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Borrowing Policies

Library Cards


  • Current Students, Faculty, and Staff.
  • Faculty Emeriti have the same library privileges as current Faculty.
  • Alumni – Can purchase an Alumni Borrowing Card for $50/yr. Contact the Access Services Librarian for more information.
  • Students or faculty needing special assistance transporting library items may be eligible to appoint another person as a proxy. Email or call for more info: or 206-726-5145.


  • Your Cornish ID is your Library Card.
  • You must present your Cornish ID to check out library materials.


  • Lost ID Card — The replacement fee is $25.00. Pay at the Cashier’s office, then take your receipt to the Security Office to receive a new card.
  • Damaged or Defective ID Card — No charge. Take your card directly to the Security Office and turn it in for a replacement.

Checkout Limit + Renewals + Overdues + Other Information

Checkout Limit
Student, Faculty, Staff – 35 items at a time.
Alumni – 15 items at a time.

Items can be renewed up to three times in succession, if no requests or holds have been placed on the material by other borrowers.

You can renew by logging in to your account in the Library Catalog where you can see everything you have checked out and can renew online.  You can also call (206-726-5145) or email library staff or bring them to the desk in person.  You must provide your Cornish ID number and the barcode number for each item you wish to renew.

Overdue Items
The Library does not charge daily overdue fines.  As soon as an item is overdue your borrowing privileges will be suspended.  When when your items become 30 days overdue you will be responsible for the full replacement cost of the items. If the overdue items are returned promptly, the borrowing suspension and and replacement charge(s) will be removed.

For long-delinquent items, after formal contact methods have been pursued, replacement charges will be reported to Student Accounts. Once the charges are reported to Student Accounts, the charges cannot be waived, even if items are returned.

Students, please note: If you have not cleared your Library account by the time you graduate or withdraw, your diploma and/or transcripts will be held by the Registrar. Formal collection procedures also may be pursued.

Replacement Charges
Replacement costs are due if library items are returned damaged or lost. In addition to replacement costs, a $10.00 processing fee will be assessed for each lost item. Regardless of whether payment has been made for an item, library items remain the property of the college and must be returned. Materials cannot be purchased from the Library.

Reporting Lost or Damaged Items
If you have lost or damaged items, contact the Library and ask to speak with a librarian to determine the amount you owe and to receive more information about payment options. You can reach us by phone at 206-726-5145 or by email at

When you check out scores you are responsible for both the score and any accompanying parts. If a part is lost or damaged, you will be charged for replacing the complete score and parts.

A/V Equipment
Be aware that you are responsible for the replacement cost of any A/V equipment that is damaged, lost or stolen while it is checked out to you.

Class Reserve Materials & Periodicals
Please return these items promptly. Your borrowing privileges will be suspended the moment these items become overdue. These are high-demand items and we cannot afford to have these materials unavailable for other students.

Circulation Periods

  • Books: 2 weeks
  • Laptops: some are 2 weeks, some are 1 week
  • Hotspots: some are 2 weeks, some are 1 week
  • Periodical, current issue: library use only
  • Periodical, back issues: 1 week
  • Newspapers: library use only
  • Reference Books (Special Collection): library use only
  • “Red Dot” Books (Special Collection): library use only (faculty 3 days)
  • Oversized Books (Special Collection): library use only (faculty 3 days)
  • Scripts: 1 week
  • Scores: 2 weeks
  • Class Reserve Materials: 2 hrs-Library Use Only, Overnight, or 3 Day.  No renewal.
  • Music Formats (CDs, Vinyl Records, Cassettes): 3 days (students); 1 week (faculty)
  • Video (DVD + VHS): 3 days (students); 1 week (faculty)
  • Image Collection (Visual Arts Librarian for an appointment)
  • Audio/Visual Equipment: Small items – 3 days.  Large items – faculty use only or special permission.



Faculty Services

Research Instruction by Cornish Librarians

If you would like to request research instruction for a specific class or assignment, or to bring your class to the library for a research period, please contact us in advance. We are able to provide your students with the best assistance if you send copies of your syllabi and assignments or post them on Canvas. For more information contact Bridget Nowlin (206) 726-5126 or Julie Jones (206) 726-5129.

