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Burritt Library Basics

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Information for Guest Borrowers

Although the Burritt Library principally serves the information needs of CCSU students, faculty, and staff, we are open to the public. Visitors may use library materials and resources within the library building and may apply for borrowing privileges. The information that follows explains the privileges extended to library visitors.

Obtaining Guest Borrower Privileges

Guest borrowing privileges at the CCSU Library are available to Connecticut residents who are over 18 years of age and out of high school. A valid Connecticut driver's license or a valid Connecticut photo ID must be presented in person when applying for a card. Cards will not be issued to anyone who has outstanding Library or University charges.


Loan Periods/Circulation Policy

  • Loan period

    • Four weeks for books in the general collection.
    • All Music CD's, DVD's, videos for two weeks with one renewal.
    • Computer software for one week with no renewals.
  • Limit

    • 15 books
    • 5 Curriculum Lab videos or computer software packages.
  • Renewals

    • Books may be renewed twice, if not requested by another patron. Materials may be brought to the library to be renewed or are renewable online.
  • Recalls

    • Any book may be recalled after 2 weeks if another patron has requested it.
  • Overdue Materials:

    • As a courtesy to borrowers, an overdue reminder will be sent when books are 30 days overdue.
    • A final notice will be mailed after 60 days.
    • Failure to return materials after receipt of the final notice will result in the account being turned over to the University's Bursar for collection and the possibility of Library privileges being revoked.
  • Lost Books:

    • A $75 replacement fee will be charged plus a non-refundable $25 processing fee for books considered lost, when overdue for 45 days.
    • In the event the replacement cost is significantly higher, the current replacement cost may be charged. 

Accessing Library Account Online:

Please call the Circulation Desk at (860) 832-3410 for instructions on how to access your account online, for monitoring and renewing checked out materials.

Library cards are not transferable.

Cards will not be issued to anyone who has outstanding Library/University charges or does not have a social security number on file.

The Library reserves the right to withdraw borrowing privileges at any time.

Services Not Available to Guest Borrowers:

  • CSCU Consortial Sharing or Interlibrary Loan:

    Guest borrowers do not have Resource Sharing with our sister campuses or Interlibrary Loan privileges.  Guest borrowers with public library cards must utilize their town libraries to obtain Interlibrary Loan services.
  • Course Reserve Materials:

    Materials placed on Reserve are there for the specific use of classes.  These materials can only be used by currently enrolled students, CCSU faculty and staff.
  • Remote access to full text articles and e-books. 

Computer Use

Most computers in the building require a BlueNet ID for logon. However, there are a few guest computers located on the first floor as well as stack 6 and stack 8 that do not require a logon. These public access terminals have internet access and the full complement of subscription databases and E-journal collections. Visitors and guest borrowers may use subscription databases, etc. within the library but are not entitled to remote access. Use of these public terminals is limited to 2 hours per guest per day. All computers are primarily for student use. If students are waiting, visitors and guest borrowers may be asked to give up using a computer prior to the end of the two hour limit. Please refer to the CCSU Computer Use Policy (link below) for detailed guidelines concerning acceptable computer and network use.


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