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COVID-19 FAQs

Given the updated recommendations of global health agencies and the actions of local government officials, we have chosen to close the physical Connelly Library until further notice.  In accordance with the policies of the University, we are choosing the path that prioritizes the safety and wellness of the La Salle community and our many campus guests.

  • La Salle Librarians are available to assist the La Salle Commuity via Online Chat.

  • Interlibrary Loan will still provide electronic resources.  But, requests for physical books will be returned unfilled.

  • All due dates have been moved forward to August 28, 2020 and fines are waived.

    • If you live in the area and would like to return your books, you can place them in the book drop near the Connelly Library entrance.

    • If you live further away, you can return your books when you return to campus. 

    • If you have received an overdue notice, please ignore it.  You will not be fined.

    • If you are a senior and/or you will not be returning to campus, please contact

Entrance Policy

Use of the Connelly Library is primarily to meet the research and information needs of the students, faculty and staff of the University. They will have priority in the use of all services, resources, and facilities. The library's unique collections and resources are also open to visiting scholars or researchers not directly affiliated with the University.

Students, Faculty, and Staff

All Patrons are required to have a face covering:

Face coverings must be worn even while practicing physical distancing. Face coverings are not intended as a substitute for physical distancing.

Your La Salle University ID card is needed to open the turnstile gates.

If a La Salle University affiliate does not have their La Salle University ID card in their possession, they must stop at the Public Services Desk and sign-in. (Signing-in includes providing your name, La Salle University ID number, and your on-campus or local address.)

  • If a La Salle faculty, staff, or student does not have a valid La Salle University ID card, they may obtain one at the University’s Gold Card Office (located in the basement of the Lawrence Administration Building).
  • If a La Salle adjunct faculty member is not teaching this current semester, but will be teaching in the future, a staff member with access to the Argos System must look them up and determine if they should have access.
  • After three visits to the library without an ID card, a student can be denied access.

Alumni

To access the library, alumni must provide photo ID to the Public Services Desk.  All visitors are required to complete sign in sheet.

  • Alumni may use the Library’s computers, but they may be asked to give priority use to current La Salle students. Database access is restricted to on-campus use. Printing services are not available to alumni.
  • Alumni are not entitled to use interlibrary loan services.

Area Residents

Only those residents that reside in zip codes 19138, 19141, and 19144 are eligible to register for Connelly Library usage privileges. Guests must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • To access the library, an area resident must provide photo ID to the security officer at the desk. Or, a combination of documents which includes a photo ID and a supporting document that has the person’s name and address with one of the zip codes noted (19138, 19141, or 19144).
  • AREA RESIDENTS MAY NOT USE LIBRARY COMPUTERS 
  • Area residents are not entitled to use interlibrary loan services.

High School Students

Juniors, seniors, and faculty from Central High School, La Salle College High School, and Philadelphia High School for Girls are eligible to use the Library. Students must present ID to the Public Services Desk and sign in.

PALCI On-site Borrowers

La Salle participates in PALCI’s Reciprocal On-Site Borrowing Program. Students, faculty, and staff from PALCI institutions are eligible to use the Library and to borrow materials from the circulating collection. PDFs of the Program Procedures and Authorization Form are linked below.

Visiting Researchers and Other Guests

  • Visiting scholars and other researchers who require multi-day use of the Library, must apply for privileges by filling out the Guest Library Card Application (PDF linked below) prior to their visit. Registered courtesy borrowers must show their library-issued borrower's card and a valid photo ID to enter the Library. All guests are asked to sign in at the Public Services Desk.
  • Guests accompanied by current La Salle ID holders may be admitted to the library after presenting a government-issued photo ID at the Public Services Desk. All guests will be required to sign in. The La Salle ID holder will take full responsibility for his or her guest(s).
  • We welcome prospective La Salle students and their families to visit the Connelly Library at any time.

*** Children under the age of 15 are not permitted entrance to the building unless accompanied by an adult. Children under 15 years of age but participating in the neighborhood tutoring program must be accompanied by an adult for admittance and the entire distance to the Library’s Lower Level.***

Computer Use Policy

Who can use the Computers and Printers in the library?

  • Current La Salle Students
  • Faculty
  • Staff

Alumni?

  • Alumni may use the Library’s computers, but they must ask a library staff member to log them on.
  • They may be asked to give priority use to current La Salle students.
  • Due to licensing restrictions, database access is restricted to on-campus use.
  • Printing services are not available.

Area residents and other non-La Salle guests?

  • Are not permitted to use the Library’s computers
  • They can access La Salle Guest Wireless from their own device

The Connelly Library’s use policy for computer workstations is governed by La Salle University’s “Acceptable Use Policy” for computer access. Any violation of this policy will be reported to the University’s IT Department and may result in the revocation of computer access privileges.

Room Use Policy

  • The Library currently has 19 group study rooms available for students, faculty, and staff. Study rooms can accommodate up to two people.  There are 6 single occupant study pods, one seminar room accodates 4 people. Rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  The Multi Purpose Room on the Lower Level can accommodate up to ten people, reservations may be made in advance through the Public Services Manager.
  • Classroom 111, Conference Room must be reserved in advance through the Public Services Manager. 
  • Reservations can be made (same day) for the 4 group study rooms with tech (max occupancy 3)
  • Single users may be asked to yield use of the room to a group.
  • Study rooms should not be left unattended, and the Library assumes no liability for personal belongings. 

Overdue Fines and Fees

Fee Schedule

  • Material from the Circulating Collection: Assessed at $.10/day, or $.50/day if the book has been recalled by another patron.
  • Audiobooks: Assessed at $1.00/day. An audiobook that is more than 28 days overdue is considered excessively late and accrues a replacement charge of $100.00 and an additional processing fee of $15.00.
  • Videos: Assessed at $1.00/day. A video that is more than 28 days overdue is considered excessively late and accrues a replacement charge of $20.00 and an additional processing fee of $15.00.
  • Reserve Items: Assessed at $1/hour for two hour check-outs, and at $5/day for overnight items.

Excessive Lateness

  • A balance of $30 or more suspends your borrowing privileges. The balance must be brought below $30 to reinstate your account.
  • A book that is 28 days past due is considered excessively late and is inaccessible to other library users. Once a book is 28 days overdue you will be billed for the cost of the book, a $10 billing fee, and a processing fee. When you return a book that is 28 or more days overdue, the charge to cover the cost of the book is dropped. Regretfully, we must collect the $10 billing fee to cover expenses incurred in our attempt to recover and/or replace this severely overdue book. If a book is billed AND recalled, you are also responsible for all recall fines.