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Using Library Materials

If you have been approved for checkout privileges:

Items may be requested by clicking on the Request/Recall button in WATSONLINE or you may retrieve materials from the stacks. Items that are requested will be delivered by the next business day. You may check out books for use in the Museum only. The checkout period is one year (or until your ID expires). You are responsible for checked out library items, so please handle them with care. If another staff member recalls an item checked out to you, we will ask you to make it available. No item may leave the library without being checked out by Circulation staff. Please note that periodicals, auction catalogs and material from our Book Cage do not circulate.

If you have not been approved for checkout privileges:

Items may be requested by clicking the Request/Recall button in WATSONLINE. You will be notified by email when your items are available. You can hold items for one week (with the option to renew) on the open shelves in the Watson Library Reference Room.

If you have stacks privileges, you may retrieve materials yourself from the stacks and use them in the library.