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About the Libraries

Policy Changes Due to COVID-19

  • The Access Services Desk will not operate as a service point for the 20-21 academic year.  All physical interlibrary loan materials will be picked up at the Circulation Desk.

  • Access Services will prioritize the interlibrary loan of materials in electronic format to support the needs of Murray State patrons.

  • When materials cannot be acquired electronically, Access Services will rely on the statewide courier service, which utilizes sanitizing methods when transporting materials between libraries.

  • Physical format materials will be quarantined for three days after being received from vendors, while being processed, upon being received from other libraries for interlibrary loan, after being returned by patrons, etc.  It should be noted that this quarantine period could potentially affect interlibrary loan periods, access to physical materials within the Libraries, as well as ordering turnaround time. 

Access Services Policies

Access Services is a service provided to the patrons of a specific library, when that library participates in the service and abides by the service’s regulations. This means that public library users must ask for assistance at their public library. Murray State University Libraries can only serve its user group. 

  • Murray State University faculty, staff and currently enrolled students are allowed to use Access Services
  • Non-university visitors to the MSU Library can inquire at the Information Desk for advice on whom to contact in their home district.
  • There is no limit to the amount of requests that one patron may have at one time. 
  • Material that is 21 days overdue will be turned into the bursar’s office at a rate of $75.00 OR the cost of the replacement, whichever is higher. 
  • A lending library reserves the right to recall any materials it has lent to our institution, no matter when the due date.
  • University Libraries will purchase a maximum of three articles per week per graduate student and five articles per week per faculty member. 
  • When a lending library charges a lending fee the patron has until the due date of the material to pay the fee. If the patron has not paid the fee by the due date, the material will be sent back to the lending library and the charges will be sent to the Bursar’s office for collection.
  • Renewals for materials will not be granted if the due date of the material has passed. Materials are only allowed one renewal per request.
  • Textbooks are rarely available for interlibrary loan, and may incur charges to the University. Thus, textbooks are not eligible for interlibrary loan.