Buffalo State faculty, staff, and students may borrow books, media, and reserve materials at the Circulation Desk by using a valid Bengal Card. Anyone not affiliated with Buffalo State should check our For Alumni and Visitors page. Patrons who check out library materials become responsible for those materials until they are officially checked in again.
If you can't find an item in Butler Library, it may be possible to get the item from another library. View our Borrow From Another Library page for more details.
Stop at the Circulation Services Desk in the lower lobby or call (716) 878-6303 if you have questions about borrowing and renewing materials, loan periods, class reserves, overdue fines, lost books, holds, searches, recalls, or lost and found items.
Buffalo State faculty, staff, and students may borrow books, reserve materials, and media items at the Circulation Desk upon presentation of a valid Bengal ID Card. Anyone not affiliated with Buffalo State should check For Alumni and Visitors. Patrons who check out library materials become responsible for those materials until they are officially checked in again.
|Borrower Type||Loan Period||Renewals|
|Faculty & Staff||100 days||2|
|Friends of the Library||28 days||2|
|Item Type||Loan Period||Renewals|
|Course Reserves||Varies, usually 2 or 4 hours||No|
|DVD & CD||7 or 14 days||Varies|
|Equipment Loan||7 days||No|
|In-Library Use Laptops||2 hours||2 hours|
|Interlibrary Loan||Set by lending library, usually 28 days||Renew via ILLiad, subject to lending library's approval|
Patrons assume the responsibility of keeping track of due dates and returning materials on time. As a courtesy, patrons will be notified after an item becomes overdue.
|Books||$0.50 per day to a maximum of $15.00|
|Media||$0.50 per day to a maximum of $15.00|
|Equipment Loan||$5.00 per day|
|Recalled Items||$2.00 per day|
|Reserves: 2 hours or overnight||$0.50 per hour|
|Reserves: 3 or 7 days||$2.00 per day|
Buffalo State students, faculty, and staff are responsible for all materials checked out on their Butler Library account. If an item is lost or damaged, the library should be contacted immediately. An item not returned within 25 days of its due date will be considered lost.
If a book or media item is lost, or damaged beyond repair according to library standards, the borrower will be charged as follows:
Any accumulated fines if the item is overdue.
NOTE: This policy does not apply to materials borrowed from other libraries through ILLiad, interlibrary loan. If interlibrary loan materials are lost or damaged, Butler Library honors the policy set by the lending library and will pass on those charges to the borrower.
Patrons are responsible for notifying the library of any change of address or phone number. Address information is not received directly from the Registrar's Office. Failure to notify the library may result in problems when trying to contact patrons regarding holds, overdues, and fines. Failure to receive mail is not grounds for reduction or cancellation of fines.
Library privileges are suspended whenever fines of $10.00 or more have accumulated, or when a bill of replacement has been sent. Privileges will be restored when all fines have been paid.
Patrons who cannot locate library materials that should normally be on the shelves may request a search for such items at the Circulation Desk. These materials may be on book trucks in transit to the stacks, misplaced, or lost. Please allow approximately two to three days for search results.
If a patron wishes to obtain an item that is checked out, a request to put a hold on that item may be made at the Circulation Desk. A notice will then be sent to the person who has checked out the item, asking them to return it. Once the item is returned, it will be held for ten days for the new borrower.
Books can be renewed online, at the Circulation Desk, or by telephone (878-6303). To renew books online, click on My Account from the library catalog and login with your Buffalo State username and password.
Renewals are usually not granted for overdue books so be sure to request your renewal a few days before the book is due.
Library materials from the general circulating collection and reserve materials must be returned to the Circulation Desk. Media items must be returned to the Media Services room.
Reserve materials are items such as library books, personal books, videos, copies of journal articles, book chapters, and examinations that faculty would like kept separated from the general library collection and assigned shorter loan periods to assure greater availability to students.
Students who wish to borrow reserve materials can search Course Reserves, make a printout of the needed items, and take it to the Circulation Desk. No more than three reserve items may be checked out at one time. Reserve material may not be renewed.
Faculty will find information about placing materials on reserve for class use in Butler Library's reserve guidelines.
Students who are enrolled in a distance learning course at Buffalo State who do not reside on campus and who do not attend any other classes on the Buffalo State campus are eligible for distance learning library circulation services, including a Buffalo State photo-exempt ID card. You will need to provide your full name, address, phone number, and Social Security Number.
Butler Library will mail books owned by the library directly to distance learners, with return mailers for your convenience. Please note that we cannot mail items to a post office box. Interlibrary Loan services are also available to distance learners for items not owned by Butler Library. Distance learners accept responsibility for the care and protection of library materials and are subject to standard fees and fines for lost, damaged, and overdue materials.