Access and Check Out

Magale’s Search Tools Tip

Access to Electronic Resources

If you are on campus, click on (or mouse-over) Databases by Title or E-Journals by Title in the drop-down menu at the top of any library web page. If you are off-campus, you will be prompted for a user name and password after clicking on the database you have selected. Enter your network computer login (the login Technology Services assigned to you for access to campus computers and to Blackboard). Off-campus access to databases is only available to SAU students, faculty, and staff. Learn more by watching our video tutorial: Electronic Resources: How to Find E-Books, E-Articles,  Videos, & Other Materials within Magale’s Electronic Collections

If you are a new student, or you have never used your network login before, you will need to contact Technology Services (870-235-4083) to get login information. If you have forgotten your login, you may contact the Reference Desk (870-235-5083) or Technology Services. Your network login will give you access to most databases without needing additional passwords. If you time-out of a database, or if you close your browser, you may need to login again.

Magale’s Check-out Desk located on the 2nd floor.

Check-Out Policies


Faculty, staff and students must have a valid Southern Arkansas University ID card to check out materials. ID cards are available at Camp Hall from Information Technology Services (870-235-4083).

What may be borrowed?

Items that may be checked out include books, VHS tapes, DVDs, audiocassette books, music CDs, and laptop computers (in-library use only). Items that may not be checked out include current periodicals, bound periodicals, reference materials, microforms, and maps.

What if I have overdue items?

Overdue fines are 10 cents per item, per day.  Students’ academic records will be put on hold if items are overdue.  If items are not returned, items will be billed to the corresponding user account.

May I renew items?

Books and other items may be renewed once by phone or in person for same period of time as original check out.  However, if another patron has requested an item you have checked out, you will not be able to renew it.

Where are reserve items located?

Reserve items are located at the Check-Out Desk. Most are “in-library use only”. The loan period for reserve materials is noted on the front of each item. Reserve overdue fines are $1.00 per item per hour, starting with the first minute the item is overdue.

What if I lost an item?

If an item is lost, charges include the replacement cost, plus a $5.00 processing fee.

How long may I borrow an item?

While check-out periods vary depending upon the item type and collection location, the follow are the typical check-out periods:

  • Books – 28 days
  • Video Tapes and DVDs – 7 days
  • Audio Tapes & Books on CD – 14 days
  • Music CDs & Records – 7 days
  • Reserves – according to professor’s request (in-library use only, 1 day, 3 days or 7 days)

Learn more about finding resources in our library watching our video tutorial: How to Find Books, Videos, Magazines, and Other Materials within Magale Library

For more information contact Del Duke, Instruction & Public Services at 870-235-4174 or Nicole Szadziewicz, Circulation Supervisor at 870-235-4175.