Policies & Services


Borrowing Library Materials
SAU students and personnel must present their SAU ID card at the Circulation Desk to borrow library material.  SAU alumni and members of the Spring Arbor community may borrow SAU library material by bringing their driver’s license (or other form of photo I.D. containing a current address) to the Circulation Desk and completing a library user form. The loan period for materials depends on the type of material and the status of the user. Select the “Loan Periods” link below for more information.

Click to view Loan Periods.

Click to view our policies on Renewals, Holds, Recalls, and Fines.

Printing & Scanning

Click here to watch a video on how to print wirelessly in the library from your Mac Laptop.
Click here for written instructions on how to print from your Mac Laptop.

How to add a printer on a Windows PC:
1. Click Start
2. In search bar, type \\print\printername (\\print\libup1)
3. Hit Enter.
4. Enter your arbor\username (arbor\ab123456) and password.

Library Printers
Main floor Computer Lab: Libup1 and Libup2
Main floor Quiet Lab: lblasf
Lower Level Lab: lblas5
Lower Level Workroom: Liblow2

Black and White Printing
Black and white printing to the library computer labs is free for SAU students, faculty and staff. Black & white printing to the TE Workroom is $0.10 per page.

Color Printing
The White Library offers two options for color printing: a color printer located in the Teacher Education Workroom on the lower level of the library and a color printer on the main floor behind the Circulation Desk for printing when the Workroom is closed.

If the Teacher Education Workroom is closed when you need to print a color document, please inquire at the Circulation Desk for instructions.

Color Printing Charges
All users, including students, are charged $.50/page (per side). The only exception is for Teacher Education students who are charged $.25/page for color printing in the Teacher Education Workroom.

Community Patrons
Library users not affiliated with SAU may send their print requests via email to the Circulation Desk: saulibrary.circ@gmail.com.
Black & white printing is $0.10 per page. Color printing is $0.50/page, per side.

Printing charges will be waived for any pages damaged due to a hardware problem (paper jam, toner low, smeared ink, etc.). Printing charges will not be waived for pages with editing or formatting errors.

Self-serve scanning to email or flash drive is available on the following machines:

  • Libup1 in the Main Floor computer lab
  • HP Scanjet in Room 122, Lower Level
  • Liblow2 in the Workroom, Lower Level

Need assistance? Library staff will scan your documents free-of-charge at the Circulation Desk.

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material
Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.” If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement
This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

Course Reserves

Reserve materials are shelved in a closed area at the library’s Circulation Desk.  The material is typically in high demand or required for a course.  Material that is on reserve has a shorter loan period and may be restricted to use in the library.

STUDENTS:   Search for reserve material by Course or Instructor here: https://dromedary.arbor.edu/search/r   A list is also available at the library’s Circulation Desk.

FACULTY: Faculty may place both library-owned and personal copies of books, DVDs, CDs, on library course reserve.  Reserve materials should be taken to the library’s Circulation Desk along with a completed course reserve form.  Blank request forms are available at the Circulation Desk or online.

Gift Books Policy

The Spring Arbor University White Library welcomes the donation of gift books to our collection. We are interested mostly in academic titles that are scholarly, current, or rare items in good physical condition. Once donated gift books become the property of the White Library.Donated books will be evaluated by our librarians using the same criteria as materials which are purchased.

The University Library does not appraise gifts. This policy is endorsed by the American Library Association. The IRS requires an independent appraisal if a donor plans to claim a charitable deduction above a certain value. Upon request, the White Library will provide the donor with outlining the number of books donated, not a specific list of titles.

If you have questions about donating books to the library, or would like to arrange to drop-off gift books, please email whitelibrary@arbor.edu or 517 750 6435.

InterLibrary Loan

What is Interlibrary Loan?

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service that obtains books, CDs, DVDs and copies of articles from other libraries.

Who can use Interlibrary Loan?

This service is for all current SAU students, faculty, staff and administration.

How do I use Interlibrary Loan?

  • Fill out the blank online form here.
  • Search for books, CDs and DVDs in over 400 Michigan Libraries in MeLCat
  • Search for articles, books, CDs and DVDs in libraries throughout the U.S. in WorldCat
  • Interlibrary Loan requests for articles can also be made by selecting the ILL request button within each of the library’s databases and completing the accompanying form.

How long will materials take to arrive?

Requested materials usually arrive within 3 to 10 business days. However, harder-to-find items may take up to 3-4 weeks to arrive.  To inquire on the status of your Interlibrary Loan request, contact the Interlibrary Loan Department at sauill@arbor.edu or 517-750-6439.

How long are the loan periods?

The normal loan period for Interlibrary Loan material is 3 weeks for books, 1 week for CDs and DVDs.  However, loan periods are determined by the lending library and vary by institution.

How will I know when my material has arrived?

Students, staff and faculty on the main campus will be notified by email when an item is available for pick-up. Books are mailed directly to online students and those attending or teaching class at satellite locations. Copies of articles will be delivered by email.

What is the policy regarding renewals?

Renewal periods are determined by the lending libraries.  Most Interlibrary Loan items renew for 1-3 weeks.  However, some books, CDs and DVDs are not renewable.  If you need an additional extension on your Interlibrary Loan item, please contact Kami Moyer at kmoyer@arbor.edu or 517-750-6439

Laptop Circulation

Laptops for In-Library Use

White Library provides 2 PC machines and 1 MAC laptop for SAU students and employees for use within the library. Each laptop is loaded with Microsoft Office 2010 (Microsoft word, Excel, and PowerPoint).

Borrower Requirements

  • Only current SAU students or employees with no outstanding fines may borrow laptops.
  • Laptops must be checked-out in person by the individual using the laptop. A current SAU student or employee ID card is required to check out a laptop. If the borrower is an Online or Distance student with no SAU Photo ID, some other photo ID (such as a Driver’s License) is required.
  • A Library Laptop Borrower Agreement must be completed and signed each time a laptop is checked-out and checked-in. The borrower is responsible for the cost or repairs or replacement if damaged or lost.
  • The borrower’s ID will be kept at the Circulation Desk while the laptop is checked out.
  • Upon returning the laptop, the borrower must wait at the Circulation Desk while the laptop is checked in. (Approximately 10 minutes.)

Loan Periods

  • Laptops may be checked-out for 1 (one) 3 hour period per day.
  • Laptops must be returned 1 hour before the Library closes.


  • Reservations may be made for laptops via e-mail to saulibrary.circ@gmail.com, by phone 517-750-6442, or in person at the Circulation Desk.

Reference Services

The Reference Desk in White Library is staffed by faculty librarians. Librarians are available to help with every stage of the research process. One-on-one research consultations are available for students, faculty, and staff on a drop-in basis or by appointment. Librarians may be reached in person, by phone (517-750-6445) or by e-mail.

Faculty can request library instruction in the classroom by filling out a Library Instruction Form.

Reference Librarians are available for drop-in consultations during the following times:
Monday-Thursday: 9am-12pm, 1pm-5pm, and 6pm-10pm
Friday: 9am-12pm and 1pm-5pm