2.1 Policy on the Use of Electronic Resources
2.1.1 License Agreements
2.2 Privacy and Confidentiality Policy
2.3 Food and Beverage Policy
2.4 Gifts and Collection Donation Policy
2.4.1 Gifts of Donated Materials
2.4.2 Tax Issues
2.4.3 Reserved Rights
2.4.4 How to Make a Donation
Who can borrow?
*The general public is welcome to use library materials IN THE LIBRARY ONLY.
How many books (resources) may I borrow at one time?
For how long may a book (resource) be borrowed?
Are fines charged for overdue materials?
How many times may I renew?
How long can I be guaranteed a recalled resource?
Will I be charged for damaged, lost, or non-returned materials?
Can I borrow books and journal articles through Interlibrary Loan (ILL)?
The Global University Library endeavors to provide access to electronic resources that support the research and educational needs of current Global University students, faculty, and staff. United States Copyright Law and contractual license agreements govern the access, use, and reproduction of the electronic resources that the Global University Library makes available to its authorized users.
Reproductions (electronic or print) made by users of the Global University Library's electronic resources are governed by the Fair Use Section of the U.S. Copyright Law, except when the resources are covered by license agreements. Reproductions made through printing or downloading are usually considered to be fair use if:
The use of electronic resources provided by the Global University Library is governed by license agreements negotiated between the Library and publishers or other third parties. Frequently these legally binding agreements impose greater restrictions on use than copyright law, and permit current student, faculty, and staff to access these resources for non-commercial, educational, scholarly, and research purposes. They generally prohibit large-scale downloading of articles or other information, sharing of articles or other information with individuals at other institutions, and using articles or information for commercial purposes. Users should be aware that publishers may monitor the use of electronic resources to ensure that the terms of the license agreement are enforced.
Please be aware :
The Global University Library expects users of electronic resources to be aware of and act in compliance with all relevant federal and state laws, and University policies. Access to and use of these resources is a privilege and must be treated as such by all users to protect the rights of the Global University community. Questions about the appropriate use of licensed information resources may be directed to the Director of Library Services.
The Global University Library is committed to the principles of both Intellectual and Academic Freedom. These principles underscore the Library’s fundamental responsibility to protect our users' privacy and confidentiality.
The right to privacy is the right to inquiry without having the subject of one's interest examined or scrutinized. Confidentiality exists when a library is in possession of personally identifiable information about users and keeps that information private on their behalf.
When library users recognize or fear that their privacy or confidentiality is compromised, true freedom of inquiry no longer exists. Library staff must vigilantly guard their patrons' privacy and freedom of inquiry.
The Global University Library is committed to protecting each library user's privacy and confidentiality. In compliance with federal and state laws and professional standards, the Library will not reveal the identities of individual users or reveal what information sources or services they consult.
The Global University Library recognizes that the care of library materials is essential to their long term preservation. The Library welcomes students, faculty, and staff to bring food and drinks into the library. However, in order to maintain a pest-free environment and damage-free furnishings, the Library requests:
Please help us achieve the goals of cleanliness and preservation by observing this policy.
Contributions of materials and/or funds enable us to enhance our collections, providing both excellent educational supports to Global University students and high quality research resources for our faculty. We welcome gifts of donated materials and/or financial contributions. Gifts of both kinds are needed to support our library programs. Your gifts will help us strengthen and augment our resource collections to support the research needs of students and faculty.
Gifts of donated materials are a major factor in increasing the depth and breadth of our collections. Donated items must generally meet the same selection criteria as purchased materials. Acceptance of entire collections/libraries is contingent on evaluation by the Director of Library Services and/or a selection committee. If the gift is an entire collection, it is preferred that the donor provide a descriptive list of items for review before bringing or shipping the materials to the library. Small and individual gifts may be accepted informally. In instances local to the Springfield area, arrangements may be made for an on-site visit to review materials or to pick them up.
The Library will acknowledge in writing all gifts accepted unless the donor declines such notification. Books and other resources will be cataloged and listed in the Library’s online catalog with a notation of the donor’s name, unless anonymity is requested. A bookplate bearing the name of the donor or a person being honored by the gift may be affixed to books if requested by the donor. All donors of materials valued at over $500 must sign a Deed of Gift Form transferring ownership of the materials to the Global University Library.
While gifts to the Global University library are tax deductible, IRS regulations prohibit the Library as an interested party from making appraisals of gifts for tax purposes. In general, the IRS does not require an appraisal of gifts valued at under $5,000. It is customary for donors to pay the cost of the appraisal of valuable items since they derive the tax benefit. A donor considering donating valuable items should consult an attorney or accountant for expert advice. The Library may assist donors in identifying qualified appraisers or researching the value of materials through standard sources.
The Library does not accept gifts with restrictions except those negotiated between the Directorpand the donor before acceptance.
The Library reserves the right to determine the appropriate degree of cataloging or processing of materials and the final physical location of materials added to the collections and, except in the case of very large gifts of exceptional value, does not maintain separate named collections.
Photocopies of copyrighted materials are generally not accepted.
The Library reserves the right to dispose of donated materials not added to the collections by selling them (with the funds to support future acquisitions), by gift or exchange with other institutions, or by other means. Donors may request at the time of donation that materials not added to the collection be returned to them.
Materials in poor physical condition will be evaluated to determine their scholarly or historic value before acceptance. Donors of such materials may be asked to make a financial contribution to help offset the costs of any professional preservation treatment needed.
Persons who wish to contribute materials or make financial contributions in support of the growth, preservation and maintenance of the physical collections, or of the services and programs of the Global University Library, should contact: