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Policies

These policies are intended to support an atmosphere conducive to study and research. Policies protect library users, the collection, and the facility and are aligned with the mission of Indiana Tech. New or updated policies are at the discretion of the library director.

Conduct Policy in the Library

The following Conduct Policy in the Library aims to ensure a library environment that fully supports the mission of McMillen Library and the Indiana Institute of Technology. McMillen Library users are entitled to a clean and safe environment that is conducive to learning, socializing, and the free exchange of information, as well as access to library resources and courteous assistance from library staff.

In return patrons are obligated to abide by the following policies:

Library users are expected to comply with all local, state, and federal laws as well as the Indiana Institute of Technology “Student Conduct Policy”. Please be aware that surveillance cameras record entry to both floors of the library and the spaces within the library.

Borrowing Privileges

  • All users must possess and display a current Indiana Tech ID card to borrow materials. Users are responsible for all items checked out with their Indiana Tech ID card.
  • Currently enrolled students, as well as currently employed faculty and staff, may register for a statewide Academic Libraries of Indiana Reciprocal Borrowing Card. Please inquire about this service at the McMillen Library.
  • Community users including alumni and those enrolled in Indiana Tech-affiliated programs will need to contact the library director for special borrowing privileges.

Online Resources

  • Online databases, electronic books, and other digital information are provided to assist library users in their legitimate pursuits of education and research.
  • Only students, faculty, and staff of Indiana Tech have access to subscription databases and electronic books. Our licenses and contractual agreements with vendors prohibit the use to all others including alumni and community users/visitors.
  • If you are off-campus, please log into “letmein.indianatech.edu” portal first, in order to properly authenticate your credentials for the library subscribed databases. Use your Indiana Tech username (your email address) and password to login.

Access to McMillen Library

Physical Access

Any currently enrolled student at Indiana Tech is eligible for a Student ID card, which can be obtained from the Security Office in Andorfer Commons. Online students must complete the CPS Student ID Request Form. If on the Fort Wayne Campus: stop by the security office with your driver’s license to be issued an ID. The University-issued ID card allows the student access to the physical McMillen Library, library computers, and printers.

Remote Access

All currently enrolled students are issued a campus username and password. This is the same login a student uses to access all university resources. The username and password will also grant students access to McMillen Library’s online databases and eBooks.

Circulation/Use of Materials/Fees & Fines

McMillen Library Physical Resources Collection
  • Includes physical books from 
  • Stacks, Leisure, Mental Health, Career, Oversize collections (3-week checkout) 
  • Audio Visual Collection (1-week checkout) 
  • Physical journals and reference books do not circulate.
     
  • Late Fees/Replacement Item Fines 
  • A $5 fee (nonrefundable) will be charged to your account once items are more than 14 days overdue. Borrowing privileges are suspended. 
  • After the item is 4 weeks overdue, the item will be considered lost, and a replacement fee will be added to your student account. Replacement fees are determined by a combination of publishing industry averages, specific cost determination, and include shipping and handling. 
  • Any item that is returned with damage (including but not limited to: water/smoke damage, broken, torn, or in a condition not loanable to another student), will be assessed a replacement fee, and borrowing privileges will be suspended.   
  • Borrowing privileges will be restored once all fees/fines have been paid through the Student Financial Services Office. 
Library of Things Collection
  • 1-Day Checkout Items: 
  • After the item is 3 days overdue, the item will be considered lost, and a $20 (non-refundable) fee will be applied to your university account. Borrowing privileges are suspended. 
  • Any item that is returned with damage (including but not limited to: water/smoke damage, broken, torn or in a condition not loanable to another student), will be assessed the $20 replacement fee and borrowing privileges will be suspended.   
  • Borrowing privileges will be restored once all fees/fines have been paid through the Student Financial Services Office.
     
  • Same Day Due Date Checkout 
  • Items that are due the same day as being checked out must be returned before the first-floor circulation desk closes for the evening.  
  • Items that are due the same day as being checkout are for in-library use only. If an item leaves the library, you will be subject to the item’s replacement fee. 
  • If an item is not returned before this time, the item will be considered lost, and a $20 (non-refundable) fee will be applied to your university account. Borrowing privileges are suspended. 
  • Any item that is returned with damage (including but not limited to: water/smoke damage, broken, torn or in a condition not loanable to another student), will be assessed the $20 replacement fee and borrowing privileges will be suspended.   
  • Borrowing privileges will be restored once all fees/fines have been paid through the Student Financial Services Office. 
Interlibrary Loan Items
  • All due dates and renewal policies for materials borrowed through Interlibrary Loan services are set by the lending institution. McMillen Library does not know what these terms are until the lending library agrees to send us the item. 
  • Failure to return items borrowed through Interlibrary Loan services by the due date could result in a loss of privileges for all McMillen patrons, as when we borrow material through Interlibrary Loan, we do so in the name of the university, not in an individual user’s name.  
  • Delinquent returns damage Indiana Tech’s reputations in the university community and put the ability to borrow materials at risk for all McMillen Library users, and the late fee/replacement item fines are in place to preserve our relationship with the lending library.
     
  • Late Fee/Replacement Item Fines 
  • There is no grace period for late items borrowed through Interlibrary Loan Services.  
  • Once an item becomes overdue, a replacement fee (amount determined by the lending library), plus a $50 processing fee (both non-refundable) will be added to your Indiana Tech account and borrowing privileges at the McMillen Library will be suspended. 
  • Any item that is returned with damage (including but not limited to: water/smoke damage, broken, torn or in a condition unsatisfactory to the lending institution), will be assessed the replacement fee (amount determined by the lending library), plus a $50 processing fee (both non-refundable) and borrowing privileges will be suspended.   
  • Borrowing privileges will be restored once all fines/fees have been paid through the Student Financial Services Office.