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Library Information


This page provides information on borrowers' privileges and responsibilities.


Lewis & Clark students, staff, faculty, and alumni may borrow materials from Watzek with a valid College ID or alumni card (available through Alumni Relations at the College of Arts & Sciences or the Graduate School of Education and Counseling).

Patrons who are currently enrolled or employed at Summit institutions also enjoy borrowing privileges with a valid college/university ID card.

Those not otherwise elligible to borrow materials may be able to purchase a Neighbor Pass.

Loan Periods

Patron Type Material Type Loan Period
L&C Student Books 6 weeks, renewable for up to 12 weeks
AV Materials 6 days, renewable for up to 12 days
Course Reserves 3 hours, 24 hours or 72 hours (set by professor), no renewals
Summit 6 weeks (6 days for AV items & restricted materials), no renewals
Interlibrary Loan 4 weeks (6 days for AV items & restricted materials), no renewals
L&C Faculty and Staff Books Through end of semester, renewable for up to 12 months
AV Materials 2 weeks, renewable for up to 4 weeks
Reserves At least 24 hours
Summit 6 weeks (6 days for AV items & restricted materials), no renewals
Interlibrary Loan 4 weeks (6 days for AV items & restricted materials), no renewals
Alumni and Guests

(Limit of 10 items at a time)
Books 6 weeks, renewable for up to 12 weeks
AV Materials 6 days, renewable for up to 12 days


Materials can be renewed if they have not been requested by other patrons—see chart above for renewal limits. To renew materials, access your library account. There, you can check due-dates and renew eligible items. If you encounter trouble while trying to renew materials, please stop by the Circulation Desk or call (503) 768-7270.

Fines & Charges

Overdue fines are assessed to encourage prompt return of library materials. Fines apply all days and all hours the library is open and accrue until late items are returned or renewed.

Patron Type Material Type Fine Replacement Charge
L&C Student Books $0.20/day $45 + $15 service charge
AV Materials $1.00/day $25 + $15 service charge
Course Reserves $0.50/hour $45 + $15 service charge
Summit $0.50/day $75 + $15 service charge
Interlibrary Loan $0.50/day $75 (or actual cost, if higher) + $15 service charge
L&C Faculty and Staff Books n/a $45
AV Materials n/a $25
Summit $0.50/day $75 + $15 service charge
Interlibrary Loan $0.50/day $75 (or actual cost, if higher) + $15 service charge
Alumni and Guests Books $0.20/day $45 + $15 service charge
AV Materials $1.00/day $25 + $15 service charge

Materials that are not returned following overdue notices will be considered lost and a standard replacement charge and processing fee will be assessed, in addition to any applicable overdue fines. Patrons returning materials immediately after they have been charged may receive a credit for replacement charges, but not service charges and/or overdue fines.

Fines and other charges will only be waived if the Library is found to have incorrectly assessed such charges. To appeal library charges, visit the Circulation Desk within 30 days of the charges to complete an appeal form. Appeals based on the following will not be considered:

  • No knowledge of date due
  • Non-receipt of overdue, reminder, or billing notices
  • Theft
  • Illness
  • Disagreement with library fine & fee structure
  • Inability to pay fines and charges
  • Material loaned to a third party
  • Vacations

Summit & ILL

Materials that are not available at Lewis & Clark, including checked-out and missing items, may be borrowed via Summit. This consortium of 37 academic libraries in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho provides materials to students, staff, and faculty only. Items normally arrive at the Circulation Desk within three to five business days. You can find Summit materials, along with L&C items in Primo. Students, staff, and faculty may also borrow materials on-site at any Summit library with an L&C ID card.

Books, journal articles and other materials not available through Summit may be available via Interlibrary Loan. You can find materials available at libraries around the world and submit requests using WorldCat

Holds & Recalls

If a book you need is checked out, you should first try to request the item via Summit—you will usually receive the item more quickly than you might by placing a hold on the L&C copy. If you are unable to request a copy through Summit, you can place a hold on the checked-out item by clicking the Request link in the item's catalog display. When a held item arrives at Watzek, you will receive a notice via email.

South Campus & Boley Library

Graduate School students, staff, and faculty may request items from Watzek and have them delivered to Rogers Hall 202. Simply find an item using the library catalog, click the Request L&C Item link, and select Graduate Campus as the Pickup Location. Deliveries are made daily, Monday through Friday. Summit items may also be requested in a similar manner from the Summit catalog.

Students, staff, and faculty from the Law School may have items delivered to Boley using the same process. Boley staff retrieve items daily, Monday through Friday.

Article delivery

Faculty, staff and graduate students may request scanned copies of individual articles from the Library's periodicals and microform collection, or a chapter from a Watzek book.

Overseas Support

Watzek can provide many resources to students studying abroad. Research guides, databases and ebooks are always available using an L&C username and password. Articles and individual chapters from print materials at Watzek and other libraries can also be delivered electronically. To make a request for something from a print collection, please use the appropriate interlibrary loan form and be sure to specify your program in the Notes field. For help with requests, send an email to ill@lclark.edu.

Librarians are also here to offer remonte research assistance via IM or email.


Overdue, hold, and reminder notices are sent as a courtesy to Lewis & Clark email addresses. Failure to receive these notices does not remove the borrower's obligation to return material by the due date or the recall due date, nor does it constitute grounds for reducing a borrower's fine. Patrons should check their library accounts regularly to track due dates and renew items.

Please direct questions about borrowing policies and procedures to the Circulation Department at circ@lclark.edu or (503) 768-7273

This page maintained by circ@lclark.edu. Updated 31 October, 2016.