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Circulation Services

Borrow / Renew / Return

For Students
Books circulate for a period of 30 days.  CDs, DVDs, and video cassettes circulate for one week. Students may have a maximum of 20 items checked out at one time (3 DVDs maximum).

Reference works, course reserves, and periodicals must be used in the library and are not available for circulation.

All materials are must be returned by the end of the semester.

Providing there are no outstanding holds or recalls on the material, loans may be renewed twice. If there are two or more holds placed on an item, the maximum loan period will be shortened to seven days.

For Faculty
Saint Peter’s University faculty may borrow books for a period of one semester, renewable up to a maximum of two consecutive semesters. Faculty may borrow reference works or periodicals for overnight or weekend use only. Faculty may have a maximum of 50 items checked out at one time.

For Alumni
Alumni must first obtain a valid One Card in order to access borrowing privileges at Saint Peters University Library. Books circulate for a period of 30 days.  CDs, DVDs, and video cassettes circulate for one week. Alumni may have a maximum of 10 items checked out at one time.

Renewals can be made three ways: in person at the Circulation Desk, by telephone during library hours at (201) 761-6461, or through the My Library Account.

Overdue/ Lost Material Policy

When library materials are more than 30 days overdue, a “library hold” will be placed on the student’s SPIRIT/Colleague account. The hold will be released when the overdue items are returned.

If a library user is unable to locate and return overdue items – they are responsible for:

  • the reasonable replacement cost of the item (determined by our Acquisitions Librarian)
  • a $15 processing fee.

We will make every attempt to find the lowest cost possible for replacing library materials. To make payment arrangements for the lost items, students should contact the Enrollment Services Center. Registration holds will be released only upon receipt of payment or the return of overdue materials.

To determine replacement costs, contact :

Tasheeda Capers, Circulation Services Coordinator

AnnMarie Ziadie, Acquisitions Librarian

To make payment arrangements, contact:

Enrollment Services Center
McDermott Hall, 1st Floor
(201) 761-6050

Course Reserves

The Course Reserves section of the library is located behind the Circulation Desk.  This service enables faculty to make books, articles, and other course-related materials available to students for in-library-use only. Reserve items can not be checked out, nor are they permitted to leave the library. Users are free to make copies of the material if desired.

Faculty: To request that an item or items be put on reserve, please complete a Reserves List Submission Form for each individual course.  Copies of the form are also available at the Circulation Desk or download here.

More information is available at our Course Reserves page.

For questions regarding course reserves, please contact Tasheeda Capers or Myah Warren.

Reserve a Group Study Room

O'Toole Library has three Group Study Rooms for collaborative work in the library. 

Please notice that the group study rooms are

  • available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • for groups of two or more Saint Peters University students, faculty, or staff.  
  • for a two-hour maximum period. 

To make a reservation, please visit the Circulation Desk and present your One Card.

More information is available at the Group Study Rooms page.

Reserve a Library Instruction Room

To reserve the computer lab located in the lower level of the O'Toole Library, please contact:

Workstudy Application

The O'Toole Library hires work-study students to assist behind the circulation desk, in addition to shelving books and helping with various library projects.  If you are an organized, detail-oriented, and responsible individual, you may consider applying to be a student library assistant.

Please apply on Handshake for availability.