- Books (general collection) - 30 days, 1 renewal
- Reference books - no checkout
- Reserves - as designated (general-2 hours/in library use)
- Periodicals - 2 hours with the permission of a member of the library staff
- Music CD's - 1 week
- Videos - 3 days
Overdue and Late Charges: : It is the responsibility of the borrower
to know and abide by all due dates. As a
courtesy, the library will send email notifications of overdue items to Viterbo
email accounts. Failure to receive an
overdue notice does not absolve a borrower of their responsibility to return
items on time.
All items are considered lost 30 days past the due date. Lost charges for all items are $50 or the cost of the item, whichever is greater, plus a $10 processing fee. If items are not returned or fees are not paid by 60 days past the due date, the charges will be placed on student university accounts. Accounts will be charged earlier at the end of the school year or for graduating students.
For all users, failure to return or pay for lost items by 60 days past the due date will result in library privileges being suspended.
Renewals: Renewals may be made in person, with or without the item, by email, or by phone. Materials with a hold placed on them cannot be renewed. Items that are overdue but are not considered lost may be renewed.
Holds: Holds may be placed on items that are checked out to another person. When the due date is reached and the item is returned, the patron who placed the hold will be notified. The item will be held for 7 days at the main desk.
Reserves: A listing of course reserves is available by title and instructor in the online catalog and in a printed listing available at the circulation desk. Reserve items are located at the circulation desk. Please have the instructor's name, department, course number, and title of the item ready when asking for reserves.
Returns: Materials may be returned to the main desk when finished. Books and other materials used outside of the library may be returned to the circulation desk. The book drop box outside the main entrance to the library may be used for books only. Return other materials inside to prevent damage.
Who May Borrow: Students,
employees, and alumni of Viterbo University, members of the Friends of the
Library program, FSPAs, Viterbo University Emeritus faculty and retirees,
students from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Western Technical College,
or Aquinas Schools, employees of Franciscan Skemp Healthcare-Mayo Health System
and Gunderson/Lutheran Medical Center, parish nurses, and local clergy members
are welcome to use the resources at Viterbo University. A valid university ID or other suitable photo
ID must be presented for all borrowing procedures. Privileges for non-Viterbo users may be
withheld until credentials can be verified.
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Library equipment is for the shared use of Viterbo University faculty, students and staff. No library equipment may leave the country or be checked out for an extended period without prior approval.
Computers: The library has 80 computers for use by Viterbo students, employees, and alumni. Computers are located in Franny's, in labs on the first floor, and in the second floor library instruction lab. There are printers and scanners and a color printer in Room 115.
Wireless Access: The library has wireless access. Please contact the Help Desk at 3870 if you need help logging in.
Laptop Computers: The library has six laptop computers available for check out. These computers are for in-library use only, and may be checked out for four hours. If no one is waiting for a laptop, an additional four-hour check out is allowed. All laptops are due back at the main desk before the library closes.
Other Equipment: The library has video cameras, audio recorders, headphones, headphones with microphones, and iPads available for checkout. All library equipment available to users cans be seen on this list. For additional information, please contact the main desk.
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Cell Phone: Please take calls outside and silence your phone ringer when in the library.
Food and Drink: Small portions of food and drink in covered containers are permitted in the library. Please eat larger meals in Franny's.
Study Rooms and Desks: A limited number of group study rooms are available in the library. Rooms can be reserved in advance at the main desk, except Room 138 (Robers), Room 135 and Room 137. These muse be reserved online or through the Fine Arts Center at 3747. On the day of use, rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Some rooms contain white boards as a study aid. Markers and erasers for these boards are available at the main desk.
Individual study desks are available throughout the library and may be used at any time by any person.
Visitor's Policy: Visitors are welcome to study, read and perform research activities in the library. Staff will assist visitors, but members of the Viterbo community will be given priority to access resources and assistance. If you are an alumnus of Viterbo, please refer to our Alumni policy. When you enter the library, please notify the main desk staff that you are a visitor. Ask for assistance at the reference desk to find materials. Please see a librarian or main desk supervisor with questions about access to research via computers. Copiers and printers may be used on a limited basis. A per-page fee will be charged.
Please come to the main desk if you are having problems copying. Children 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult (parent or guardian).
Materials may be used in the library but not checked out unless you identify yourself as one of the members of the groups listed in the "Who May Borrow" section above, or if you become a Friend of the Library (refer to Friends of the Library Policy.).
The library reserves the right to ask users for identification and to revoke all user privileges for policy violations or inappropriate behavior.
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Privacy and Confidentiality
It is the policy of the Todd Wehr Memorial Library to protect each Library
user's right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought
or received and resources consulted, borrowed, acquired, or transmitted. The library
adheres to the policies and recommendations from the Office of Intellectual
Freedom of the American Library Association, particularly those outlined in Intellectual
Freedom Principles for Academic Libraries and Privacy:
An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights. Further, student information is protected by
the Federal Family Educational Rights
& Privacy Act (FERPA). Viterbo University’s FERPA policy is
available at http://www.viterbo.edu/registrar.aspx?id=18644
The library seeks to limit the collection and retention of personally
identifiable information and only retains information that is required for the
management of library operations. Such patron information may include but is
not limited to:
Database Search Records
Computer Use Records
Inter-Library Loan Records
Electronic Reference Correspondence
Only authorized staff with assigned passwords may access personal data
stored in the library's computer system for the purpose of performing library
work. Except as required by law or interlibrary loan relationships, the library
will not reveal what materials are checked out or have been checked out to an
individual or disclose personal data to a third party in a manner that would
identify a user.
By using library computers and services, users are agreeing to abide by
university regulations, including, but not limited to the Network and Web
Guidelines (http://www.viterbo.edu/uploadedFiles/about/offices/iit/webguide.pdf). Any use prohibited by these guidelines may
result in disclosure of user information to campus authorities or law
Requests for Information
When asked for information about
faculty, staff, and students, by a University employee or student, library
staff will provide only published directory contact information. Work schedules of student workers and
employees will not be disclosed. All requests from non-University-related
individuals for information about students will be referred to the Academic
Vice President. All requests from non-University-related individuals for
information about faculty and staff will be referred to the Director of Human
When presented by a law enforcement
official with a court order for the production of any tangible items (including
books, records, papers, documents, surveillance videotapes, electronic files,
or other items), or a court order authorizing the installation of a pen
register or trap and trace devices on wire or communication devices provided by
the library, library staff members:
- Will refer the law enforcement official to the Director
of the Library or, in his/her absence, to the Academic Vice President; and
- Will not disclose to any other person the fact of the
referral or the existence or content of the court order.