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Northwest Missouri State University

Library Services

Circulation Process

Patrons checking a book out of Owens Library must bring the book and their valid ID to the Library Services Desk on first floor.

Due dates: The patron is responsible for knowing the date on which the materials are due and for getting them back to the library on or before that date.

To ensure accurate check-ins, ALL materials that are checked out from the Library Services Desk must be returned to the indoor bookdrop at the Library Services Desk when the library is open or the bookdrop outside by the front doors if the library is closed.

(Patrons who use materials in the library without checking them out should place them on any of the wooden book carts placed in various locations on all the floors for their convenience.)

Book check-in procedures:

All books are checked in the same day they are received; there is nothing left in the bookdrops when we close the building at night.

Library Claims: Claims for items returned or billed can be made at the Library Services Desk. We will send you the results of your claim within 5 working days (Monday-Friday) of receipt of the appeal form. If at that time you wish to make a further appeal, you may make an appointment with Kathy Howell by calling her at (660) 562-1195 or sending an e-mail at

Borrowing RESERVE materials:

Renewal Guidelines

Accessing the library building:

Minors in the library

  1. B.D. Owens Library’s primary users are Northwest students, faculty, and staff who have priority usage of Library resources.
  1. Minors between the ages of 14-17 without a valid Northwest Missouri State University Identification card must submit a signed Parental Permission Consent Form, which outlines general behavioral expectations and internet access guidelines. Forms are available from and should be returned to the Library Services Desk. The form must be signed by the parent and the child and be on file in the Library before access to computers will be permitted.
  1. Minors under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times.
  1. Disrupting the living/learning environment or misusing property (including electronic resources) will not be tolerated, will be reported immediately to University Police, and may result in the guest being banned from the Library.
  1. Those using the Library’s public access computers are additionally expected to comply with all laws, Northwest Missouri State University computing policies, and any policies specific to a resource.
    1. Acceptable usage of the Northwest computing network and other Northwest computing policies are outlined at:
    2. Appropriate Use of Licensed Electronic Resources Policy can be found here:
    3. Viewing of pornographic material in a public lab is a state offense according to Missouri Statute §573.060 and will be reported to the University Police.
Guests may be asked to show proof of age upon request by Northwest Missouri State University personnel. If proof cannot be presented at the time of the request, the guest will be asked to leave the facility until s/he can present proof of age.

Gifts to B.D. Owens Library

Gifts to B.D. Owens Library are accepted at the Library Services Desk. All materials donated to B.D. Owens Library become state property. Items not added to the library collection may be sold or disposed of at the Library’s discretion.

What We Accept
In addition to books, we accept donations of media and assorted printed material, including:

We do not accept:

How to donate
Please bring donations to the Library Services Desk in B.D. Owens Library during open hours. Donations may be made anytime the library is open. With each donation, a short donation form will be completed. Donors will receive an account of the items donated, it is responsibility of the individual donor to assign value for tax purposes.
Please contact the library at 660.562.1193 before dropping off several (more than 2) copies of the same book.

What happens to my books when I donate them?
Library staff determines what to do with the donated items. Please donate with the understanding the following options may occur. If any of the options are unsatisfactory, please do not donate the item.

  1. Library Collection -- If an item is in good condition and meets the Library’s selection policy, it may be added to the collection. There are a few reasons why an item may not be added. For example, the library may already own it, or the content or condition may not meet selection guidelines. Many donated books replace well worn copies.  
  2. Recycle/Waste -- Items which are in poor condition, such as wet, or mildewed, or having torn pages, may be discarded. Outdated material, such as an outdated almanac, may also be discarded.
  3. Other Organizations -- When stock is plentiful, the library donates to Better World Books.


Adapted with permission from:
Rochester Public Library:
San Francisco Public Library: