CSU+ Borrowing Policies


These policies apply to CSU San Marcos University Library patrons.


Who can request through the CSU+

CSU+ is available only to the following CSU San Marcos patrons that have a campus ID, current validation, and are in good standing with the library.

Eligible Patrons include CSU San Marcos:

  • Faculty
  • Teaching Assistants
  • Staff
  • Students
  • Registered Distance Education Students

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Material type, loan periods, & restrictions

CSU+ material types include books and media.

The loan period for CSU+ material is 60 days.

Materials borrowed through CSU+ cannot be placed on Reserve.

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There are no renewals allowed.

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The owning library reserves the right to recall CSU+ materials at any time. Recalled materials must be returned to the Library Circulation Desk immediately.

We cannot typically recall a CSUSM item that is checked out through CSU+. We encourage you to order the material through Resource Sharing (CSU+, Circuit, or ILL).

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Overdue & Lost Material

CSU+ materials must be deposited in one of our book drops or returned to the Library Circulation Desk on or before the due date.

There are no overdue fees on CSU+ material.

Overdue CSU+ materials are billed 14 days after the due date. The replacement cost for all CSU+ materials is $90.00 plus a $15.00 billing fee.

If a patron believes they have already returned a billed CSU+ book or media item, they can file a “Claims Returned” at the Circulation desk.

If found, the material is permanently cleared off the patron’s record. If not found, the “Claims Returned” material must be paid for by the patron.

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Damaged material

CSU+ materials must be returned in the same condition as they were received. A patron should report damage upon receiving the material at the checkout desk and it will be noted on the book strap and/or paging slip.

Materials returned with damage are assessed by Circulation where repair costs are estimated. The patron returning the damaged material will be billed for the repairs.

Materials with excessive damage must be replaced. The replacement cost for damaged material is listed above in the Overdue & Lost Material section.

Examples of damage include but are not limited to the following:

  • Any lead, ink, or highlighter markings
  • Stains of any kind
  • Pet chewed covers or spines
  • Torn or cut pages
  • Folded page corners
  • Water damage– includes damage caused by any fluid
  • Use of post-it notes*

*Although Post-It notes can be easily removed from pages, they leave a chemical residue behind that can cause long term damage to the books. It is recommended that you use index cards or strips of paper for page markers and/or note taking.