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Archive for December, 2009

New MeLcat Fine Assessment Policy

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

Effective Jan 11th, 2010 the University Libraries will begin assessing overdue fines for material borrowed through MeLcat and returned after the due date. The overdue fine will be consistent with fee/fines currently assessed for WSU owned material.

Books: $0.25 cents per day per item
Videos/DVDs: $1.00 per day per item

If the item(s) is more than thirty days (30) overdue then a default replacement fee of $100.01 will be assessed against the patron account until item is returned. This default fee may not represent the actual replacement value of the material therefore the replacement fee could either be more or less than $100.01. Upon return a $20.00 overdue fee will be assessed against patron account. In cases where the item is lost, returned damaged, or parts of a multi-piece item is missing then the library reserves the right charge the full value of the item or accept a replacement copy. If you have any questions regarding this change in policy please contact Mike Hawthorne, associate director of Access Services at

Library services that will be interrupted by the holiday closure

Monday, December 7th, 2009

The 2009-10 WSU Libraries Holiday closure will affect the following services:

MeLCat: will be unavailable for requests from Thursday Dec. 17th, 2009 through Thursday Dec. 31st, 2009. Wednesday December 16th will be the last day to request items through MeLcat until January 1st, 2010. Items requested through MeLcat prior to Dec. 17th must be picked up no later than Tuesday December 22nd before 6pm. On Dec. 23rd all material not picked up will be returned to home library. Full service will resume on Monday January 4th, 2010. Note: because of the busy time of the year there is no guarantee all requested items will arrive before the library closes on Dec. 24th. We recommend that you request your material as early as possible and remember you may be able to renew online during the holiday closure.

• “Get it”: Requesting and pickup will be unavailable from Wednesday Dec. 23rd, 2009 through Friday Jan. 1st, 2010, pickup of material will resume on Monday Jan. 4th, 2010

• Interlibrary Loan / ArticleReach: Services will be unavailable from Wednesday Dec. 23rd, 2009 through Thursday Dec. 31st, 2009. Requesting will resume on Friday Jan. 1st, 2010 with full-service resuming on Monday Jan. 4th, 2010

For your intersession research needs, please consider one of the following services:
MeLCat Visitor Patron Service (This service allows you to check-out materials at your local library, if they participate in the MeLCat Visitor Patron Service, you have the option of returning the materials to any WSU library for shipment back to the owning library.)