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Student Checkout Policies

Library Fee Policies

Library Use Policies

Miscellaneous Policies



Student Checkout Policies

Student Library Cards:

WJU students receive an identification card at registration through the Student Life office. This ID serves as a library card for the Paul Nystrom Library. Students are responsible for any items checked out on their card. Please ask at the Circulation Desk or visit this page regarding borrowing privileges for WJU faculty & staff, alumni, audit students, local ministers, and Western and Fuller seminary students.


Each WJU student may check out a maximum of 15 items at a time.

3 weeks: Most items, excepting those below
A/V Equipment: Three (3) Days
A/V Materials: Seven (7) Days
2-hour Reserves: Reserves are available at the circulation desk for 2-hour, in-library use unless labeled otherwise.
Reference: In-library use only.
Periodicals: In-library use only.

Taking materials out of the library without checking them out is considered stealing. Such behavior will be subject to disciplinary action as outlined in the student handbook.


If there is not a hold on the item(s), students may renew checked-out material twice: in person, by phone at 916-577-2288, via e-mail Email, or online. Online access is through the library catalog. This is one of the few logins on campus that does not use your Moodle/email/Discovery password. Your student ID number is your library barcode number by default. Speak to library staff if you are having trouble logging in.


A hold is a request to get an item after the current borrower returns it. A hold does not change the original borrower’s due date, but prevents the borrower who has it from renewing it. For more information on how to place a hold on a library item, visit here or contact the library at (916) 577-2288.

Please note that we do not hold books that are available on our shelves—all checked-in books are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Library Fee Policies

Overdue Items:

If materials are returned past the date/hour marked on the item, an overdue fine will be charged. All items must be returned to the library the day they are due prior to closing to avoid a late fee. When the library is closed, items may be returned in the book drop outside the main entrance to the library, and will be checked in the next business day.

If a patron loses or damages any library materials, he/she must notify the library immediately. Patrons will be charged a replacement and service fee for lost items. If an item is 30 days overdue, it is considered lost and the borrowing patron’s account will be charged accordingly.

Library Fines:

$0.25/day: All items except reserves and A/V equipment.
$1.00/hour: 2-hour reserve items.
$1.00/day Audiovisual (A/V) Equipment

Please note: We are more interested in having materials returned than charging overdue fines. Fines hold patrons accountable for returning items on time so others may use them.

Replacement Policy:

If a library item is lost or damaged, the item’s replacement fees are as follows:

1. Current cost of the item, as determined by the library
2. $25 replacement processing fee

Claims Returned Policy:

Items that are claimed returned will be searched for by library staff a minimum of four (4) times during a period of two (2) months, beginning on the date of claim. Fines will not accrue from the date of claim. If the library finds the item, it will be removed from the patron’s account and any incorrect overdue fines will be canceled. However, if the item is not found during these two months, the library patron is responsible for the replacement cost of the material.

The replacement cost varies based on item type and includes a $25 processing fee. Note that unpaid library balances may result in suspension of borrowing privileges and/or transfer of charges to a patron’s student account.

Library Use Policies

Study Room Policies:

Study Rooms:
The library has three study rooms available for use by current WJU students, staff, and faculty. Reservations for the study rooms can be made here.

Media Lab: The Hugh & Hazel Darling Foundation Media Lab on the second floor of the library contains several mac computers for student usage, as well as study tables and chairs for collaborative group study.

Computer Lab: The computer lab located next door to the library (room #100) is considered a classroom. When not in use for classes, it is also available for library research and individual work, and is often open when the library is closed. Current students, staff, and faculty can access the computer lab by swiping their ID badge at the door.

Computer & Internet Usage:

Use of electronic information resources, including the Internet, must be responsible and ethical, consistent with the purpose for which these resources are provided. All computer and internet usage must adhere to the overarching policies of William Jessup University.

Library staff may impose restrictions, such as time limits or types of use, on library equipment. While respecting individual users’ right to privacy, the library staff reserves the right to monitor use of computer workstations to ensure compliance with library policies. The library staff may ask users to remove themselves from library equipment if they observe behavior in conflict with the policies of WJU. Misuse or abuse of computers or Internet access may result in suspension of library privileges.

Electronic access from off-campus

All the electronic resources are available from on or off campus. When off-campus you will be prompted to login using your Jessup username and password (the same login as Moodle, Discovery, and email). Our licenses only allow off-campus access for students, faculty, and staff with a current Jessup login.

Patron Courtesy and Culture:

The first floor of the library is for active and collaborative study, the second floor hosts our dedicated quiet study space as well as computers. Patrons should be mindful that while in the Reading Room or along the upstairs balcony, their voices and conversations resonate.

Groups over 4 people are encouraged to book a study room in advance as a to manage volume. We have a dedicated “Quiet Study Area” to support patrons seeking a quiet atmosphere for solitary study. Our study rooms are available to any student or staff member for 3 hours a day. We recommend you book rooms in advance as they are popular and limited.

Disruptive cell phone conversations are prohibited in the library. Please consider your fellow students and take your conversations outside or send a nice, quiet text message.

It is best to eat meals in the Crawford Commons rather than in the library. The Commons has a kitchenette, tables, and trash cans for your convenience. You may also find the Commons a pleasant place for studying. Covered drinks and snacks are permitted in the library.

Questions and concerns about the library space can be directed to

Miscellaneous Policies

Interlibrary Loans (ILL):

Books and articles not held at WJU may be requested from other libraries by students through our library, in most cases at no extra charge. To find out more about interlibrary loans or to request an item from another library, click here.

Distance Learning Students:

For online or SPS San Jose students, print holdings can be requested and will be shipped directly to your home address. Submit your request for print materials by emailing Students will be responsible for return shipping.

WJU Archive:

The Paul Nystrom Library is home to the William Jessup University Archive, which helps tell the story of WJU via photographs, publications, audio/visual items, digital records, and other memorabilia. For information regarding the university archive, including donations or check out policy, please email the library staff at

Confidential Information:

By law, library registration files and circulation records are confidential to protect an individual’s right to privacy. Staff may not give out patron information to other students or to the public. Unpaid library debts or financial records are not confidential and may be disclosed on a need-to-know basis.

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