Title

Clinging to the past: Circulation policies in academic libraries in the United States

Keywords

Academic libraries; access services; circulation policies; fines

Abstract

This study reports on a national survey of circulation policies in academic libraries in the United States. Circulation policies are similar at most responding libraries and are typically restrictive, though some differences exist based on library type. Associates granting institutions tend to have less generous circulation periods, and PhD granting institutions tend to have more generous renewal policies. Despite dramatic changes in print use, libraries have typically not adjusted their circulation policies to reflect the current environment. Libraries should evaluate their circulation policies and seek for ways to provide more generous policies to better serve the needs of their patrons.

Original Publication Citation

Wilson, Duane, Brian Roberts. “Clinging to the past: Circulation policies in academic libraries in the United States.” Journal of Access Services. 15:2-3 (2018) 106-124.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2018

Publisher

Journal of Access Services

Language

English

College

Harold B. Lee Library

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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