These policies are currently under revision and will be updated. 

Loan Periods

Students and guests

The following book collections circulate for 21 days and may be renewed for 21 days by calling the Circulation Desk at (517) 264-7150.

SHU Faculty and Staff

The Library’s book collection circulates to faculty and staff for a period of a full semester. At the conclusion of the semester, book materials may be renewed for another semester by calling the Circulation Desk at (517) 264-7150. Please have your Student Number available.


Collections which circulate for 21 days are:

  • Browse
  • Curriculum
  • General
  • Oversize
  • Special

Collections which circulate for one week are:

  • AV Collection
  • DVD Collection
  • Vertical File

Collection which do not circulate and must be used in the Library are:

  • Periodicals
  • Microforms
  • Reference
  • Archives
  • Permanent Reserve
  • Reserve Book Room

Overdue Items & Fines

Siena Heights University entrusts in students the use of Library materials. Along with this trust is the expectation that materials will be returned on time.

Lost or Damaged Materials

Patrons are expected to pay for lost or damaged materials in a timely manner. A replacement fee of $20 per item is charged in addition to the actual replacement cost of the material. The Siena Heights University Library reserves the right to replace lost or damaged materials with a suitable subject replacement if the original lost or damaged material is no longer available or a better item is available. Siena Heights University faculty and staff are responsible for any charges associated with lost or damaged materials.

Collection Development Policy

Please click the link to view the SHU collection development policy. Approved Fall 2016.

Collection Development Policy

Printing Services

Copy/Print Machines– Siena faculty, staff, students and community may use the copy/print machines available in the library. Currently there is no charge for printing or copying. However, you will need to log-in using your shu login information.

There are two copiers in the library. The copy/printers are in the main floor of the library by the computers.

Book Drops

For the convenience of our patrons, book drops are located outside Library and in the east hallway of Archangelus Hall. Book drops are emptied on a daily basis. Please do not return AV materials or interlibrary loan materials via the book drops.

Holds and Recalls

Patrons may request that a hold be placed on materials which are in circulation. Please ask for assistance at the Circulation Desk. Patrons receiving recall notices are expected to return those items recalled promptly.

Interlibrary Loan

Books and materials not found in the collection of the Siena Heights University Library can usually be obtained through interlibrary loan. Interlibrary loan services are available to all registered SHU students, faculty and staff. The service is at no cost to the patrons. If there is a charge to borrow material from another library, the Public Services Librarian will contact you before the loan is initiated. Request forms are available at the Reference Desk in the Library or online. For more information or to place a request, please contact the Public Services/Reference Librarian by calling (517) 264-7155, by coming into the Library or e-mail. Please allow 1-3 weeks for processing. When item(s) are in you will be contacted and item(s) may be picked up at the Circulation Desk. Returning of item(s) should be left at the Circulation Desk.

Reserve Services

Book Reserve

Each semester item(s) may be placed on reserve at the request of a course instructor to ensure that each student will have access to assigned or recommended reading(s) or item(s). The item(s) may be used in several different ways

  • In Library Only
  • One Day
  • Overnight
  • Three Days
  • One Week Reserve
  • Two Week Reserve

The Reserve Collection is located at the Circulation Desk. The reserved materials are grouped by the professor’s last name and by course number. All items must be requested and checked out from the Circulation Desk. All Reserve materials must be returned to the Circulation Desk when you are finished using the item(s).

Meeting Rooms

The library has rooms available for meetings and classes. The conference room is located in the upper level of the library on the east side of the building. This room can seat approximately 15 people. The Curriculum Room can seat 25 people. This room has a Smart Board available for use as well. Reservation priority is given to Siena classes. All reservations must go through the Event Calendar for scheduling.

Low Tech Seminar Room

There is a group of tables in the stacks on the main floor that have been set up for seminar format instruction. This space is open to other patrons while class is in session. The only technology in this area is a portable flip chart.
To schedule time in any of these rooms please call Peggy Hlavka at (517) 264-7153.