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Borrowing: Students


Student Borrowing

Ramsey Library's borrowing policies and procedures for students are outlined below.
Students wishing to check out materials from the library must be currently enrolled. To check out materials, please bring your RockyCard to the Circulation Services Desk on the main floor of Ramsey Library.

Loan Periods

Format Loan Period # of Renewals Checkout Limits
Books 30 Days 2 500
CDs & DVDs 7 Days 1 10 CDs, 5 DVDs
Periodicals 7 Days 1 5
Reference Materials In-house Use Non-Renewable NA
Government Documents 30 Days 2 500
Curriculum Materials 30 Days 2 500
Course Reserves1 Varies 1 20
E-Books Varies NA NA
ABC Express Books 30 Days 2 500
ABC Express Multimedia 7 Days 1 10 CDs, 5 DVDs
Interlibrary Loan Varies Inquire 100
Daily Audio/Visual2 3 Days 1 1 per item
Hourly Audio/Visual3 3 Hours 1 1 per item
Group Study Rooms 3 Hours 1 1

1: Course reserves can check out for 2 hours, 3 hours, 1 day or 7 days, based on the preference of the professor.
2: Daily Audio/Visual devices: Camcorders, Tripods, Microphones, Projectors, Projector Screens, Calculators.
3: Hourly Audio/Visual devices: Laptops, Headphones, Optical Drives. 

Renewals and Returns

Renewing Materials

Materials can be renewed at the Ramsey Library Circulation Services Desk, or online.
To renew materials online:

  • First, log on to your UNCA Library Account.
  • Using the left log-in method, log in using your Oneport username and password.
  • At the top of the screen, hit "Renewal All" to renew any materials you have checked out.

Some materials cannot be renewed. Materials cannot be renewed if:

  • You have already had 2 renewals
  • The items are overdue
  • Another patron has placed a "Hold" on the item(s)
  • Your record is blocked due to outstanding obligations

If you have exceeded an item's max renewals and require additional time, please bring the item to the Circulation Services Desk where a staff member can assist you. Ramsey Library is unable to renew materials over the phone.

Returning Materials

Books may be returned to either the Circulation Services Desk or one of the two library bookdrops. Our campus bookdrop is located outside of Zeis Hall, in parking lot 25. Our other bookdrop is located outside the front entrance of the library.

DVDs, CDs & technology equipment must be returned to the Circulation Desk. These items should never be placed in outside bookdrops.

Fines and Fees

Format Grace Period Fines Replacement Fees
Books 4 days $0.20 per day $75
CDs & DVDs 1 day $0.20 for CDs, $1 for DVDs per day $150
Periodicals 1 day $1 per day $25
Government Documents 4 days $0.20 per day $75
Curriculum Materials 4 days $0.20 per day $75
Course Reserves1 Varies Varies $75
ABC Express Books 4 days $0.20 per day $60
ABC Express Multimedia 1 day $1 per day $60
Interlibrary Loan 4 days $0.20 per day $100
Daily Audio/Visual2 1 day $1 per day Varies
Hourly Audio/Visual3 10 minutes $1 per hour Varies
Laptops 10 minutes $2 per hour $2000
Group Study Rooms 10 minutes $2 per hour $25

1: Course Reserves have a grace period of either 1 day or 10 minutes, depending on whether the reserve checks out daily or hourly.
    Course reserves have fines of $1 per day or $1 per hour, depending on whether the reserve checks out daily or hourly.
2: Daily Audio/Visual Replacement Fees: Camcorders - $650, Tripods - $100, Microphones - $150, Projectors - $700
3: Hourly Audio/Visual Replacement Fees: Calculators - $150, Headphones - $25, Optical Drives - $30

Please note, student borrowing privileges will be blocked when fines/fees owed reach $300.00 or more.

Replacing Library Materials

Items which are not returned 75 days after they are due will be billed, listed as lost, and the replacement cost will be charged to the borrower. If desired, a patron can replace a lost or damaged item with an exact copy of the borrowed item, pending the appropriate subject bibliographer's approval. To replace a lost item with a purchased copy:

  • Visit the Circulation Services Desk in Ramsey Library or contact the billing supervisor at 828-251-6434.
  • After contacting the appropriate staff member, we will send you a link for an acceptable replacement to purchase.
  • Purchase the replacement copy and bring it to the Circulation Services Desk when it arrives.

If you have any questions about this process, please contact the Circulation Services Desk or the phone number listed above.

Ramsey Library cannot refund fees on unreturned items that have been billed for one year or longer.

Reciprocal Borrowing

UNCA students, faculty, and staff are entitled to borrowing privileges at other libraries in the UNC system. UNCA users must present their UNCA RockyCard in order to check out books from cooperating libraries.

Upon presenting your RockyCard, the cooperating library is authorized to access your patron record to verify your current enrollment status. The lending library may place restrictions on the types and quantity of materials that are loaned to reciprocal borrowers.

Books borrowed from other UNC system schools may be returned to Ramsey Library for shipment back to the lending library.

Ask at the Circulation Desk (828.251.6336) in Ramsey Library for additional information about this service.


For questions about returns, renewals or fines, please contact Circulation Services

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