Library Circulation Policy
Lynn University faculty, staff, students, and alumni may borrow materials from the Lynn Library. Your Lynn University ID card serves as your library card. You must show a valid ID to borrow materials.
Student Loan Periods (Graduate and Undergraduate)
Faculty and Staff Loan Periods
Alumni Loan Periods (You will need an Alumni ID Card.*)
(*Alumni: Once you have separated from the school, your old student ID card will not be valid. Alumni can request cards by phone, 561-237-7748 or toll-free 1-877-326-5966, email, or by visiting the Office of Alumni Affairs in the Schmidt Building.)
Lynn Library materials can be renewed online. From our website, click on Renew My Stuff and enter your Lynn username and your Lynn password. You can also renew items in person, or by phone (561.237.7254) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Interlibrary Loan Items
Materials requested through interlibrary loan have varying loan periods, and these are set by the loaning library. To renew an item or for more information, contact Jared Wellman at email@example.com.
Course reserve books and materials may be placed on limited loan/reserve at the request of the faculty. You may find out what materials are on reserve by contacting the circulation desk at the library. All reserve materials are located at the circulation desk and may be checked out for brief use. It is recommended but not required that students use course reserves within the library. A Lynn University ID card is required to borrow reserve materials. All course reserve materials may be checked out for 3 hours.
If materials are not returned after they are two weeks overdue, they are considered lost. Lost or damaged book charges are $50 or purchase replacement copy. The charge for lost CDs or DVD is $40 or purchase replacement copy. Course grades and transcripts may be withheld until all charges due are paid or materials are replaced.
Students from other institutions and libraries and the general public are welcome to visit the library. Visiting students may only borrow materials from Eugene M. and Christine E. Lynn Library through interlibrary loan, or by presenting a SEFLIN card (Southeast Florida Library & Information Network). Visiting students and the general public will not have access to the computers, the network, or digital materials.
Library Visitor Use Policy
Lynn University Library's primary mission is to serve the needs of its students, faculty, and staff and to provide a welcoming, comfortable, and safe environment that promotes free intellectual exploration, research, and learning. The following policies governing use of the University Library have been established to promote user safety; to prevent activities that could damage the Library, its equipment, or collections; and to maintain an atmosphere that permits the library to fulfill its primary mission.
Food and Beverages
Food and beverages, within reason, are permitted. Library users are expected to be considerate of others and to avoid messy, smelly, or noisy food items, and to clean up after themselves appropriately. Please cover beverages to limit damage from any spills. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited at all times unless at a catered university event.
We follow Lynn’s overarching tobacco use policy. All tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, are prohibited inside the library, on our patios and near our entrance. There is a designated smoking area on the north side of the library building.
Damage to Library Property
Use of Library Computers & Printers
Do not leave valuables unattended in the Library. The Library is not responsible for any thefts or loss of property. We do keep found items at the Information Desk and we actively try to identify and contact owners of lost items whenever possible. We discard lost items after each semester.
Trained, registered service animals are welcome in the library, in accordance with Lynn’s service animal policy. Other pets are not permitted.
Children under the age of 14 must be attended by a responsible adult.
Library Gift Policy
The Lynn University Library welcomes and encourages gifts to the Library in support of the University's programs. Gifts of books and other materials are much appreciated, as are bequests, endowments, and larger contributions.
The same criteria used for the purchase of new materials are applied when gift materials are reviewed. In both cases, the decision is based upon the demands, present and anticipated, of the University’s programs of teaching and research.
How to Make a Gift or Donation
The initial contact person for gifts to the Library is the Director of the Library or a designee, who will discuss the materials with the donor and indicate whether or not the gift would be of value to the Library. In order to help make such a decision, a list of the items to be donated is very useful. In addition, the gift may have to be examined. If necessary, transportation of materials can be arranged after the gift has been reviewed and accepted.
The Director of the Library will consult with the Manager of Gift Accounting within the Development Office, who works with the Library to manage all gifts and gifts-in-kind that come through the University.
Occasionally, current Lynn students, faculty and staff may donate small numbers of items to the library on an ad-hoc and informal basis, in the case of graduating students, office moves, department clean-ups, etc.
Federal tax law generally allows individual donors who give non-cash gifts to the University to claim a charitable contribution deduction for the fair market value of the gift. The Library encourages donors to consider, for their own interest, obtaining an appraisal of their gifts for income tax purposes. Such appraisals are the responsibility of the donor and should be made, if possible, before the gifts are transferred to Lynn in order to establish their fair market value. The Internal Revenue Service considers the University to be an interested party, and therefore the Library is not permitted to make appraisals of gifts (nor is any employee of the University). For this reason, donors must bear the costs of appraisal, but the costs may be deductible expenses. Donors can find appraisers at the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America, the American Booksellers Association or the American Society of Appraisers, to name a few. The acceptance of a gift which has been appraised by a disinterested party does not in any way imply endorsement of the appraisal by the Library. Because tax laws change frequently, it is advisable that donors seek professional tax or estate counsel prior to making a gift.
Types of Gifts Welcomed
The Library accepts gifts of books and other materials that will enhance the strengths of its collections, and support Lynn’s programs of study and student and faculty research and cultural interests. Of particular interest are scholarly items with research value that are in good physical condition, CDs and DVDs, and quality paperback literature. Papers and manuscript materials relating to the University’s history, curriculum, or research interests are also considered.
Due to the high cost of processing donations, the Library reserves the right to decline gift offers at its sole discretion. Donors who offer materials or collections which the Lynn University Library declines may be referred to other libraries or charitable book donation programs.
Received materials will be evaluated in accordance with criteria consistent with the Library Collection Development Policy. Upon receipt of a gift, the materials become the property of the Lynn University Library. Once items are accepted, the Library is responsible for determining the retention, location, cataloging treatment, and other considerations relating to the use or disposition of these materials.
Those materials not added to the collections will be disposed of at the discretion of the Library – including donating to another library or non-profit, re-selling to a local bookseller, or recycling. Recycling gifted materials will generally be the last option after attempts to donate or re-sell are not successful.
Items not Accepted as Gifts
In general, the Library considers the following to be not acceptable as gifts:
Acknowledgments and Records
After gift items are accepted, an acknowledgment letter from the Director of the Library will be sent to the donor. The letter will note the number of volumes accepted but will not list individual titles or estimate the value of the donation.
The Library will keep a record of correspondence relating to gifts and will document, for each formal donation, the names of donors, the dates of donations, a brief description of each donation, and the number of items donated.
User Privacy and Confidentiality
The Lynn University Library believes strongly in protecting the privacy of all who use its services, in person and online. In this library the right to privacy is the right to open inquiry without having the subject of one’s interest examined or scrutinized by others.
Library staff will not reveal the identity of patrons or materials checked out, except as required by law (Florida Statute Section 257.261). Our commitment to patron privacy and confidentiality has deep roots not only in law, but also in the ethics and practices of librarianship. In accordance with the American Library Association’s Code of Ethics: “We protect each library user’s right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received and resources consulted, borrowed, acquired, or transmitted.”
Consequently, Library staff members hold in confidence to the extent allowable by law all information about individual Library users and their choices of research or study material. Please help the Library protect your friends' and colleagues' right to privacy, and your right, by not asking staff members for this kind of information. This information will not be shared with any other individual, including family members.
Your Rights of Privacy & Confidentiality
The Rights of Privacy and Confidentiality include but are not limited to these services: