Basic Library Services, Definition

Basic Library Services are available to other library users who are not affiliated with the University including:

  • On-site access to facilities of the KU Libraries system
  • Borrowing privileges for circulating collections (for qualifying individuals)
  • On-site use of computers designated as Public Access Workstations for access to the Library Catalog and selected electronic resources (some restrictions apply)
  • Basic reference services

Interlibrary Loan (including WebRetrieve and Document Delivery services) and remote access to databases are not included in Basic Library Services.  The Retrieve from Shelf service is available only for collections shelved in the Library Annex.

Basic Library Services are provided for two categories of other library users, Reciprocal Borrowers and Resident Borrowers.

Reciprocal Borrowers

  • Haskell Indian Nations University Students, Faculty, Staff
  • Students, Faculty, and Staff of the Kansas Board of Regents Institutions
  • UMKC Courtesy Card Program Participants

Reciprocal Borrowers may check out an unlimited number of items for six weeks.  The items may be renewed five times via the Library Catalog before returning the items to the library or bringing the items to the library to check them out again.

All long-term loan items are subject to recall at any time and must be returned within 14 days of the recall date to avoid overdue charges.  Short-term and reserve loan items checked out for two weeks or less must be returned to the library from which they were checked out by the time due in order to avoid overdue charges and in order to renew them.

Reciprocal Borrowers must purchase and present a KU Library Borrower Card to check out or renew library materials and to request library services.

Resident Borrowers

  • Kansas Residents, Age 18 and Older
  • Kansas University Alumni Association Members
  • KU Continuing Education Students
  • Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Members
  • Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program (ARL/OCLC)
  • Students, Faculty, and Staff of the Other Kansas Institutions of Higher Learning (non-Kansas Board of Regents)
  • Surviving Spouses of Emeritus or Retired KU Faculty
  • Visiting Scholars (those not approved as KU Affiliates)

Resident Borrowers may check out a maximum of 20 items for six weeks.  The items may be renewed twice via the Library Catalog before returning the items to the library or bringing the items to the library to check them out again.

All long-term loan items are subject to recall at any time and must be returned within 14 days of the recall date to avoid overdue charges.  Short-term and reserve loan items checked out for two weeks or less must be returned to the library from which they were checked out by the date and time due in order to avoid overdue charges and in order to renew them.

Resident Borrowers must purchase and present a KU Library Borrower Card to check out or renew library materials and to request library services.

The following groups of Resident Borrowers are provided with variations of Basic Library Services:


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