University of Dubuque



Library Environment


Who can borrow?
The Library is open to current students, faculty, and staff of University with a current, valid identification card, as well as current students, faculty, and staff from Wartburg Theological Seminary (WTS), NICC, Loras College, and Clarke College with current, valid school identification cards. In addition, the library participates in the State Library of Iowa's Open Access program, which means that anyone who lives in the state of Iowa may check material out with a valid identification (current driver's license, for example).

Additional information for Open Access patrons is available here.

Loan periods
UD students and staff may check out books and most multimedia for four weeks. Material may be renewed twice if it is not needed by another person or for reserve. UD and Wartburg Theological Seminary faculty may check out material for the semester. All faculty material must physically be returned to the library at the end of spring semester.

Current students, faculty, and staff from NICC, Loras College, and Clarke College and participants in the State of Iowa's Open Access program may check material out for four weeks.

Periodicals, DVDs and videocassettes circulate for 14 days and only to UD and WTS students, faculty, and staff.

Reference books do not circulate.

Recalling material
Any material that is checked out may be recalled. If a book that is checked out is needed by another person, the loan period for the person who has the book changes from four weeks (for students and staff) or the semester (for faculty) to two weeks from checkout. Material needed for reserve or class viewing (DVDs, etc.) will be immediately recalled. 
Hold requests and recalls are not available for Open Access patrons.

Lost material
Material that is not returned within three weeks of the due date will be declared lost. Patrons will be billed for lost items  upon the end of each semester. Replacement charges will be assessed as follows:

  • $40 per book
  • $25 per DVD (except TV seasons)
  • $50 per TV season or video game
  • $25 per magazine or journal issue

Charges for other items will be determined based upon replacement cost.

An additional $25 processing fee will also be assessed per item.

Prior to billing, patrons receive overdue messages as well as a letter itemizing lost items. Items returned prior to billing incur no charges (the library does not charge overdue fines).

Once the business office has processed end-of-semester billing, returns are no longer accepted and refunds are no longer granted.  Library staff will purchase replacement materials if necessary. Patrons should not purchase replacement items.

Library notifications for UD faculty, staff, and students, including overdue notices, are sent to UD email. 

Computer Use by the Public
Guests are welcome to ask library staff for assistance searching the library catalog.  The library does not provide internet or other computer use for the public.  If you wish to have access to the internet, contact your local public library.  Residents of Dubuque may use Carnegie-Stout Public Library at 360 W. 11th Street.  The phone number is (563) 589-4225.

Please see:

2.  The Society for Cinema and Media Studies' Statement of Best Practices for Fair Use in Teaching for Film and Media Educators

Library Environment

The Charles C. Myers Library serves UD students, faculty, and staff as a place to:

  • study, read, and research both as individuals and in groups
  • attend classes
  • receive assistance with research
  • relax and pursue extracurricular reading, check email, etc.
  • connect with others in the coffee shop
  • attend lectures, readings, concerts, and other special events

  • use the materials in the Archives and Special Collections
  • experience a variety of artistic experiences
  • receive assistance in the Academic Success Center with writing, math, etc.

The library staff is dedicated to providing the UD community with a welcoming, attractive, safe facility. Policies regarding disruptive behavior and the public's use of the building are below.

Disruptive Behavior
Disruptive behavior is defined as any action or actions that disturb library patrons, usually relating to noise that is continuous and/or not related to the academic mission of the library. Disruptive behavior will be handled by either the library staff or Security following a standard procedure that is available at the Circulation Desk, Reference Desk, and Security office. Security may be called at any time at the discretion of the staff.

 If Security removes a UD patron from the Library, that patron's library account may be suspended for a period of time. Other sanctions may be applied. If the person is not a current UD student, faculty, or staff, they may be banned from the library and campus.

Library policy states that cell phone ringers should be on silent while in the library. Calls that are quiet and brief are acceptable, but loud or long calls are a disturbance and patrons may be asked to move to the stairway, coffee shop, or outside.

Use of the Building by the Public
The Library participates in the State Library of Iowa's Open Access program, which allows current Iowa residents to borrow books from the collection. We especially welcome teachers and the entire community to use the resources of the A. Y. McDonald Curriculum Library, located on the second floor of the library.

The public is welcome at Sylvia's Common Ground and in the entire Library. However, any member of the public that is perceived as a disruption for any reason will be asked to leave.

Use of the Building for Private Business

The Library serves the educational needs of the University community. As such, it cannot be used as a temporary or permanent office for anyone not currently associated with the University. It is not available for private business transactions, including meetings, interviews, teaching, tutoring, or the like, whether for-profit or volunteer, without the permission of the University Librarian. Anyone not currently associated with the University conducting private business in the Library without permission from the University Librarian will be asked to leave.

Updated May 9, 2011