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Borrowing Policies: Borrowing Policies

Borrowing Policies 

Closed Stacks

The 2nd floor of the library is not accessible to the public. Journals, theses & dissertations, government documents, technical reports, indexes & abstracts, and other materials housed on the 2nd floor may be requested by filling out a form and submitting it to the Circulation Desk. See below for forms to print out, or request copies at the Circulation Desk.


Patrons can renew checked out materials in person, by phone, or  by e-mail to the Circulation Desk.

You can also renew through your online library account. See "Your Library Account" (right).


Books you have checked out are subject to recall 

  • The library reserves the right to request the return of books when needed by another borrower
  • The initial borrower is guaranteed to have library material checked out for two weeks before the item can be recalled. 
  • Materials needed for reserve can be recalled at any time
  • To avoid fines, please return recalled items by the new due date indicated in the email notice that is sent to you regardless of the original due date

This policy applies to all Library users including faculty. It also applies year-round; holidays and interim periods are not excepted.


Patrons are responsible for any material that is not returned or renewed by the due date.  
Fines are charged accordingly. Reminder and overdue notices are sent.  

Course Reserves - 25 cents per quarter hour

Recalled Materials - $1.00 per day

All Other Materials - 25 cents per day


*All lost items are subject to replacement fees. This includes print material, audio/visual material, equipment, etc. The replacement fees could exceed or be less than the value of the bill you originally receive based on actual market value of materials. 


Clarkson students, facutly, and staff must use their Clarkson ID to check out  materials.

Faculty, students, and staff of the Associated Colleges may use their college ID to check out materials.

Area community residents may request a Clarkson library card at the Circulation Desk.


Loan Periods

  • Books, video/av, government documents and  theses/dissertations circulate for the semester.
  • Journals circulate for one week.
  • Reference materials may be loaned out with special permission from a reference librarian.


KnightCat Delivers

The Libraries can send in-print material from the Clarkson collection directly to you. Make the request through ILLiad.

Requested materials will be mailed to you via UPS with pre-paid return postage

This service is available only to Clarkson community members working and studying remotely and who do not have a Clarkson campus address in Potsdam.

Circulation Desk

Phone: (315)268-2292


Your Library Account

1. Go to:

2. Click ‘Sign In’ in the top right hand corner

3. Select Clarkson University Libraries CAS

4. Enter your Clarkson username and password

This is your email username and password (without the

        Example:  If your email is, password 1234,
                        your NetID login username is jdoe, and your password is1234

5. Click on your name in the top right corner.
    Use drop-down menu and select My Account

6. You can now review items you have checked out, status of holds, and any charges that are on your account.  Click the Renew button next to any item to renew it. Make note of the new Due Date listed.