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Library Policies

Borrowing at Boreham Library

UAFS students, faculty, and staff have priority use of all library materials and resources.

Members of the general public are welcome to use the library.  Most items may be checked-out with library cards from Fort Smith Public Library or Scott-Sebastian Regional Library.

Faculty and students from other Arkansas colleges and universities may borrow Boreham Library books with a valid ARKLink card. Please contact the library at your home institution for instructions on how to obtain an ARKLink card.

Visiting Other Libraries in Arkansas

UAFS students, faculty, and staff may borrow materials from the Fort Smith Public Library and the Scott Sebastian Regional Library so long as they are currently enrolled/employed and are in good standing.

The ARKLink card allows UAFS faculty and students to borrow materials from other colleges and universities in Arkansas. (Learn more about ARKLink here.) To pick up an ARKLink card, come by the Circulation Desk on the first floor of the library.

Please note that due dates and types of materials loaned will be determined by the policies of the respective libraries.

Loan Periods

All check out periods and limits listed are for UAFS students and public guests.

  • Books: Books may be checked out for one month and may be renewed up to two times for an additional two weeks each. Limit ten books per person at a time.
  • Media: Includes DVDs, video games, board games, and puzzles. These items check out for one week with one renewal for an additional week. Limit two per person at a time.
  • Course Reserves: Books in course reserves may be checked out for either one week or may only be used within the library, depending on the book. DVDs in course reserves may be checked out for either one day or may only be used within the library, depending on the film. Students may borrow up to two course reserve books and one course reserve DVD at a time. Public guests may not borrow course reserves material.
  • Interlibrary Loan (ILL):  Students may not have more than ten ILLs at a time. Due dates and renewals for Interlibrary loan books are set by the lending library. Public patrons must use their public library for ILL.


Books may be renewed twice, media and equipment may be renewed once. Renewal due dates are determined based on the date you renew, not the original due date. Items that are overdue, on hold, or in course reserves may not be renewed.


Ways to Renew:

  • Come by the front desk on the first floor of Boreham Library.
  • Renew items online by clicking on Library Account in the catalog. Provide your UAFS ID# and submit to view items.
  • Call the library at (479) 788-7200.
  • E-mail the library at
  • Interlibrary Loan staff will submit renewal requests automatically on your behalf. Please check your email or ILL account to see if your item has been renewed and for how long.


If an item you want is currently checked out, you may put a hold on it online (use the Place Hold button). Library staff will also gladly put a hold on checked out items for you. Once the item is returned, you will be notified via email and the item will remain on the hold shelf for one week. Holds may not be placed on materials that are for in library use only.


As a courtesy, date due reminders and overdue notices are sent to your university e-mail address. Be sure to check your UAFS email regularly.

Fines, Fees, and Overdues

Boreham Library does not charge overdue fines for late items. Failure to return our materials by the due date or returning items in disrepair may result in a hold placed on your library and university accounts. These holds will block borrowing privileges at our library and restrict access to obtain transcripts, register for classes, and obtain diplomas.

If a patron has lost, not returned, or damaged our items, they will incur a bill for the cost of the item plus a non-refundable $25 processing fee (per item). Replacement costs for overdue Interlibrary Loans are determined by the lending libraries; a placeholder charge is listed until their determination is made. These charges and blocks will be removed upon the return of or payment for all items in question. Payments may only be made online or at the Cashier's Office.