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Circulation Services

Becoming a Borrower:

Members of the Providence College community need to bring appropriate identification in order to register for library borrowing privileges. This means undergraduate students should bring their PC ID cards, other students should bring a drivers license or other government-issued photo ID card, a receipt from their respective divisions, i.e., a receipt from the School of Continuing Education, the Graduate School office, etc.  Library users from other colleges belonging to the Higher Education Library Information Network (HELIN) need to bring their own college identification card in order to borrow materials from the Phillips Memorial Library. 

Loan Policies: 


Loan periods vary with the type of patron and the type of material being borrowed:


​Patron Type

​Max. # Books

​Loan Period

Renewals​ ​HELIN ILL​
Undergraduates ​50 ​1 month

​2 for PC books

1 for HELIN books

​Y ​Y
​SCE ​50 ​1 month

​2 for PC books

1 for HELIN books

​Y ​Y
​Graduates ​50 ​1 month

​2 for PC books

1 for HELIN books

​Y ​Y
​Faculty/Emeriti ​200 ​4 months ​Yes ​Y ​Y
Staff ​50 ​4 months ​Yes ​Y ​Y
​Alumni ​20 ​1 month ​1 Renewal ​N ​N
​PC Retirees ​50 ​​1 month ​1 Renewal ​N ​N
​Special Borrowers ​20 1 month​ ​1 Renewal N​ ​N

Retrieval Policies:


Recalls of items can occur after a period of two weeks if another patron needs the material. Missing books will be searched in the stacks for 3 to 6 months before reordering.  Users with Overdues are given a grace period of seven days. After this period, items automatically become overdue. After 60 days, material is then billed and the patron is charged $50 for each item.

Sanction Policies:

After 60 days, overdue material becomes billed material. Patrons are billed $50 for each billed item and are sanctioned. Once sanctioned, the patron's HELIN privileges are suspended until the billed material is returned or replaced. Replacement charges are added to the user's account if material is not returned after the billing notice. For Providence College patrons, at the end of each semester, the library forwards all bills for graduating seniors to the treasurer's office. Students will need to return the materials before they can gain access to their transcripts. All library books can be returned to the circulation desk. The library accepts books from other HELIN schools and will return them to the proper school by way of our delivery system.​

Using HELIN Libraries:

PC ID holders are also borrow materials directly from other HELIN libraries: HELIN On-Site Services for PC ID Holders​

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