A valid Augusta University picture ID is required for checkout. Most materials are checked out for four weeks. Fines are $.35/item/day with a maximum fine of $10 per item. As a courtesy, one overdue notice is sent out by email after the items are due. Fines must be settled by the end of the semester.

Circulation Policies:

Who may check out materials?

Students, faculty, and staff of Augusta University with a current ID card

Length of checkout:

4 weeks

Renewal of materials:

Most items may be renewed once. Due to their popularity, GACE materials are not renewable.


Fines are $.35/item/day

Maximum fine - $10.00 per item

The only form of payment accepted for fees is the JAGCard.

Collection Development Policy:

It is the mission of the Instructional Resource Center to provide the resources that faculty and students need to prepare lesson plans, assignments, and materials for use with K-12 and pass tests required for certification. It is not the intent of the Instructional Resource Center to duplicate materials found in Reese Library or Media Services, but rather to provide a collection that compliments those. In its collection development the Instructional Resource Center strives to provide materials that will assist students in preparing lesson plans, thematic units, assignments, and materials for use with K-12 students.

Current standards, such as the Georgia Standards issued by the Georgia Department of Education, are used as guides in selecting materials.

Materials collected include: children's literature, children's books on various reading levels and subjects, thematic units, activity-based books and magazines, GACE Test study materials, games and hands-on materials, and a selection of textbooks for K-12. With limited funds, needs are prioritized each year and money is first spent on those with highest priority.

Donations are accepted as space allows when they will provide current, needed materials that will not duplicate offerings in other areas on campus.

The manager of the Instructional Resource Center is responsible for collection development and seeks input from faculty and students in the process.

Weeding Policy

I. Definition

Weeding is the active discarding or transferring to storage of unneeded Instructional Resource Center items. It is not simply the passive withdrawal of the records of lost books or the withdrawal of books so damaged that they are no longer usable.

II. Rationale

Items that do not support the mission of the Instructional Resource Center and do not fit into the collection development policy should be removed from the center in order to maintain a current, active, and useful collection which reflects the goals of the center.

Weeding needs to be an integral function of the center in order to:

  • Insure a relevant collection that supports the Instructional Resource Center 's mission

  • Make active items more visible, attractive, and accessible

  • Make the most efficient use of existing, limited space and create shelf space for new additions to the collection

  • Enable staff to service the collection efficiently

III. Criteria

The following materials should be candidates for weeding:

  • Items that are inappropriate to the mission of the Instructional Resource Center

  • Items that have not been used

  • Badly worn or mutilated materials (If these are important to the collection, they should be mended or replaced.)

  • Duplicated copies of seldom used items

  • Unsolicited and unwanted gifts

  • Obsolete materials (especially important in the areas of science and technology)

  • Items not relevant to the current or anticipated curriculum

IV. Responsibilities for Weeding

The manager of the Instructional Resource Center will be responsible for weeding.

V. Schedule for Weeding

Weeding is an essential on-going routine and should not be done only during periods of crisis. However, special weeding projects will be undertaken when necessary.