Circulation Services

Circulation is located on the first floor near the entrance of the library. Circulation includes:

  • checking in/out (circulating) materials
  • receiving and processing course reserve materials
  • processing overdue and lost books
  • shelving books
  • registering patrons
  • Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

TexShare cards are also issued in this department.

Circulation FAQs

Who may borrow materials? Texas Southern University students, faculty and staff may borrow books from the circulating and reserve collections. 

What materials do not circulate? Journals, newspapers, media, theses and dissertations, reference materials, microforms, and Heartman Collection materials.

How long can materials be kept? Students may keep borrowed materials from the circulating collections for two weeks. Items may be renewed once for two additional weeks, unless they are requested by another patron. Near the end of each semester or summer term, shorter lending periods may be in effect. Faculty and staff may borrow materials for one month, with one renewal unless requested by another patron. Materials may be renewed in person or online by logging in to My Account. 

Where are Course Reserve materials?  Materials that are placed on reserve by professors are kept behind the Circulation desk. Reserve materials may be personal copies of instructors or titles owned by the library. Regardless, items may be checked out only for two hour intervals. 

How much are fines for overdue books? Circulating collection titles - $.25 per day per book. Reserve materials - $1.00 per hour (maximum $10.00 per day, per item). Lost materials are billed at replacement cost, plus a $20.00 processing fee. Fines are paid in the Bursar's Office in the Bell Building between the hours of 8:00 am -- 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday. The paid receipt must be brought in to the Circulation desk to remove the fines from the patron's record.

What is a TexShare card? TexShare (Texas Library Resource Sharing Program) is a network of academic, public, and health center libraries. Students, faculty and staff can be issued a TexShare card. This card allows the holder borrowing privileges at TexShare participating libraries within the State. Borrowers are responsible for returning all books to the lending library and are responsible for all fines incurred.

Who is eligible for a TexShare card? Students, faculty and staff who are in good standing with the Library are eligible to receive a TexShare card as part of the Library’s participation in the TexShare Resource Sharing Program. Applications are available at the Circulation desk.

Policies for TexShare Library Card Holders

Identification: A university identification card along with a TexShare card are required to borrow materials.

What materials circulate: Books from the circulating collection may be borrowed for a two week period with one renewal.

Number of books which can be borrowed: A total of four books can be checked out per borrower.
Renewals: Only in-person renewals are accepted. One renewal is allowed if there is not a hold or recall on the material.

Returns: Borrowers are responsible for returning materials by the due date. Borrowers are encouraged to return materials in person. If it is not possible, items should be returned by first class mail.

Mail to: Circulation Dept, Robert James Terry Library, Texas Southern University, 3100 Cleburne, Houston, Texas 77004.

Recalls: All items are subject to recall. If an item is recalled, the recall date replaces the original due date.

Non-circulating Materials: Reference materials, journals, special collection materials, government documents, media, microforms, theses and dissertations.

Bills: Charges for over-due materials - $1.00 per day, per book. Lost books incur the price of the book + $15.00 processing fee. Outstanding fines and other charges are payable upon receipt of invoice.