Circulation Privileges for Non-Clemson Patrons

The Clemson University Libraries assigns its highest priority for service to the Clemson University student, both graduate and undergraduate, and the faculty and staff. However, since Clemson University serves as the land-grant university for the state of South Carolina, circulation privileges are extended to residents of the State as well as other approved patrons. These patrons are referred to as community patrons.

Community patrons meeting eligibility requirements (listed below) are provided with a free community borrowers card. Community patrons can charge a maximum of ten books with one renewal and are subject to fines and replacement costs for lost materials. The Clemson University Libraries reserves the right to refuse borrowing privileges to any courtesy patron delinquent in returning books and/or paying fines.

Clemson University special program participants are coordinated through the appropriate office, college, or department and are not expected to pay a fee. These participants will normally be given a identification card through the Tiger1 Office.

University policy requires that University IDs of any kind be non-transferrable and may be used only by the holder. The holder is responsible for any and all charges, and fines incurred through the use of the card.

The following is a list of eligible non-Clemson patrons:

  • South Carolina residents, 16 years or older
  • Family members, 12 years of age and older, of Clemson employees
  • Faculty/researchers and students from other SC colleges/universities
  • Clemson University Alumni
  • Corporate Clients

Each individual must supply appropriate identification and address information at the Circulation Desk. Family members must be accompanied by the employee to secure the card.

Contractual Arrangements with Other Institutions/Individuals

Circulation privileges may be negotiated between the Clemson University Libraries and other institutions such as colleges, universities, organizations, businesses and state or federal agencies or single individuals. The patrons covered under these contracts would be considered courtesy patrons with negotiated privileges and fees.

Date: November 5, 1981
Last Revision: August 23, 2018
Approved by Libraries Administrative Council: August 23, 2018