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Library Lending Policy

On borrowing materials from our collections

Holding Books

About Borrowing Materials

Items in our "Lending Collection" can be checked out to anyone with an Augustana College library card (including some local public patrons!). 

Only a small portion of the Center’s collections are available for you to borrow. Researchers have most access to materials by visiting in person. 

If you are unable to visit the Swenson Center, consider:

Public Patrons

While the Swenson Center and Augustana College Tredway Library are not part of the local public library system, we do allow people from the local surrounding area to use our materials. The following items are required for public patrons to apply for a library card to check out materials:

  • Current picture ID (e.g., driver's license)

  • Verification of address (e.g., recent letter or bill)

  • Unexpired library card from one of the following counties: Rock Island, Whiteside, or Henry (Illinois), or a high school photo ID, or be a member of the Swenson Center

You will not receive a physical library card, but instead a Photo ID will be required each time you wish to check out.

You may apply for a public patron library card at either the Swenson Center or the Tredway library at Augustana College. Holding a public patron card will allow you to check out at either location. 

NOTE: Applicants must be at least 13 years of age. These cards are for personal use only. Each member of a family who wishes to check out should apply for their own card.

Lending Policy Chart

Public Patrons:

Items from Lending Library

4 weeks (1 renewal allowed)

Items from other collections


Augustana College Faculty/Staff:

Items from Lending Library

4 weeks (3 renewals allowed)

Items from other collections

4 weeks (3 renewals allowed)

Augustana College Students:

Items from Lending Library

4 weeks (3 renewals allowed)

Items from other collections



Items from Lending Library


Items from other collections

16 weeks (4 week renewal period) 



Fines & Fees

When items reaches lost status (35+ days), you will be billed replacement costs of $60 per book and $100 per video.

Interlibrary Loan

We lend some library materials through Interlibrary Loan for in-library use only. Interlibrary loan (ILL) enables access and delivery of materials held by other libraries around the world. 

Books and AV materials

Books and audiovisual materials are lent for 16 weeks with a renewal period of 4 weeks. Materials that are exceptionally rare, old, in poor condition, or are fragile (including paperback materials with delicate covers) may not be lent. 



Microfilm lending is limited to our newspaper holdings (not church, lodge, etc. records) and limited to 4 reels at a time. 


NOTE: If your ILL request is denied, please contact us to see if you can obtain access to the materials through reproduction or a visit. 


To request library materials, please contact your home library's Interlibrary Loan department. 

Materials in Other Collections (Immigration, Scandinaviana, etc.)

Materials in other collections generally do not circulate. They will be lent on a case-by-case basis to Augustana College faculty/staff only. Generally, these materials shall not be lent if they are fragile, needing repair, or older than 1960, unless they are duplicate holdings.

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