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Access Services & Circulation

Book, articles, videos, and other material may be placed on reserve by faculty members for courses offered at the University. Professors must fill out a Reserve Request Form (also available at the Circulation Desk) to place items on reserve.

For a complete description of library policies and information, view the Library Handbook.


Borrowing Policies

  • Current STU students, faculty, and staff, as well as alumni and SEFLIN card-holders may borrow materials at the University Library.
  • A valid STU id card is required to borrow library materials from the University Library. Members from other institutions must present a valid SEFLIN card (issued by a participating library) and a photo id.
  • There is no limit on the number of items that STU members may check out.
  • There is no limit to the number of times an item may be renewed, unless it has been recalled by another user.
  • Library users are responsible for returning or renewing items before the due date to avoid incurring library fees.
  • Library users may not borrow items for another patron or lend their id card to another borrower.
  • If a recall is placed on an item that you have borrowed, you will receive an email requesting the return of the item.

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Loan Periods

Loan Periods for Library Materials

Category of Patrons



DVD/Popular Movies

Undergraduate Students

30 days

Library Use Only *

7 days

Graduate/Law Students

90 days

Ed.D./Ph.D Students

1 term

Faculty & Administration

1 term

7 days


60 days

Library Use Only *

Alumni/Special Borrowers

30 days

* Note: TV/VCRs and headphones are provided for viewing.


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Course Reserves

Book, articles, videos, and other material may be placed on reserve by faculty members for courses offered at the University. Professors must fill out a Reserve Request Form (available at the Circulation Desk) to place items on reserve.

Reserves are available at the Circulation Desk. All materials on reserve are accessible for a period of 2 hours and are available for in-library use only. Reserves that are not returned within the 2-hour loan period will accrue fines at the rate of $0.25 per hour overdue.

Students can search for Course Reserves online by visiting the library catalog’s course reserves search page and searching for their professor’s name, the course title, or the course number.

Click -> and select Search -> Course Reserves from the main menu.

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Books and other materials should be returned to the Circulation Desk, located at the library entrance. If you wish to return materials by mail, the address is:


 St. Thomas University Library
 Attn: Access Services Department/ Circulation Desk
 16401 NW 37th Avenue
 Miami Gardens, Florida 33054



You may renew library materials in person at the Circulation Desk, by telephone (305) 628-6667, or by email

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Overdue Fines & Lost Materials


Overdue Fines

All library users are held responsible for payment of library fines. Non-receipt of overdue notices does not exempt the borrower from overdue fines. Library patrons must pay overdue fines, even if the item(s) are returned.

Overdue fine for students, alumni, and special borrowers:

Books accrue a fine of $.25 a day per item to a maximum of $5.00 per book.
DVDs/Popular Movies accrue a fine of $1.00 a day per item to a maximum of $7.00 per movie.


Lost Book and other items

If books or other library materials are not returned, the item(s) will be billed to the borrower as lost. Lost items are billed for the cost of the book or film, and an additional processing fee of $15.00.The average replacement cost for an academic book can be up to $100.00.An excessive library fine amount can affect patron borrowing privileges and withhold student’s transcripts.


Paying Overdue and Lost Item Notifications

If you have received an e-mail notification for an overdue fine, lost book or any other library item, you may pay by cash or check at the circulation Desk. You may also send a check (please, do not send cash) to the following address:

St. Thomas University Library
Attn: Access Services Department/ Circulation Desk
16401 NW 37th Avenue
Miami Gardens, Florida 33054


For more Contact Information, see below.

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Recalls/Hold Request

A recall may be placed on materials that are currently checked out. A recall request automatically shortens the current borrower's loan period to two weeks (from the date of the request). Library patrons may place a recall/hold request at the Circulation Desk. Any book that is checked out by any user can be recalled.

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Access Policies


Children in the Library

To maintain an environment of learning, and for safety concerns, children are permitted in the library only if accompanied by a responsible, supervising adult. Children should not be logged into University computers, and those causing a distraction may be required to leave. To learn more about the library children's policy, please refer to the Library Handbook


Study Room Reservations

The University Library provides access to quiet study. Three study rooms are available for group study. Rooms 1 and 2 may be reserved for group study (2 or more people) for a period of 2 hours. Visit the Circulation Desk to request a room.

Study room 3 is openly available for study or leisure, and does not require a reservation.

A variety of media viewing equipment (3d TV, Blu-ray player, PS4, and X-box) is available in study rooms 1 and 3.


Study Room Policy

Study Rooms can be reserved at the Circulation Desk on a first come, first served basis for 2 hours. In order to reserve a room, your whole group must be present. Due to high demand, study rooms may not be reserved in advance. If the study rooms are full, you can visit the desk to reserve the room 10 minutes before the room is due to become available. Students may not renew a reservation if other students are waiting to reserve a room.

Study rooms are for use of STU members only. Priority will be given to undergraduate and graduate students.

Faculty may reserve a study room in advance for class use.

No food is allowed inside the study rooms. No exceptions!




Gretel La Guardia
Manager Access Services
Telephone: (305) 628-6667
Fax: (305) 628-6666


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