Circulation & Reserves Desk

Located at the main entrance of the library, the Circulation/Reserves Desk is the main service point for library services.

Check out material

Users can check out library material in a number of ways at the circulation desk. Self-check stations are located prominently at the Circulation/Reserves Desk and provide the quickest way to check out library material. Two additional self-check stations are located in the foyer of the Second floor closest to the General Collection. Users may also check out material directly from library staff who operate the Circulation/Reserves Desk.

Check in material

Users may return library material directly to library staff at the Circulation/Reserves Desk. Alternatively, books are collected every morning and afternoon from library book drop boxes. These are located on campus, one right outside the Student Center, the other in front of the Arts Building. Books returned to the book drop are counted as received the previous evening. Please use the box only for the return of library materials. Fragile items such as videotapes and CDs should be returned directly to the Circulation/Reserves Desk.

Reserve Material

Professors will often place items “on reserve” in the library. This means that you can ask for the article/book at the Circulation/Reserves Desk or search the catalog to check availability. Since many students need to share these items, they can usually be used for only 2 hours and they may not be taken from the library. In most cases, reserve items can be photocopied.

Faculty wanting to place library or personal material on Reserve can do so by viewing the Reserves Policy

Lost and Found

The Library operates a Lost and Found for items left in the library. Please check with Library staff at the Circulation/Reserves Desk if you have lost an item. Every Saturday afternoon all Lost and Found items are forwarded to the Lost and Found located in the Office of Student Affairs.

Laptop Loans

The library supplies 42 laptops for student use within the library. Laptops are checked out at the main circulation desk for 3 hours, renewable on availability.

Group Study Room/Presentation Room/Media Room Check out

For more information on rooms see our Rooms and Zones page.

Group Study Rooms

The library offers 16 study rooms for student use. Select study rooms may only be reserved in advance during study periods and finals by contacting the Circulation/Reserves Desk. All other rooms are available on a first come first served basis. Group study rooms are limited to 2 people or more and unattended items will be moved.

Presentation Rooms

The library offers 4 Presentation Rooms for student use. Presentation rooms are equipped with 55″ LCD flat screen TVs to facilitate group study and presentation practice. All rooms can be reserved in advance and must be checked out at the Circulation/Reserves Desk. Rooms can be checked out for 2 hours at a time and must not be left unattended.

Media Rooms

The library offers 6 Media Rooms for viewing DVD/VHS material. Two Media Rooms are designed for group viewing (4+) , while the other four Media Rooms are suitable for individual or small group viewing (2-3). Media rooms 3, 4 and 5 may also be used for presentation practice.  All rooms must be checked out at the Circulation/Reserves Desk. Rooms can be checked out for 2 hours at a time and must not be left unattended.

General Questions

Circulation/Reserves Desk staff can be reached for general questions at 06-5152256 during regular library hours or at [email protected].

Further Information on Library Services

For information on services provided by the Library from borrowing items to finding a quiet study space see these pages below.

Loan Policies – How many items can you borrow?

Off Campus Access – How to access AUS Library resources off-campus

FAQs – Frequently asked questions on everything from eating in the Library, holds, and doing research

New Books & RSS Feeds – Learn about RSS feeds and see which new books have arrived

Suggest A Book – Give us your suggestions for new books

Rooms & Zones – Includes information on zones such as the No Talking Zones, using Presentation Rooms etc.

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