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Borrow & Renew

Borrowing Books and other materials Find books, etc. Check Out Renew Fines Request Items from PALS libraries Direct Borrowing from TALA Find Books, etc. Locate books and other materials using the library's online catalog. Items given a Salem location in the catalog are starred and highlighted in green. The catalog...

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Direct Borrowing from TALA


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The following are the loan periods for students. Please note that some items may have different loan periods (ex: various AV equipment).

IMPORTANT: It is the student's responsibility to note the library's operating hours.

Books - 30 days

Juvenile books - 14 days

CDs, DVDs, and VHS tapes - 7 days

Items on reserve - 3 hours

Headphones and most AV accessories - 3 hours


At time of checkout, a printed due date receipt is given - please note various due dates.



Borrowing Procedures

A PHOTO ID IS REQUIRED TO CHECK OUT LIBRARY MATERIALS. Current students must present their Salem IDs with barcodes; other library patrons may present a valid state issued ID card in conjunction with their Salem library borrowing cards. 

Items must be checked out before they are removed from the building. 

At time of checkout, a printed due date receipt is given - please note various due dates.


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You can renew NC-PALS (Salem, Bennett, Greensboro, and Guilford) books that are NOT overdue by using the "MY ACCOUNT" feature in the NCPALS online catalog.

My Account Link 

The barcode number on the back of your Salem ID is your UserID. Password is "changeme" (without the quotes - and until you change it). Books may be renewed as often as necessary unless they have been requested by another borrower.

Renewals are also accepted in person at the circulation desk or by emailing Anna Rainey at

Contact Elizabeth Novicki ( to request renewals for interlibrary loan materials.

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Fines of 5 cents per day begin the day after the due date.  An overdue notice is sent via Salem e-mail the day following the due date.

Email notices are sent as a courtesy. Borrowers are expected to return and renew books on time.


Lost books & other materials should be reported to the Library immediately. Borrowers who have lost library materials will be charged for the replacement cost and a non-negotiable $5.00 processing fee.

Materials not returned within 3 weeks after the due date are considered lost and the borrower will be billed for the replacement cost plus the $5.00 processing fee. At this point, the borrower's library and class registration privileges are suspended until the account is settled. Please contact Anna Rainey, Circulation Assistant, at for assistance.


The fine for overdue laptops is $1 per hour (or part thereof).

There is a $10 replacement fee for the Ethernet cord, $20 for the mouse, and $15 for the power cord.  Charges for replacing or repairing items not listed will be assessed on an individual basis.

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Request Items from NC-PALS Libraries

Salem students, staff, and faculty can order books from our NC-PALS Consortium partner libraries (Bennett, Greensboro, and Guilford Colleges) directly from Salem's online catalog.  Your requested items will be shipped to you at Gramley Library in approximately 5 business days, or as soon as the mail delivers them.  

Watch this VIDEO or follow these instructions...

1.        Open the library's online catalog ("Gramley Library Catalog")
2.        Click on the "ADD LIMITS" button
3.        Find the option to "Limit By Library"
4.        Drop down the selection menu and choose "All PALS Libraries"
5.        Search for the title / author / subject
6.        Pull up the record and select the "Place a Request" link above the title
7.        Your "UserID" = the barcode number on the back of your Salem ID
8.        Leave the "Alternate ID" field blank
9.        Your password = "changeme" (without quotation marks, of course)

You will be contacted by the circulation staff when your item(s) arrive.  Borrowing periods follow the same policies as with Salem's materials.  

PLEASE NOTE: requests cannot be placed through the catalog for items owned by your home libraries. For example, if the material you need is held in the collections of Gramley Library or the FAC Library *and* you are a Salem student, you will be expected to visit these libraries in person to obtain your materials. 

Questions about the request process? Our circulation staff (721-2649) will be glad to assist you.

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Direct Borrowing from TALA 

According to the agreement with the Triad Academic Library Association ("TALA"), current Salem College students, staff, and faculty may borrow circulating books directly from any of the following libraries:

More information about the TALA agreement is available here.

All will be asked to show a valid photo ID AND be prepared to confirm your status as a currently enrolled or employed Salem College community member. For example, a Salem student may be required to confirm enrollment by looking up her course schedule in SIS; Salem staff and faculty members may be asked to find their names in the Salem Directory (link is located on the Salem College's home page, next to "MySalem") and/or on a department's home page. 

Questions? Please call (336) 721-2649 for assistance.