For a one-on-one consultation with a librarian to help with your personal research, stop by the reference desk during business hours. You may also e-mail reference questions to: or call (206) 726-5145.

Librarians can create an online Research Guide specifically for your class.  Contact Bridget Nowlin (206) 726-5126 or Julie Jones (206) 726-5129 for more information.

Request Titles for the Library Collection

Send new title requests to the Library Liaison in your department as well as the Librarian working with your Liaison.  Find your Library Liaison here.  If your liaison is not available please contact Bridget Nowlin, 206-726-5126.
Selection criteria from the Collection Development Policy will apply.

The Library Liaison is an academic department’s primary representative to the library for collection development input. Among other things, they help coordinate faculty requests for new library materials and update faculty on the library’s budget and order deadlines throughout the year.

Core faculty who are interested in serving on the committee, please see the Library Liaison Committee Resource Guide for instructions.

Support for Classroom Instruction

Place materials on reserve for your class for 2 hrs in-library-use, overnight, or 3 day checkout, using our online form.  You can see everything you currently have on reserve by searching your name in the Course Reserves section of the Library Catalog.  For questions, contact the Access Services Librarian, Nick Triggs, (206) 726-5062.

The Library has an array of equipment available to faculty. Equipment may be reserved ahead of time online, via email, or by calling (206) 726-5145.

Terms of use

  • Library staff is not available to deliver or set up AV equipment in classrooms. For set up assistance, please contact the IT department,(206) 726-5092.
  • Faculty are encouraged to check out their own equipment. Faculty needing special assistance transporting library items may be eligible to formally appoint another person as a proxy. E-mail or call for more info: (206) 726-5145.
  • Please avoid relying on students to check out equipment for you.  Students cannot check out material in another person’s name and assume financial responsibility for whatever they check out on their own card.

30 Minute Rule

  • If a patron does not come to pick up their equipment, or call/email to ask that it be held, within 30 minutes of their scheduled pick up the library reserves the right to cancel the reservation and check out the AV equipment to other patrons.

Types of Equipment Available

  • AV carts: 40” LCD Flat Panel HDTV, region-free Blu-Ray/DVD player, VCR, and speakers.
  • Digital Projector.
  • Digital Media Player.
  • External Disc Drives.
  • Hotspots.
  • Laptops.
  • PA/Monitor Speaker.
  • Microphone.
  • Portable Boom Boxes: CD, cassette, and radio capability.
  • Slide projectors: case includes projector, carousel, and remote control.
  • Portable Projection Screens
  • Overhead Projectors
  • Opaque Overhead Projector
  • Extension cords
  • Mac adaptors


  • Many classrooms are equipped with projection equipment. Assignment of classrooms for regular classes is handled by the Registrars office, please contact them with scheduling questions: Scheduling rooms for one-time or occasional events is handled through the EMS Events Management System.
  • Equipment in the classrooms is maintained by the IT department. For questions about set up, help using the equipment, or repairs, please contact the IT department.
  • Some classrooms have projection equipment that can only be accessed by checking out a podium packet from the library.  Podium packets have keys to equipment lockers, remotes, and/or mac adapters. If you’re not sure whether your classroom requires a podium packet, email the library or call the front desk at 206-726-5145.
  • Faculty & staff can check out podium packets up to 30 minutes before their room reservation or class.  Classrooms are booked throughout the day, so we ask that podium packets be returned as soon as classes are over.
  • Faculty are encouraged to pick up and check out their own podium packets.
  • Faculty needing special assistance transporting library items may be eligible to formally appoint another person as a proxy borrower.  E-mail or call for more information: (206) 726-5145.
  • Please do not ask students to pick up podium packets for you.  Students cannot check out material in another person’s name and they assume financial responsibility for whatever is checked out on their own card.

A list of computer labs and classrooms outfitted with AV equipment, maintained by the IT Department, can be found here on Compass.

