Person reading a book among the shelves

The purpose of the George M. Manuel Library’s physical borrowing policies is to allow maximum access to the collections for all its clientele and at the same time exercise judicious control over materials.

  • To borrow: Take items to the Desk for a library employee or request ship-to-patron.
  • To renew: Request this from the library.
  • To return: Return items to the Desk or mail them to the library.
  • To pay a fine:
    • Pay with cash/check to the library
    • Pay with a card/check to the PIU Business Office - Please tell them that the payment is for a library fine or fee and bring or send the receipt to the library
  • To be put on the waiting list for an item: Request this from the library.

Available materials and the policies which govern the use of each are as follows:

General Policies

  • Items may be renewed for additional borrowing periods unless someone else is on the waiting list for them. The additional borrowing periods are limited to two. If the additional borrowing periods are used up, the patron must wait until two days after the item is returned before the item can be borrowed again. If there are extra copies of the item available for borrowing, additional renewals over two may be given.
  • Seven books on a given subject may be borrowed at one time. A maximum of eighteen books and thirty total items may be borrowed at one time. Piedmont’s doctoral students may borrow up to twenty-five books. PIU's faculty and staff have no limit but are expected not to take unfair advantage of this.
  • If a desired item has been borrowed by another patron, the patron may request that he be put on the waiting list for the item so that it is set aside for him when it is returned.
  • The library welcomes any who are not a part of the university family to use the library, but they must abide by library policies. Further, the library requires that those who are not part of the university family, involved in full-time Christian service, or members of a consortia library pay a one-time fee of $5.00 as part of the application procedure to borrow items.
  • Children whose parents are not patrons of the library may borrow items from the library in accordance with the following policy:
    • Children under 16 may obtain library borrowing privileges by applying for it and paying the one-time $5 fee, if a parent or guardian signs the application.
    • They may only borrow items on their viewing or reading level.
    • They may have 2 items borrowed at a time.
  • Patrons should not reshelve items. Items taken from the shelves but not borrowed should be placed on the shelf of the Desk on which the computer monitor stands. This helps to avoid the loss of items and also helps the library staff to keep statistics which are needed for reports to the government and accrediting organizations.
  • A patron may not borrow items if he has an overdue item or fine. A hold on a student’s portal access and other disciplinary measures may also be used for overdue items and fines.
  • If an item’s due date falls on a day the library is closed, the due date will be changed to the next open day.
  • When a patron damages or defaces an item or returns an item which has been damaged or defaced while it was borrowed by him, he may be assessed a repair fee. In the event an item is severely damaged or defaced, a fee equal to its replacement value may be assessed. The item will remain the property of the library even if one of these fees has been paid.
  • An item that is lost must be replaced or a replacement fee paid and, in addition, a $5 fee paid for replacement labor. The replacement fee will be commensurate with the current replacement cost for the item.
  • A $25.00 fine may be assessed to anyone who takes out of the library an item that cannot be borrowed.

Main Collection

  • The chief collection of books
  • Location: open stacks
  • Borrowing length: 
    • 2 weeks typically
    • 4-7 weeks available for patrons who live at least 45 minutes from PIU 
    • 3 months available for PIU’s doctoral students
    • Unlimited period available for PIU’s faculty and staff -- they are expected not to take unfair advantage of this
  • Fine: $0.50/day

Reference Collection

  • Includes dictionaries, encyclopedias, atlases, yearbooks, almanacs, and other reference items
  • Location: open stacks
  • Borrowing length: None without special exception

Course Reserves

  • Items set aside for the students in specific classes at the request of the professors
  • Location: behind the Desk
  • Browsing: limited -- preferably obtain them from a library attendant
  • Borrowing length: Varies from Closed Reserve (no borrowing) to Semester Reserve (all semester)
  • Fine: $1/day

Physical Periodicals Collection

  • Location:
    • Current issues: the southwest wall of the library
    • Bound back-issues: the north walls of the library
    • Unbound back-issues: various locations--ask a library employee for assistance
  • Borrowing length: None

Juvenile Collection

  • Location: the northeast wall of the library
  • Borrowing length: 
    • 2 weeks typically
    • 4-7 weeks available for patrons who live at least 45 minutes from PIU 
    • 3 months available for PIU’s doctoral students
    • Unlimited period available for PIU’s faculty and staff -- they are expected not to take unfair advantage of this
  • Fine: $0.50/day

Dissertations and Theses Collection

  • Dissertations and theses from graduating students of previous years
  • Location: open stacks
  • Borrowing length: None

William P. Thompson Rare Book Collection

  • Unique collection of older and significant publications named for a long-time faculty member and library director
  • Location: Rare Book Room and designated library office shelving
  • Browsing/retrieval: Only library personnel without special permission
  • Borrowing length: None
  • Anyone seeking to use an item from the Rare Book Collection must agree and do the following:
    1. Wash hands (with very little soap) and dry thoroughly before handling archival materials
    2. Remove briefcase or backpack and other personal materials from immediate proximity to the designated handling area
    3. Sign in the Rare Book Researcher Registry and indicate nature of research
    4. Sit and work at the designated handling area
    5. Handle wearing white gloves (provided by the library) those items indicated by signage. After being used once, such gloves should be set aside as soiled.
    6. Use only paper and pencil (provided by the library) of laptop for note taking
  • No more than three items may be retrieved at a time.
  • The researcher will be visibly monitored while working with materials.
  • Once the researcher is finished with the items, the items will be checked for added material, damage, etc.

Microform Collection

  • Request from a library employee
  • Equipment for viewing is in the library
  • Borrowing length: None without special exception

Audio-Video Collections

  • Includes the DVD Collection, CD Collection, Cassette Tape Collection, and LP Record Collection
  • Include popular and academic items
  • Location: various (ask a library employee)
  • Borrowing length: 
    • 2 weeks typically
    • 4-7 weeks available for patrons who live at least 45 minutes from PIU 
    • 3 months available for PIU’s doctoral students
    • Unlimited period available for PIU’s faculty and staff -- they are expected not to take unfair advantage of this
    • No borrowing for the LP Records and restricted items
  • Fine: $0.50/day

Audio-Visual Equipment

  • Includes such things as laptops, digital projectors, iPad, projector screens, wireless presenter remote, easels, VGA adapters for various Apple products, Kindle, and transparency projectors.
  • Borrowing:
    • The checkout period may vary depending on the circumstances and availability.
    • Laptops 
      • During open hours, they may be checked out for class periods that require their use, for student organizations, and for school-sponsored activities. To guarantee availability, laptops should be reserved in advance.
      • Overnight checkout is allowed but may not be checked out more than 30 minutes before closing and must be returned to the Library within 30 minutes of opening the next open day; no renewals or reservations are permitted for the overnight checkouts.
      • If all computers in the Library are being used, then a laptop may be checked out for 1 hour at a time to be used in the Library.
  • Fine: $0.50/day for everything but laptops; laptops are $1.00 per hour.
  • Equipment failures should be reported to the library.