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Borrowing Policies

What can I borrow and for how long?

 

Undergraduate Students and Staff

  • Up to 50 items
  • Books, audio visual, software, and government documents: 8 weeks (2 renewal)
  • Reserves: 2 hours, 1 day or 3 day (No renewals) 
  • Interlibrary Loans: 4 weeks (1 renewal for specific libraries only) 
  • Laptops & small A/V equipment: 3 days (1 in-person renewal) 

Graduate/Faculty

  • Unlimited amount of items
  • Books, audio visual, software, and government documents: 6 months (no renewal)
  • Reserves: 2 hours, 1 day or 3 day (No renewals) 
  • Interlibrary Loans: 4 weeks (1 renewal for specific libraries only) 
  • Laptops & small A/V equipment: 3 days (1 in-person renewal), faculty, see the desk.

(House of Learning Library A/V equipment includes: Digital and video cameras, projectors and screens, tripods, digital voice recorders, etc.)

 

Alumni and Community Borrowers

Alumni and Community borrowers are entitled to borrow up to 25 items from the TRU campus library for 8 weeks with 2 renewals.  TRU Inter-library loan service, recalls, equipment, and remote access to licensed materials (article database, e-journals, e-books, etc.) are not available to Alumni or Community Borrowers. See the Alumni and Community User Resources guide for open databases for Alumni and Community Borrowers.

Who can borrow Library materials?

  • All full- and part-time students, faculty, and staff with a valid TRU Campus ID Card
  • Emeritus faculty
  • Adjunct faculty- need permission documents
  • Retired staff and faculty- physical items only, no databases
  • Visiting scholars- need permission documents
  • Students and faculty from other Canadian universities and colleges, if eligible under CPSLD or CURBA  reciprocal borrowing
  • Research Assistants employed by TRU faculty- need permission documents

AV equipment to borrow from the library:

You can borrow equipment for 3 days. you can have 1 renewal but you must bring the equipment to the library and do it in person.

Digital camera-   Fujifilm Finepix S4500

DVD/Blueray plug and play

ELMO visual presenters

Epson projectors-  Wireless lites

Laptops

NEC projectors

Phone tripods

Projection screens

Sony digital multimedia projector

Tripods

Video cameras-  Canon and Panasonic

Voice recorders

 

Fines/Appeals/Recall

Fines

TRU Library charges fines on the following items: 

  • Lost items: fine to be determined by the item, a $20 minimum
  • Reserves: $2.00 per hour overdue
  • A/V equipment: $2.00 per hour overdue
  • Laptops: $2.00 per hour overdue
  • Inter-Library Loans (overdue): to be determined by lending library 
  • Items that have been recalled for other patrons: $2.00 per day overdue

Due date reminders

The Library emails reminders to patrons three days and a day before items are due. Emails are sent to TRU email addresses and it is the patron’s responsibility to check this email address. 

Overdue notices

The Library emails overdue notices when items are overdue. While there are no overdue fines for regular items (see list of exceptions above), if an item has not been returned or renewed within 21 days, it is assumed lost, and a bill for $100 per item will be charged

NOTE: Library accounts with $10 or more will not be able to checkout items. Fines also affect ability to register for courses, order transcripts, and graduate. 

Payment options

  • Interac or credit card (Visa or Mastercard), no cash
  • By phone: Payment by credit card (Visa or Mastercard). 

Appeals

To discuss a fine or other charges, contact the Library  

Recall

When an item you need is checked out to someone else, you can place a request to "recall" it.  This will trigger an email to the library user to whom the item is checked out, instructing them to return it to the Library. 

Recalled items will be due 1 week after a recall (hold) is placed, unless the minimum guaranteed loan length has not been reached. The minimum guaranteed loan length for standard recalled items is 1 week for all Library users. 

NOTE: Late fines will be assessed at $2 per day for recalled items that are not returned on time. 

How to Recall an Item 

  1. Find the item you need in the Discover layer (the library website search bar).  If the item is "on loan', it can be recalled. 
  2. Click the "request this item” (located on the left-hand side of the item record in Discover). 
  3. Input your TRU ID, network ID, and select how you want to access: Pick up, scan to me, or ship to me. 
  4. Click Submit. 
  5. The minimum guaranteed loan length for standard recalled items is 1 week for all library users. 

How to get a Library Card

 

Kamloops or Williams Lake Students

Your TRU Campus ID card (TID) is your library card. You must present your TID card every time you wish to borrow materials from the library. 

  • Kamloops students can get a TRU Campus ID card information HERE
  • Williams Lake students can get their TRU Campus Card information HERE

NOTE: Student library accounts expire at the end of August. Returning students are automatically reactivated in early September. 

Distance, Regional, and Open Learning Students

Students at a distance can use the “request this item” function in the library Discover service catalogue. They are also welcome to use their campus card in person to check materials out from either campus. 

Open Learning Students

New TRU-OL students are loaded into the library system weekly. Accounts automatically expire after 365 days If you register for another TRU-OL course, you may need to contact the Library to have your account reactivated. If you have not received an email activating your account or if your account has expired, please fill out this online form.

Faculty & Staff

Your TRU Campus ID card (TID) is your library card. You must present your TID card every time you wish to borrow materials from the library. 

Faculty & Staff library accounts expire annually. Returning faculty, staff and administrators with expired library accounts must bring a valid TRU Campus ID Card to the Library to have their account reactivated. 

Faculty, Open Learning & IDG Contracts 

Request an account or an account renewal via email at library@tru.ca

NOTE: If you do not have a TRU employee number, please put your status (i.e., course writer for X course) in the employee number field.