Access Services Policies

General Borrowing Provisions

Identification for NKU faculty, students, and staff is a valid NKU picture All-Card. Students who do not have a validated ID may show proof of current enrollment from the Registrar or Student Account Services (listing their name and Social Security Number) and a picture ID. Gateway Community College faculty, students and staff will provide the library with a Gateway ID card or a picture ID identifying that person.

Other categories of borrowers must show a valid ID from their institution. A picture ID such as a driver’s license will be required for verification if the library card or ID doesn’t contain a picture.

Items from the circulating collection may be borrowed for the time period designated by the patron category. Media Collection materials circulate for 14 days to qualified patrons.

Borrower Categories

Patron Group Lending Period
NKU/CHASE Undergraduates 3 Weeks
NKU/CHASE Graduate Students 6 Weeks
NKU/CHASE Alumni 3 Weeks
NKU/CHASE Faculty/Administrators end of semester
NKU/CHASE Emeritus Faculty end of semester
NKU/CHASE Visiting Faculty end of semester
NKU/CHASE Staff 30 days
NKU/CHASE Retired Staff 30 days
Gateway Students 21 days
Gateway Faculty end of semester
Gateway Staff 21 days
STEELY Friends of the Library 21 days

Borrowing privileges are NOT TRANSFERABLE and must be exercised personally. Patrons will be held responsible for any fines or fees assessed for overdue or unreturned items that have been charged out to them.


Most circulating items may be renewed for one additional loan period, as long as an item has not been requested by another patron. Renewal requests may be made in person, or by telephone.

Online Hold Request

Patrons may request that an item in Steely Library's circulating collection be held at the third floor Public Service Desk for pickup. With an item on the library catalog screen, click the "PLACE A HOLD" tab. Provide the information at the prompt. Patrons are notified when the item is available, either by email or phone. The item will remain on hold for one week.

Fines, Lost, and Damaged Items

Fines accrue at the rate of fifty cents per day, for every day the library is open. The maximum fine per item is $15.00.

Fines for Reserve materials are separate from the above policy. These fines accrue at the rate of 25 cents per hour for each hour the library is open up to a maximum of $25.00 per item. (This includes keys for Group Study Rooms.)

Overdue laptops accrue a $6.00 an hour fine. Damaged or lost laptops have a replacement cost of $1500.00

Borrowers in all categories are responsible for fees assessed for damaged or lost library materials. The standard replacement fee is $90.00 plus a $10.00 processing fee. Arrangements to pay in installments can be made at the discretion of the Circulation Supervisor on duty.

Steely Library's Usability Testing Program offers a voucher good for the repayment of $20.00 in library fines and fees. This voucher can be applied to the library account of your choice. For more information, and to sign up for a testing session, visit our Usability Testing webpage.

Return of Lost Items

If an item is lost and paid for, then subsequently found and returned, a refund request can be made. Only the replacement fee can be refunded. The $10.00 processing fee will be retained to offset the expenses for processing, etc.

Delinquent Borrowers


Before library materials are due, a Courtesy Notice is sent out as a reminder to return checked out materials. An Overdue Notice is sent out 7 days after checked out materials are due. Library notices are sent by email to library patrons with an active email address, all others receive notice via the US postal service. Patrons are billed for lost items when overdue materials are three months overdue.

Steely Library phone number:  859.572.5457