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Who May Borrow
Day students: With a valid ClipperCard
Continuing Education students: With a valid ClipperCard
Graduate students: With a valid ClipperCard
Faculty and Staff: With a valid ClipperCard
Faculty Emeritus: Must complete a Faculty Emeritus Form
Faculty Proxy: Faculty member must complete a Proxy Form
Alumni: Must be listed in Alumni Directory or verified by Alumni Affairs Office
Thesis students: Students not currently enrolled but working on a thesis must have a letter from advisor or department requesting privileges
Special Friend: As requested by administration
Library Specific: Summer Reading Programs (Reading Clinic)
Interlibrary Loan: As requested by ILL staff
Loan Periods
StudentFacultyPublic Patron
Typical Items3 weeks, 2 renewalsDue May 1 or December 1, 5 renewals3 weeks, 1 renewal
Course Reserves
Options (decided by faculty):
  • 2 hours in-library use only
  • 24 hours
  • 7 days
Audio Material3 weeks, 1 renewal3 weeks, 1 renewal3 weeks, 1 renewal
Video Material2 hours in-library use only1 week2 hours in-library use only
Varies by item:
  • 2 hours in-library use only
  • 3 weeks, 2 renewals
Varies by item:
  • 2 hours in-library use only
  • 3 weeks, 2 renewals
Varies by item:
  • 2 hours in-library use only
  • 3 weeks, 2 renewals
Laptops1 week1 weekn/a
iPads2 days2 daysn/a
Kindles3 weeks3 weeksn/a
Headphones, cables, DVD drive2 hours in-library use only2 hours in-library use only2 hours in-library use only
Tests7 days7 days 
Museum PassesVaries by subscriptionVaries by subscriptionVaries by subscription
The following materials do not circulate: reference materials, serials. Rare exceptions are made with the permission of Library staff. If permission is granted for an exception, staff will use a Circulating Reference Materials Form to record the transaction.
Salem State University students, faculty, and staff receive reciprocal borrowing privileges with the following consortiums. Reciprocal borrowing means that patrons/students of the following consortiums are granted regular public borrowing privileges (10 items, 21 days, 1 renewal) at the SSU Library. Salem State students, faculty, and staff are granted borrowing privileges at libraries in these consortiums.
Databases at these member institutions may be used on-site at these institutions. Remote access to databases at other Massachusetts public colleges and universities is not possible at this time.
Denial of Borrowing Privileges
The Berry Library respects the delinquency statuses maintained automatically by the NOBLE system. Patrons may be denied borrowing privileges under any of the following circumstances:
Holds are requests placed in the system on behalf of patrons for material they wish to borrow. Holds can be placed for material that is currently checked out and needs to be set aside for the patron at their preferred pickup location when it is returned. Holds can also be placed on material that is available and needs to be pulled from the shelf and set aside for the patron or sent to the patron's desired pickup location. Holds are placed in two ways: by staff in our records management system or by patrons requesting materials in the web catalog.
Museum Passes
The Library has museum passes which can be signed out. In order to borrow a pass, patrons must present a current, valid Salem State University ClipperCard. Students are limited to two passes at any one time. Faculty members may reserve passes in advance for classroom use, by calling the Library Help Desk. The Library has passes to the following museums:
Peabody Essex Museum: each pass admits two people and is due back in 48 hours. Salem State University faculty, staff, and students may also use their ClipperCard for free admission to the PEM.
Overdue Items & Fines
Overdue Items
Material becomes "long overdue" after it has been overdue for 42 days. At this point the patron is sent a bill notice and is blocked in our records management system. The block prevents a student from being able to register for classes or to obtain grades or transcripts. We make every effort to remove all blocks within 24 hours after all materials have been returned.
Currently Salem State University Library does not charge fines.
Payment for Lost Materials
Patrons who lose SSU Library materials must pay the replacement cost as indicated on their bill or as noted on their patron record. Most books have a replacement cost of $45.00, but some books and other media have other costs as shown on the bill or record.
PIN / Password
If you are a registered borrower of a NOBLE library, you can:
To access your account, you will need to type in your library card barcode number and a Personal Identification Number (PIN)/password. To obtain a PIN/password, you can present identification at a NOBLE member library, or set it online if your account has an email address on file. Visit NOBLE's PIN info page for instructions.

You will be able to change your PIN/password at any time using the same methods. PIN/passwords will not be given out over the phone.
Last Updated: Aug 24, 2021 3:47 PM
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