: For Faculty and Staff:

  • Books, Government Documents,
  • Sound Cassettes, Records, Kits,
  • Filmstrips and Slides the academic semester Corporate Reports seven (7) days
  • Video Cassettes and
  • Compact Discs three (3) days
  • Reference, Periodicals, Newspapers,
  • Maps and Microforms non-circulating
  • For Students:
  • Books and Government Documents twenty-eight (28) days Sound Cassettes, Records, Kits,
  • Filmstrips and Slides twenty-one (21) days
  • Corporate Reports seven (7) days
  • Video Cassettes and Compact Discs three (3) days Reference, Periodicals, Newspapers,
  • Maps and Microforms non-circulating

Overdue notices are sent for delinquent materials; faculty, staff and students who fail to return materials are charged the replacement price, plus $10.00 processing fee, for each unreturned item.