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Library Policies

In order to provide the best environment for research and studying, the Cowan - Blakley Memorial Library has established policies for the use of its facilities and materials.

Circulation Policies The Circulation policies outlines checkout procedures, loan privileges, and the fines and fees structure, as well as general guidelines for checking out materials from the Cowan - Blakley Memorial Library.
Collection Development Policy The collection development policy is intended to provide guidance, within budgetary and space limitations, for the selection and evaluation of materials which anticipate and meet the needs of the University of Dallas community.
Copyright Policy It is the intention of the Cowan - Blakley Memorial Library to abide by the provisions of the copyright law and to educate the University community about the copyright laws governing libraries and fair use. The information provided in this policy outlines the basic guidelines in regards to library print and online materials.
Distance Education Policy The Cowan - Blakley Memorial Library has specific policies regarding borrowing and research requests and needs of distance education students.  The information in this policy determines how students request Blakley library materials and scans from library materials.
Gifts and Donations

COVID-19 Update: Currently the library is not accepting book donations. If you are interested in donating rare books, please contact the Archives and Special Collections department.

The Cowan - Blakley Memorial Library welcomes gifts of original materials, books, personal libraries, and other printed items that fall within the scope of our collection. Donation procedures are included in this policy.

Printing Policy The Cowan - Blakley Memorial Library provides printing services for all library patrons. This policy outlines printing costs and restrictions.
Reserves Policy

The Library's reserve system is intended to give students easy access to supplemental class materials. This policy outlines information about both the physical reserve system, as well as the online reserve system.

Resource Objection The Cowan - Blakley Memorial Library protects library collections from removal of materials based on personal bias or prejudice. This policy outlines the procedures for registering an objection to specific library materials.