See Borrowing Periods for circulating books, journals, and audiovisual materials.
Books are due on the date stamped on the date due slip in the front of the book even if the library is closed. You can return books at the book drop on Hardy Road or in the front of Mitchell Memorial Library at the Drill Field entrance; they will be checked in the following day.
There is a grace period after a book is due, during which no fines are charged and the book may be renewed. If the book is not returned or renewed within the grace period, we assess a $10-per-item fine.
Depending on your classification and home library, you may be able to check out periodicals, reference materials, and government documents.
It is your responsibility to return books on time. Each book is stamped with a due date, and overdue notices are sent only as a courtesy to you. For each book not returned by the end of your grace period, a $10 fine is assessed. This fine is not waived for MSU Libraries student assistants.
We accept cash, checks, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and MoneyMate for payment. Overdue fines not paid within two weeks will be transferred to your consolidated billing account and may be paid at the Office of the Controller and Treasurer or through myState.
If you are borrowing from MSU Libraries as a patron of MUW, MSMS, EMCC, or SHS libraries, your account will be blocked for fines of at least $10, and your library will be notified if you should be placed on hold for extreme overdue material or non-payment of fines. All patrons of Mississippi Library Partnership libraries are subject to all other policies governing the charging of circulating materials.
Place a hold on a book and we'll retrieve or request it for you, then hold it at the library of your choice.
You can also return books by mail:
Mitchell Memorial Library
Attn: Access Services Department
PO Box 5408
Mississippi State, MS 39762
You are responsible for return postage and any overdue fines. Fines are based on the date books arrive at Mitchell Memorial Library; avoid fines by renewing books prior to returning them. You are responsible for any damage or loss, including those occurring during shipment.
You will be charged the book's current market price, plus a $10-per-book processing fee and any assessed fines. If you notify us that the book is lost before it is 28 days overdue, no fine will be charged, but the price of the book plus the $10 processing fee will still be due.
If the book is found after you have paid for it, you may be reimbursed for the price of the book, but not for the fees and fines. The money will be refunded on your consolidated billing account and a refund check will be printed at the Office of the Controller and Treasurer.
If we charge you for material that you believe has been returned, contact us as soon as you notice the error. We will print your record and begin a series of searches for the material. If we find it in the library and it has been sensitized (indicating that our staff received it and checked it in improperly), we will drop all fines and contact you with an apology. If we find it and it has not been sensitized, the fines will not be waived. If after 60 days or 10 searches we have not found the book, you will be responsible for the price of the book and the reordering fee of $10.
An Access Services staff member or student assistant will come with you to help you find the material. If the two of you can't find it, you'll be offered a Book Request card to fill out. We will search for the missing item for 90 days. If after 10 days you have not heard from us, you can try other means of getting the material, including Interlibrary Loan.
If the book is found within the 90-day period, we'll let you know we found it and hold it for you for seven days. If it is still missing after the 90-day period, we'll withdraw it from our collection.
Borrowing privileges will be suspended for anyone who fails to comply with policies for return, renewal, or recall of materials, or payment of fees due.