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+Library Cards

Thomas University Library does not issue library cards for its patrons. Thomas University students can obtain a student identification card from campus, but it is not required to check out library books. Students and community members should show some form of identification such as a Driver’s License or student ID to check out library items and to pay library fines.

Distance students may request that circulating TU-owned items be mailed to them; however, the student is responsible for return shipping and any late fines accrued. Verification of current student status will be made prior to fulfilling the request. Distance students are defined as those who are taking all their classes online, AND who live outside the Thomasville area (45+ miles away).

+Loan Period and Renewals

Loan Periods
The following users may borrow materials from the Thomas University library:

  • Current TU students, faculty, and staff with current picture ID or TU ID.
  • Retired TU faculty and staff with current picture ID.
  • Southern Regional Technical College students can borrow per Interlibrary Loan protocols.
  • Community users, over 18, with current picture ID (parental consent for children 16 and under).

Material TU Student Distance Learners & Faculty TU Faculty Former Faculty/Staff Community/SRTC
Circulating books 3 weeks 4 weeks Semester 2 weeks 2 weeks – (limit 3)
DVDs/CDs 3 weeks 4 weeks Semester 2 weeks 2 weeks (limit 2)
Reference material Room use only N/A 1 week; $1/day fine Room use only Room use only
Reserve items Room use only N/A N/A N/A N/A
Headphones 1 Day N/A 1 Day Room use only Room use only
Special Collections Room use only N/A Room use only * Room use only Room use only
Serials Room use only N/A Varies Room use only Room use only
Laptop 3 weeks N/A Semester N/A N/A
Kindle 3 weeks N/A Semester N/A N/A
Interlibrary Loan items 4 weeks Articles only 4 weeks No No

*indicates (unless special permission)
*Headphone checkout is restricted to TU students/faculty only; proper identification must be provided. Personal headphones may be used if sufficient quality to contain noise. Any individual using headphones in the library is asked to maintain the quiet volume level of the environment.

Circulating TU library materials may be renewed by TU students, faculty, and staff if they are not overdue and if there are no holds on the item. Renewals must be made in person at the circulation desk (Distance students and faculty must renew over the phone, before the due date, by speaking with a Librarian or Staff member and NOT a student worker).

Most materials are due on the last day of classes of the active semester.

A shortened loan period may be less than stated in the event:

  • The last day of classes comes before the checkout loan period
  • Student withdraws from TU – all items must be returned prior to withdrawal
  • Faculty/staff leave employ of TU – all items must be returned prior to last day worked


Course reserves are materials that instructors place in the Library for their students to use during the semester. Reserves are available in print at the circulation desk for Room Use only.

These may be items owned by the instructor, copies of class notes or tests, or materials owned by the Library. Your instructor’s syllabus should reflect which items are on reserve. No periodicals or reference materials will be placed on reserve as they will always be available in the library. However, photocopies of articles can be placed on reserve for one semester.

Students keeping library owned reserve items longer than the specified period of time will be charged $1.00 per day overdue. If a library owned item on reserve is lost by a student, replacement costs of the item plus a $5.00 processing fee will be charged to the student. If an instructor’s personal copy is lost by the student, the instructor will decide the consequences for the student.

+Personal Research Instruction Request

Good scholarship rests on great research! Have research assignment and no idea where to start? Need instruction in Galileo or another database? Want to learn how to search library catalogs? Or just want to know more about how to search the Internet.

Make an appointment for an online or face to face personalized research instruction session and a librarian will teach you the skills you want for your research needs.

+Classroom Instruction Requests

The library provides in-class, in-library, and online instruction in information literacy, research methods, and library introduction. Please use the form to request services. The form contains details about the types of services available.

+Interlibrary Loan Request

If we don’t have the item you are looking for, the library can request it from another library on your behalf. Please remember these items can be shipped from nearly anywhere. Allow plenty of time for your request to arrive.

+Request Materials

Thomas University Faculty can use this form to request the purchase of library materials to support your students’ research needs. You may request books, DVDs, CDs, Audiobooks and Software.

+Computer Labs and Printing

Computer Labs
The Library has two computer labs for your use. These public-access computers are primarily intended for educational research by TU students, faculty, staff, and other students. Both labs are open whenever the library is open. The Library is also equipped with WiFi for your laptops and other equipment.

General Guidelines

TU students, faculty and staff, and other community patrons may use Library workstations when they are not occupied. Community patrons must stop by the Circulation Desk for a guest login.

Library computers are not installed with filtering devices or software to limit Internet access,although the campus network may utilize such security and other filtering or restrictive devices/software.

Computer Guidelines

  1. Login to the computer using your Hawklink/Blackboard user name (lastname.firstname) and password. (A guest login is used for community users).
  2. Save all personal research and word processing to an external data storage device. Do not save on the computer’s hard drive.
  3. Only use closed drink containers near the computer terminals/tables.  Please keep our computer keyboards clean.
  4. Illegal copy or transfer of copyrighted materials such as movies, music, or software is prohibited.
  5. Adhere to any Thomas University network and/or computer use guidelines in force.
  6. It is the responsibly of each patron to log off their computer; Thomas University is not responsible for any infractions occurring should the patron not secure their information.

A printer is available in each of the computer labs.  Each student is allowed a 350 page allowance to use during the semester. The student is responsible for paying for all copies in excess of the quota at 10 cents per page.  For excess copies, ask Circulation Desk staff.

Community members must pay for all copies that they print at 10 cents per page.

Please pay for all copies at the Circulation Desk.

Copy Machines
A faculty copier is located in the library for the convenience of faculty and adjuncts. A code must be entered prior to printing.  Full time faculty will be assigned a personal login code.  Adjuncts will use a department assigned code.  IT is responsible for setting up faculty user codes in the machine.

A student copier is located behind the circulation desk for students and community users. A library staff member or student worker will assist in making copies for those users. The copier is fee based at ten cents per page. Payment for copies must be made at time of service.

Fax Service
The library does not have the capability to fax.

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