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General Collections Care for Users

This guide gives users some guidelines on the care and handling of library materials in the general collections.

Leaving One's Own Impressions

For library books (shared by all) scribbling, handwritten marginalia and comments are considered a form of damage and mutilation. You may be charged replacement costs for books in which you make pencil, pen, or highlighting marks.




If you are going to check a book out and see such marks, inform the staff at Circulation that the book already has such damage.



Take notes on a separate piece of paper or if possible on your laptop.

Taking Notes Separately



Highlighting in library books is very damaging, a source of distraction, and may result in the book having to be replaced. In addition, highlighted text tends to bleed through the page and obscure text on the other side.