Circulation Desk

Borrowing Privileges and Returns

  • Eureka College ID cards serve as the library card.
  • ID cards must be presented to check out or renew library materials at the desk.
  • Any materials checked out on a user’s ID card are the responsibility of the ID card holder.
  • All overdue fines, losses, etc. incurred are the responsibility of the ID card holder.
  • Lost cards should be reported to the Circulation Desk to cancel the card’s registration.
  • Return library materials to the Circulation desk, through the book depository located at the front of the library building, or at the drop box located on the first floor of Burgess Hall.
  • See the Student Handbook for complete policy information.


Student Loan Period

  • Circulating books, records, and tapes: Due 4 weeks after check-out.
  • Interlibrary Loans: Due 4 weeks after checkout unless otherwise indicated.
  • Reserve Materials:
  • Restricted Reserve – two hours, in-library circulation only.
  • Regular Reserve – 24 hour circulation period.
  • Two-day reserve – 48 hour circulation period.
  • Reference Books: Do not circulate.
  • Periodicals: Do not circulate.
  • Vertical File materials: Circulate for one week.
  • Videos/DVDs: Circulate for one week.


Renewal Options

  • Materials may be renewed twice unless a member of the College community or the library places a recall on the materials.
  • Interlibrary Loan materials may be renewed at the discretion of the lending library. Please request renewals in advance to allow time for the lending library to be contacted.
  • You may renew by phone, in person, or via internet through the online catalog’s My Account feature.



  • Ten cents per day for books and records from the open stacks.
  • Twenty-five cents per hour for reserve materials.
  • Fifty cents per day for interlibrary loans, videos, and vertical file materials.
  • If the fine is paid at the time the overdue material is returned, the fine will be reduced by half.
  • If the library materials are declared lost, the student will be charged the current replacement cost of the material ($40.00 for books, $90 for dvd/vhs), plus a processing fee of $10.00 per item and the accrued fines.
  • At the end of each semester, all library materials must be returned or paid for if lost, and all fines must be paid. Returning students will not be allowed to register for the next semester until they clear their record with the library. Exiting students will have a hold placed on their transcripts until they settle outstanding obligations. Graduating seniors must settle outstanding accounts or they will not be allowed to participate in graduation.


Theft/Damage of Library Property

Anyone who removes materials from the library without checking them out first is subject to disciplinary action. The library has an electronic security system which is set to detect the removal of library materials that have not been checked out properly. When unauthorized materials are removed from the library, an alarm sounds and the exit gate locks. Anyone exiting at that time is asked to return to the Circulation desk to check for materials that have not been processed or approved for removal from the library. Disciplinary action will be taken against any individual who fails to return to the Circulation Desk when the alarm sounds.

Any library materials that are damaged or mutilated must be replaced by the patron responsible for the damage, and that patron may also be subject to disciplinary action. Offenses against the library such as theft, mutilation, and vandalism are defined under Illinois State Statute 16B and are subject to prosecution by the State’s Attorney.


Interlibrary Loan

Books and journal articles not available in Melick Library may be borrowed from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan when appropriate. Journal articles may be requested through some online databases such as EbscoHost and WorldCat, or e-mailed to the interlibrary loan department. Books and audio visuals may be requested through the I-Share catalog or WorldCat.


Using Other Area Libraries

Eureka College is a member of the CARLI consortium which includes over 80 academic libraries in the state of Illinois.

Materials can be checked out of CARLI libraries (including Illinois State University, Bradley University, and Illinois Community College) with the Eureka College ID card. Contact the Circulation Desk for more information. Materials checked out directly from these libraries must be returned directly to that library by the student. Materials cannot be returned through the Interlibrary Loan department. For a complete list of CARLI member libraries click here.

The Eureka Public Library offers Courtesy Cards which allow Eureka College students and faculty members to check out materials. To apply for a Courtesy Card at Eureka Public Library, you must have a picture ID (preferably both a driver’s license and Eureka College ID).



Reserve materials for Eureka College courses are kept at the Circulation Desk and/or placed on e-reserve through the classic version of the library’s online catalog. Students are required to check out materials with their student id cards and abide by the loan periods if using physical copies.

Loan Periods

  • Restricted Reserve – two hours, in-library circulation only.
  • Regular Reserve – 24 hour circulation period.
  • Two-day reserve – 48 hour circulation period.



Twenty-five cents per hour for all reserve materials.