Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library

Hours: The circulation desk is ALWAYS staffed during library hours.
Phone: (507)933-7557
Circulation Manager: Jay Nordstrom

Check-Out Procedures

Gustavus students and employees: All materials should be brought to the Circulation Desk to be checked out. A valid GAC ID is required.

Reciprocal borrowing: Gustavus has reciprocol borrowing with several Minnesota colleges/universities, including Minnesota State University-Mankato, South Central Technical College, and Bethany Lutheran College.

Courtesy cards: If you are not affiliated with Gustavus or one of our reciprocal libraries, we may be able to provide you with a courtesy card. Contact the Circulation Desk (933-7558) for more information.

Loan Periods

Loan Periods For Print Materials (books, vertical file, and government documents) checked out by:

  • Students, staff, courtesy, alumni: 6 weeks
  • Public Library borrowers: 4 weeks
  • Faculty/Administrators: due May 31 of current academic year
  • Browsing Coll: 30 days for all patrons

Loan Periods For Media Materials checked out by:

  • Faculty, Staff, Local teachers: 14 days
  • Students: 3 days
  • Courtesy, Local: 3 days

We are now circulating our periodicals collection!

  • Faculty, Staff, Students: 7 days

See Audiovisual for DVD and VHS loan periods


Items on which no holds have been placed may be renewed. The renewal period is the same length as the original loan period. An item may be renewed only once.

Renewals can be made by the patron on MnPALS Plus, in the library or by remote access. Telephone renewals are accepted.

Overdue Materials and Fines

Print materials (books (excluding the Browsing Collection), scores, government documents) can be renewed within 28 days of the due date without incurring any fines. After an item is overdue for 29 days, fines are assessed. A minimal per-item replacement cost of $55.00 will be charged. The replacement cost will be refunded if the item is returned within one semester of the due date.

Browsing Collection materials, when overdue, are fined at the rate of 25 cents per day.

Audio/Visual materials have a 4-hour overdue grace period. A fine of $1.00 per hour is assessed thereafter until the material is returned.

  • Failure to respond to Overdue Notices may result in a patron block and the loss of library privileges.


Place a hold to put your name on a waiting list (a hold queue) for an item that is currently checked out. You may place holds via MnPALS Plus or at the Circulation Services Desk (933-7557).

The patron who currently has the item will receive notification that it has been recalled, and a new, shorter, recall due date will be assigned.

When the item is returned, the patron who has placed the hold request is notified that the item will be held at one of the following locations:

  • Main Library items (excluding Audio Visual): Main Circulation Desk (held for 7 days)
  • Audio Visual items: Audio Visual Desk (held for 2 days)>
  • Holds are not allowed on some library material, such as Course Reserve items.


If you cannot find an item whose status is "On Shelf", please notify the Circulation Services staff. An in-house search for the item will be conducted and you will be notified of the results.

Patron Responsibilities

Library patrons are responsible for all materials checked out with their ID cards. Patrons are expected to periodically check their individual records online to determine the status of charges, overdues, ILL requests, etc.

Patrons are responsible for notifying the library immediately if their cards are lost or stolen, or if there is any change in address or status.

Send comments/questions to: Jay Nordstrom (
Revised: September 2014