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Circulation Services

Books and Periodicals

Once a Library patron selects desired materials, he or she proceeds to check out these selections by submitting the appropriate ID/PIN information as directed by the library computer system, which will allow the materials to be checked out for a two-week period. Library patrons may renew at the end of the two-week period twice for a total of six weeks.

Other Materials

Requests for digital and audio-visual materials shelved in Olivet’s Media library follow the procedures used for books.

Number of Items Borrowed

Patrons Number of Items Length of Loan
Undergraduate Student 10 2 Weeks
Graduate Student 20 2 Weeks
Faculty/Staff 30 1 Month
Alumni 5 2 Weeks

Renewing Library Materials

In Person: At the Circulation/Check Out Desk.

Ralph D. Winter Library materials can be renewed if the borrower’s account is in good standing. Account problems that may prevent renewal include:

  • Reaching the maximum number of renewals - twice
  • Fines and other library charges
  • Blocks initiated by the Office of Student Finance Admissions and Records because of an unpaid bill or other account problem

The following items CANNOT be renewed:

  • Items that have been requested by another patron. These items should be returned immediately to the Library on their due date.
  • Reserve items
  • Overdue items
Collection Kind of Material Length of Loan
Books Circulating
2 Weeks/ 1 Month
Library Use Only
Library Use Only
Magazines & Newspapers Latest Issue
Back Issues
Room Use
2 Weeks/ 1 Month
Audiovisual Videotapes, compact discs, DVDs etc. 2 Weeks/ 1 Month

Overdue Notices and Usage Blocking

Overdue notices are issued as a courtesy to all library users. However, non-receipt of an overdue notice does not exempt a borrower from applicable punishment. For those who fail to comply with the circulation policy may be blocked from the library usage. To avoid overdue notices and the blocking of usage, please renew your materials before the due date stamped in each item

Returning Library Materials

Borrowers may return Ralph D. Winter Library materials to the Check-Out Desk on the University’s main campus.

Library Hours

Monday 7:00 am – 8:00 pm PST
Tuesday 7:00 am – 8:00 pm PST
Wednesday 7:00 am – 5:00 pm PST
Thursday 7:00 am – 8:00 pm PST
Friday 7:00 am – 5:00 pm PST
Saturday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm PST
Sunday Closed


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