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Jessie Ball duPont Library

Jessie Ball duPont Library: Borrow, Renew, Request

The Jessie Ball duPont Library at the University of the South, Sewanee, TN, offers an extensive range of resources and services to support teaching and learning.

Library Cards

In order to check out materials from our library you need to have a library card. If you are a member of the faculty, staff or student body, your Sewanee ID will serve as your library card.  All other patrons will be issued a card by the library. Applications are available at the Circulation Desk. In order to qualify for a library card, patrons must be affiliated with the University of the South, St. Andrew’s-Sewanee (SAS) school, or a permanent resident of Sewanee, Franklin County, or one of the Tennessee counties bordering Franklin County. In addition, visiting scholars and family members of faculty and staff are also eligible for library privileges.

Those applying for a library card must be at least 8 years old. Children under the age of 18 need to have a parent or guardian with them when applying for a library card, with the exception of SAS students. Where applicable, a photo ID must be shown with application. Please present your library card every time you check out library materials.  There is a $10.00 charge for your card.  Replacements cards are available for $10.00 each. Patrons are responsible for notifying the Circulation Department if any changes are made in address, phone number, or e-mail information. The library staff reserves the right to revoke some or all library privileges if the policies outlined here are not followed.

Loan Periods and Renewals

Loan periods vary by patron type and the type of material (book, audio, video, etc.). The table below illustrates the most common situation, the loan periods for most books. Other material types, such as audio and video materials, have other loan periods and are described further below.

Patron Type Loan Period
Undergraduates 6 weeks
Seminarians 16 weeks
D.Min. Students 6 weeks
School of Letters Students 6 weeks
Faculty (except visiting faculty) Extended
University Staff (and visiting faculty) 16 weeks
St. Andrew’s Sewanee 5 weeks
Community Members 5 weeks
Conference Participants 2 weeks


Books in the Fooshee browsing collection circulate for 5 weeks for all patrons. Also, members of the Friends of the Library get an additional week for books.

You may renew books up to 2 times (except conference participants) by bringing them by the Circulation Desk. You also have the option of renewing by phone or online ( if the books are not overdue. Books that have been requested by another patron (recalled), items on reserve, CDs, and videos may not be renewed.


Audio and Visual Material

The library has several thousand films in our collection. They are shelved either by category or Library of Congress call number. Categories include Animated, Children, Feature, Foreign, and TV. Within a particular category, movies are in alphabetical order by the first three letters of the title. Foreign films are grouped first by language then by the first three letters of the title.  Videos are due before closing seven days after they are checked out, and may not be renewed. Patrons may checkout a total of 5 films. Patrons must be 18 or older to check out R-rated or Mature-Rated videos.

The library also has a large collection of music on CD. CDs can be checked out for 7 days.  The CD collection is housed in the Ralston Music Library area, located on the second floor of the library. The CDs are arranged by accession number.  Patrons may checkout a total of 5 CDs at one time.

Audio books (books on CD) are located adjacent to the Video Collection. Patrons may check out up to three audio books for five weeks. We also offer streaming audiobooks from Overdrive

Agreements with Other Libraries

Vanderbilt University: The University of the South has a reciprocal library use agreement with Vanderbilt University. Current faculty and students at the two institutions can use the facilities and check out materials from either library using their valid University ID. The agreement does NOT provide remote access to electronic resources. 

Prior to making a visit to Vanderbilt, it is best to consult the Vanderbilt University Libraries'  Access and Use Policies as well as their Hours of Operation to ensure you plan your trip accordingly.  Hours of access for guests, including Sewanee users, are typically limited to daytime hours. If you have questions, please contact Vanderbilt at 615-322-7100, or Sewanee's Research Help Department at 931-598-3333 or

Appalachian Colleges Association (ACA): The University of the South is a part of a reciprocal use program for the benefit of patrons of other member schools in the ACA.

Computer Use and Internet Access

Computers with access to the Internet are available on all floors of the library.  The computers are provided primarily for the use of University of the South students, faculty, and staff for the purpose of academic research, and for users of federal government information in electronic format. Such persons will be given preference over all other users. The Library reserves the right to limit the amount of time an individual user can devote to a single session. Use of Academic Technology Center computers and facilities, which are located on the ground floor of the library, are limited to university students, staff, and faculty. We ask that persons not affiliated with the University use computers on the main and second floors of the library located close to the central elevators.

Access to all computers is granted via individual login. Persons affiliated with the University will use their email user name and their Banner password to log on to a computer. If you are not affiliated with the University, you may check at the Circulation Desk for a guest login.  Individuals under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian sign their application, just as with library cards. All computer users must adhere to the posted University guidelines and policies for computer usage.

All users must register for wireless network access. Students, faculty, and staff, should select the "Sewanee-Secured" network, and follow the instructions for downloading and running the Aruba connection application. Your login is just like the computers in the library: your email user name and your Banner password. You should only have to do this once with each wireless device.  Guests should connect to the "Sewanee-Open" network, and follow the instructions for creating an account.

Holds and Recalls

If a book is checked out, you may place a hold or recall on the book. ( When you place a hold, the library will notify you when the book is returned. Recalls are placed when there is a more urgent need for a book. A book must be checked out for at least a week before it may be recalled. Patrons may have a total of 3 holds and/or recalls at any one time. You may place a hold on a book at the service desk or by logging into your library account. Recalls can only be placed at the Circulation desk. Audio, video and reserve material cannot be recalled or held.

Fines, Replacement Costs, and Overdue Notices

The fine for overdue books and audio books is $0.25 per item per day. Overdue movies and CDs are $2.50 per item per day. Fines for overdue reserve items are $0.75 per hour. Fines for recalled items are $1.00 per day. Replacement and processing costs depend on the item; however, they normally range between $40 and $50.  All replacement items must be purchased by the Acquisitions Department. Please clear your account of fines and overdue items before your next checkout. Excessive overdue books or fines could lead to the suspension of library privileges. As a courtesy, the library sends overdue and fine notices by e-mail. However, fines are charged even if notices are not received. Please return items on or before their due date.

Behavior in the Library

Beverage, Alcohol, and Tobacco Policy
Only beverages in closed or covered containers are permitted. No tobacco or alcohol products of any kind are allowed.

Please Be Considerate of Others
We strive to provide our patrons with an inviting and peaceful place to read and study.  To help us reach this goal we ask that you be considerate of our other patrons. Please keep noise to a minimum. Silence your cell phone while in the library. If you need to make a call, please do so outside.  We welcome children, and encourage them to quietly enjoy the library in the company of their parents.  If your behavior disturbs other library users, we may ask you to leave the building if you have not corrected the behavior after a warning.