Ensure that the video or CD you want to show in class will be available. Place holds at least a week in advance by contacting the Library Circulation Desk, (206) 726-5145.

Most library items can be placed on hold by using your library account in our online catalog, by emailing us or by calling us at 206-726-5145

Items that are not checked out are pulled by library staff twice a day, so that they can be ready for you when you come to pick them up. Items that are checked out will be held for you as soon as they are checked in and you will be notified.

You can choose to pick up holds at the library circulation desk, or at Kerry Hall in the Security Office. Items mailed to Kerry Hall are usually available within one day. They can also be returned to the Kerry Hall book drop in the main lobby.

Once an item is placed on hold, you have seven days to pick it up. After that the hold will be removed.

See the library’s Research Guide on Copyright and Fair Use Resources.

Faculty may request “Instructional Privileges” to Artstor, Cornish’s digital image database. This allows faculty to create course folders with image groups. Faculty manage these folders and can set up student folders for the sharing of images and comments. Please contact Bridget Nowlin, (206) 726-5126, for more information and training.



Library Gifts

Monetary Gifts for the Library Collection Fund

To make a monetary gift for the library’s collection purchases, please contact the Office of Advancement. Specify that your gift is for the Library Collection Fund 110-4240-1410-00000.


Gifts for the Library Collection

Please email or call (206-726-5126) Bridget Nowlin, Director of Library Services, to discuss any gifts of books, scores, etc. Please do not drop off gifts at the Library without making prior arrangements.

We are particularly interested in donations in good condition for the following areas:

  • Scripts for newer plays (2000 to the present).
  • Chamber music scores with parts.
  • Materials related to the history of Cornish: photographs, correspondence, scrapbooks, programs, etc. (See Cornish Archives)

All donations are subject to review before adding to the collection.  We are particularly concerned about subject relevance to the collection, physical condition, and available shelving space. Due to workload we are not able to notify donors of each title’s disposition or return those items not added to the collection.

Please contact Bridget Nowlin (email or phone 206-726-5126) to make delivery arrangements prior to dropping off donations.  We will send you a map and parking instructions.  We cannot pick up gifts.

For current hours, please see the library’s home page.

Cornish Library is not a regional archives for the arts. It is a working college collection used heavily by students and faculty. The library cannot function as a permanent archive for personal papers, artist’s works, or personal book collections that require special housing. Accepted donations need to become part of the general collection. We cannot accommodate gifts that require special handling or other special conditions.

Gift Policy

Upon receipt, all gift materials become the property of Cornish College of the Arts Library. Cornish Library reserves the right to determine retention, location, cataloging treatment and other considerations relating to the use and disposition of gifts. Materials not selected for addition to the collection may be sold, donated to students or faculty, recycled, discarded, or otherwise disposed. Proceeds from the sale of any unselected items are used to purchase additional titles for the Cornish Library.


On request, the Library can add bookplates showing the donor’s name and donation date.  The wording typically says Donated by or Gift of.  We can also use wording such as, In Memory of or From the Estate of, etc.  Please advise the Library of your preference.

Donor Receipts + Tax Information + Appraisals

Donors receive an acknowledgement letter that can be used as a receipt of goods from the Cornish Office of Advancement.   Letters typically include the receipt date, a brief description of the donation and number of items donated.  If you require an itemized list of titles, we recommend that you prepare an inventory list of your materials and include a copy of that list with your donations.

The letter does not include an appraisal of fair market value. IRS laws prohibit the Library and its employees from assessing the monetary value of any donated goods or “gifts-in-kind.”

As a donor, you are responsible for determining your personal tax obligations and whether your donations require appraisal. The IRS recommends that the appraisal of books “should be done by a specialized appraiser.”

For more information about appraising materials donations, please consult IRS Form 561 Determining the Value of Donated Property and IRS Form 8283 Noncash Charitable Contributions.  You can also call 800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676) to have copies of the publications mailed to you. Consult the forms directly for full details and required documentation.

For more general information on appraisals and old/rare books you may be interested in a document entitled Your Old Books published by the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section, Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association.