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Library Policies: Guests and Alumni

Use of the Library

The Zaffere Library welcomes guests, including alumni/ae, community patrons, patrons from BALC and MICUA institutions, and visitors unaffiliated with Stevenson University.  The library is open to guests on Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Guests can use the SU-Connect wifi network or request to be logged onto a desktop computer, which will allow them to use the databases while in the library.  Off-campus access to the databases is not available.

In order to give priority to current students, faculty and staff, we reserve the right to decline use during peak times or to ask a guest to move from a computer that a current student needs access to. Due to limited space, guests are not allowed to use the study rooms.

Guests do not have printing, copying, or scanning privileges at the library.

Borrowing Items

To check out library items, patrons must obtain a guest card. Guest cards allow the patron to check out up to 5 books for a non-renewable period of 28 days, and up to 2 DVDs and 2 Blu-Rays for a non-renewable period of 7 days.

Guest Cards

Any member of the general public who is 18 years old or older; all Stevenson University alums; and students, faculty, and staff from BALC and MICUA institutions may apply for a guest card.  Guests can apply for a card in person at the Zaffere Library.  The SU Library requires guests to provide their name and contact information along with a valid picture ID as proof of identity before they can receive a guest card. 

A guest card allows the holder to check out books, DVDs, and Blu-Rays from the SU Library collections.  Guest card holders must abide by the following policies for borrowing library materials: 

  • The borrowing period is 28 days for books and 7 days for DVDs and Blu-Rays.  Items cannot be renewed.

  • All borrowed items must be returned to the Zaffere Library

  • The library charges fines and fees for late returns, damaged, and/or lost items.   

A guest card does not allow the holder to borrow course reserves, equipment, or noncirculating items, and the SU Library does not provide printing, copying, or scanning services for guest card holders.  Guest cards do not provide access to the SU Library’s electronic databases from off-campus locations.