UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH POLICY 10-03-01

CATEGORY:             SUPPORT SERVICES

SECTION:                  Library and Instructional Resources

SUBJECT: NOTIS:   University Libraries Integrated On-line Circulation System

EFFECTIVE DATE:   September 10, 1990

PAGE(S):                    2

I.    SCOPE

      This policy establishes the circulation functions of NOTIS, the integrated on-line system

      for the management of library materials and loan record keeping.  It is applicable to all

      University Library System (ULS) libraries and Non-ULS Libraries that have

      implemented the NOTIS integrated on-line circulation system, which include:

      ULS Libraries   Graduate School of Business, Chemistry and Computer Science,

      East Asian, Economics, Engineering, Fine Arts, Graduate School of Public and

      International Affairs, Hillman, Langley, Mathematics, Music, Physics, and School of

      Library and Information Science libraries.

      Non-ULS Libraries   Falk, Law, Nursing, WPIC, and the regional campus library at

      Johnstown.

II.   POLICY

      ULS Libraries

      Effective with the implementation of the NOTIS circulation system, the following loan

      regulations on borrowing, returns, and renewals apply to ULS Libraries only:

      -     Any individual with a valid University ID Card may borrow an unlimited number of

            books for four weeks.

      -     Any individual with a Special Library Card may borrow up to ten books for fourteen

            days.

      -     Books charged out on the NOTIS system may be renewed by telephone by

            providing the borrower's ID number and the book ID (barcode number) for each

            item to be renewed.  Provided the material is not recalled, renewals are unlimited.

      -     All books are subject to immediate recall if they are needed for course reserves.

      -     Books may be recalled for use by another patron after a borrower has had them

            for seven days.

      -     Books may be returned at any library and a return receipt will be provided upon

            request.

      -     Fines will be assessed for overdue and lost materials in accordance with the

            University Library System Borrowing and Fee Schedule.  See Procedure 10-03-01,

            NOTIS: University Libraries Integrated On-line Circulation System.

      -     The circulation status of many library materials will be displayed in the PITTCAT

            Database.

      Non-ULS Libraries

      Circulation policies vary among Non-ULS Libraries.  Statements of circulation policy

      for each individual library are available at all libraries.  Refer to the circulation policy

      posted in each library for the following:

      -     Maximum number of items allowed for borrowing

      -     Borrowing period

      -     In-person renewals

      -     Telephone renewals

      -     Recall of materials in circulation

      -     Returning materials

      -     Course Reserve Books

      -     Schedule of fines

      -     Grace period for overdue materials

      -     Replacement charges for lost materials

III.  REFERENCE

      Procedure 10-03-01, NOTIS: University Libraries Integrated On-line Circulation

      System

      Policy 10-03-03, Special Library Cards and Access to University Libraries