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Library Policies

Archives & Special Collections Policies

Details regarding the Ann C. Dixon Archives & Special Collections policies can be found on the Archives & Special Collections LibGuide.

Circulation Policies

Details regarding circulation policies can be found on the Circulation Department page.

Food and Beverage Policy

Consumption of snack food and covered beverages are allowed in Brackett Library. In an effort to protect the library's collection, equipment, furnishing, and carpet, the library staff requests your observance of these guidelines:

  • Food is allowed in all areas of the library except Special Collections.
  • No hot food is allowed. This includes, but is not limited to, pizza, burgers, tacos, breakfast biscuits, chicken, French fries, etc.
  • No food deliveries are allowed. (Library authorized deliveries for sponsored events are not subject to this policy.)
  • All beverages must have a secure top.
  • Place trash in bins provided for your convenience. If appropriate, please use the recycle bins.
  • Any spills or waste issues should be reported to the library staff.
Internet Policy

In keeping with its mission and with advances in information technology, the Library provides users with access to the Internet. The Internet is a global electronic network that offers dynamic resources and facilitates communication. Library staff cannot control access points that often change rapidly and unpredictably. Users are hereby notified that they are responsible for the choice of sites that they visit.

A university library is assumed to be a repository for materials representing a wide range of points of view and adheres to the principles of intellectual freedom as expressed in the Library Bill of Rights formulated by the American Library Association, except when so doing violates Harding's Code of Conduct as published in the Harding University Catalog. Furthermore, all campus computer use is governed by Harding's Computer Systems Use Policy and The Code of Computing Practice for Harding University.

Since this is a university library, children under 16 are expected to be accompanied by a responsible adult. Therefore, as with other materials, restriction of a child's access to the Internet is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian.

Brackett Library makes no warranty, expressed or implied, for the timeliness, accuracy, usefulness or wholesomeness of information accessed via the Internet.

Users must comply with the United States copyright law and all other applicable laws.

Interlibrary Loan: Borrowing Policies

The Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Department serves Harding University students, faculty, and staff by providing access to collections from other participating libraries and organizations. Likewise, the ILL Department also shares the Brackett Library collection with participating libraries and organizations.

Any material consistent with Harding University policy may be requested through the ILL Department. However, any ILL request for materials already owned by Brackett Library will usually be denied. Every effort is made by ILL staff to obtain materials needed by students and faculty in a timely manner, but unfortunately not every request can be filled.


ILL is generally able to obtain loans of books, monographs, and reports that are available in the United States. Theses, dissertations and audio-visual materials, though sometimes available, are more difficult to obtain. Materials that are rarely available for loan include reference books, rare books, genealogical materials, complete issues of periodicals or newspapers, maps, recent acquisitions and best sellers, recent DVDs, and materials in fragile or poor condition.  

Loan Periods

Loan periods for materials borrowed through the interlibrary loan department are established by the lending library.  Brackett Library complies with those loan periods and strictly administers fines for materials not returned on time. You may make a request for renewal or extension of the loan period at any time.  However, requests for renewal may be denied at the discretion of the ILL staff and are subject to the approval of the lending library.  All items borrowed through Interlibrary Loan are subject to recall at the request of the lending library.


Photocopies are usually supplied for specific journal articles, essays, and papers from conference proceedings. Some institutions will not loan copies of theses or dissertations, although these materials are often available for purchase. Delivery of materials can take anywhere from one day to over a month, depending on several factors.

Brackett Library policy on acquiring dissertations for patrons

If Brackett Library cannot obtain access to a dissertation online or from another library, it will try to purchase a copy from Proquest. There will be no charge to faculty and graduate students for up to five dissertation purchases per school year for each patron. Those purchased will be the permanent property of Brackett Library. If there should be a need to purchase more than five dissertations or theses for any one patron during a school year, the patron will be charged a $10 fee. Requests by undergraduate students for dissertation purchases will be considered on a case by case basis with mediation from a reference librarian. Brackett Library reserves the right to further limit dissertation purchases at any time.

Fees and Fines

There is a nominal fee to Harding students for interlibrary borrowing. A fee of $.10 per page for photocopies and $1.00 per loaned item (book, tape, CD, etc.) will be collected when students pick up their requested materials at Brackett Library.

A non-refundable $10.00 late fine will be charged to a patron's buisiness account for books four weeks overdue.  Additional late fines may be charged by the lending library.  Replacement fees for lost or damaged items are also at the discretion of the lending library.

Interlibrary Loan: Lending Policies

Brackett Library is happy to loan its materials, except for the items listed below, to libraries in the United States. We will also send photocopies to libraries in the United States and to libraries around the world who can receive electronically. We accept requests in the following ways only: OCLC and ALA ILL Form (see below). There are no additional charges for faxing.

Non-circulating items:Microfiche, microfilm, serials, computer discs, Reference and Special Collections, high demand items (e.g. best sellers), recent medical beooks and textbooks, and items in poor condition are not loaned.

OCLC Institution Symbol: AHS

ILL Dept Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am - 5pm

Dates When ILL Dept. is Closed:  Christmas week, Thanksgiving, Fourth of July

Charges for ILL photocopies (no charge for loans):  $5 in network area, $10 outside network area (within the U.S.), $15 international

Methods of Billing: IFM, Invoice

Resource Sharing/Reciprocal Agreements Signed: Amigos, Amigos/BCR, ArkNet, CCL,LVIS, Trans-Amigos Express

Telephone:  (501) 279-4238

E-mail: ill@harding.edu

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