The circulation desk is open whenever the library is open. All circulating materials are checked out at the circulation desk, which is located just inside the library entrance. Tufts University faculty, staff and students are eligible to borrow materials from the library upon presentation of a valid, current Tufts University ID. ARC, BLC and Special User Card holders may only check out non-reserve materials. Special borrowers may be required to present additional identification. Loan periods for circulating materials vary according to status and type of material. The circulation staff can assist borrowers with renewals and recalls of library materials. Address changes and lost ID's should be reported to the circulation desk as soon as possible.
Loan Periods for Circulating Materials
Books in the Vet Stacks
Due in two weeks
Due in one week
Overnight Reserve Materials
Due the next day or the following Monday if checked out on Friday or Saturday
Due in one week
All Webster Family Library users are responsible for replacement and processing fees for lost library materials. Library materials that are not returned or renewed are assumed lost, and replacement charges are added to the user's library account. Unpaid overdue fines and replacement charges are forwarded to the Bursar's Office for collection. The replacement charge for a lost item is $90. Library charges may be paid by check in the Webster Family Library. If you have questions concerning library charges please contact the Library Manager.
Books are subject to recall after two weeks of use if another patron needs the item. Recalled books are not renewable.
Library books may be returned to the drop slot, located at the end of the circulation desk. If the library is not open, they may be put in the book drop just outside the library entrance. There is also a book drop in the Foster Hospital for Small Animals that can be used for all except overnight reserve items.
Borrowing Materials from Library Reserve
Reserve materials leaving the library must be checked out at the circulation desk with a current, valid Tufts ID. The library maintains a collection of materials placed on reserve by Veterinary faculty in order to make required course reading available to a large number of students. Reserve materials are shelved by call number and are located in the Reserve stacks.
Reserve Loan Periods
Any library material on overnight reserve (one strip of reserve tape on the item) is due back at the library at 9am the following day or at 9am Monday if the item was checked out Friday or Saturday. If the library is closed due to a holiday the item is due the next morning by 9am. All overnight reserve items must be returned to the circulation desk or the book drop just outside the library entrance. Materials shelved behind the circulation desk must be returned the same day they are borrowed, and are for library use only. When any item is borrowed from behind the circulation desk, a valid Tufts ID must be left with the signed checkout card.
Borrowing from Other Libraries
Cummings School students, faculty and staff who need material not available at the Webster Family Library may request the items using interlibrary loans, or ILLiad. An ILL staff person will attempt to borrow or get copies of material from other libraries. Many journal articles are available online, please check the Tufts catalog for holdings before submitting your request.
Please supply a full bibliographic citation and the citation source (Medline, for example) if you can. This information will help us to expedite the interlibrary loan process. Every effort is made to get material as quickly as possible. On average, articles arrive in one to seven days, books may take up to three weeks or more. Libraries are required to observe both the regulations of the lending library and US copyright laws. Note: All requests should indicate the latest date that the patron needs the material.