Circulation policies

The Circulation Desk is staffed all hours the library is open. DeWitt Library collections are available to all Northwestern College students, faculty, staff, and patrons from the surrounding communities.  

All college students, faculty, and staff must display their identification card when checking out books and other materials. Community patrons must register for a borrowing card. There is no charge for borrowing privileges.  

Renewals

Books and media materials may be renewed as long as a hold has not been placed on the item. Renewals may be made at the Circulation Desk, by phone, by email, or -- for students, faculty, and staff -- online. To renew items online, log in to your library account.

Holds

If a book is checked out to another patron, a "hold" may be placed on the item at the Circulation Desk or -- for students, faculty, and staff -- through your library account. Your name will be put on a waiting list for that item, and you will be notified when the book is available.  

Checkout Periods and Fines

DeWitt Library assesses fines for overdue items. For missing items, borrowers will be charged the replacement cost plus a $25 processing fee. For substantial fines or replacement costs, the library will place a hold on a student's account at the business office; once the fees are paid, the hold will be removed.  

  Checkout Period Fines
Bikes & Bike Helmets 1 day, no renewals $15 per day
Books: Main Collection 3 weeks, 3 renewals 25¢ per item per day
following a 3-day grace period
Books: New & Browsing Collection 3 weeks, 1 renewal 25¢ per item per day
following a 3-day grace period
Books: Reference Collection 1 day
(ask reference librarian for permission)
25¢ per item per day
Headphones 3 hours, no renewals  $1 per hour 
iPads 3 days, no renewals $1 per day
Kindle Fires 3 weeks, 1 renewal $1 per day
Laptops 3 hours or 3 days, no renewals $1 per hour or $1 per day
Media 3 days, 1 renewal 25¢ per item per day
following a 3-day grace period
Media Equipment 3 days, no renewals $1 per day
Reserves 3 hours, 1 day, or 3 days, no renewals $1 per hour for 3-hour reserves
$1 per day for 1-day and 3-day reserves 
  Checkout Period
Bikes & Bike Helmets 1 day, no renewals
Books: Main Collection 3 months, 1 renewal
Books: New & Browsing Collection 3 weeks, 1 renewal 
Books: Reference Collection 3 days (ask reference librarian for permission)
Headphones 3 hours, no renewals
iPads 1 week, no renewals
Kindle Fires 3 weeks, 1 renewal
Laptops 3 hours, 3 days, or 1 week, no renewals
Media 3 months, 1 renewal
Media Equipment 3 days, no renewals
Microphone 1 week, no renewals
Multicultural DVDs 3 days, 1 renewal  
Periodicals 3 days 
Projectors 1 week, no renewals
Reserves 3 hours, 1 day, or 3 days, no renewals
Tripods 1 week, no renewals
Video Cameras 1 week, no renewals
Voice Recorders 1 week, no renewals
Webcams 1 week, no renewals
Whiteboard 1 week, no renewals
  Checkout Period Fines
Books: Main Collection  3 weeks, 3 renewals 25¢ per item per day
Books: New & Browsing Collection 3 weeks, 1 renewal  25¢ per item per day
Media 3 days, 1 renewal $1 per item per day
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