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Lamson Library

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Library User Guide

This guide will introduce you to the very basics of using the Library.

Library Building Policies

Library Hours

Current library hours can always ber found online or by phone at 535-2832.  Hours vary by season and for holidays, so be sure to check the schedule.  Please note that hours for other services within the building such as the Writing Center and Print Depot, may vary from the building schedule.

Responsible Use of Facilities and Materials

Library materials are limited resources that must be shared and should be treated with care and consideration.  You are held accountable for any materials checked out to you that are returned in damaged condition. Deliberate mutilation or theft of library material is a violation of state law (RSA 202-A:24) and is subject to disciplinary action.  Likewise, it is also a violation of academic integrity (see the PSU Catalog "Academic Policies and Procedures").  If you witness anyone defacing materials, report it immediately to the Information Desk.  All Plymouth State University students, faculty, staff and community borrowers are expected to abide by the rules governing student and patron conduct.  

Library staff members are always concerned about the safety of our patrons.  Please contact the Information Desk if you need any assistance.

Upper Level Quiet Zone

Collaboration is encouraged in many areas of the Learning Commons.  However, the Upper Level is designated as the Quiet Zone where students may study with little noise or distraction.  

Student Study Rooms 203-206 (located on the side of the building facing Russell House), and Student Study Rooms 207-209 (located on the side of the building facing Belknap and Pemi Halls), are designated for single users.

Circulation Policies

All library material must be properly checked out at the Information Desk.  Your PSU ID card serves as your library card.  You are responsible for all items checked out on your card.  Materials that are not properly checked out will trigger the security alarm at the gate.  All incidents with the security alarm are recorded. 

Due Dates and Renewals

Most library materials circulate for a period of 30 days and may be renewed for an additional 30 period.  Materials my be renewed by phone, online, or in person at the Information Desk.  Periodicals and Reference Books cannot be checked out unless approved by a Reference Librarian.


It is important to return materials promptly by their due date so users will receive a courtesy notice when material is one week from being due.  For materials not returned by the due date, you will receive two overdue notices within a 30 day grace period.  If the item has not been returned after 30 days of the due date, you will be billed by Student Account Services for replacement costs.  Items returned 180 days (approximately 6 months) after the billed date will not be refunded.

Outstanding library charges are treated like any unpaid University bills, and my result in financial encumbrance which can obstruct registration or graduation.

Course Reserves

Many instructors make supplemental reading material available electronically through Moodle.  Other items such as entire books DVD's are placed on physical reserve at the Information Desk.  Some reserve materials may only be used in the library, others may be taken out overnight or for several days.

In order that reserve items may be efficiently shared by all students in a course, overdue fines for Reserve materials are $1.00 per hour/day.