Library Policies

Borrowing Privileges

The following St. Paul’s School (SPS) users have full borrowing privileges at Ohrstrom Library:

  • Current SPS and ASP Students
  • Current SPS and ASP Faculty and Interns
  • Current Faculty Spouses
  • Current Faculty Children from the ages of 13 and 17
  • Current Faculty Children 18 years of age and over in residence on the grounds with faculty member (with valid Access Pass/Key SPS ID Card and subject to annual updating)
  • Current full-time SPS Staff
  • Current Staff Spouses (with valid Access Pass/Key subject to annual updating)
  • Current Contracted Music Instructors

Contact the Circulation Services Librarian (schauvin at sps dot edu, or x4860) for full details. All other individuals should discuss borrowing from Ohrstrom Library with interlibrary loan staff at their home institutions.


Loan Periods

The general loan period for books and CDs is three weeks, and one week for DVDs. Exceptions may apply. For Faculty, the loan period for books and CDs is 90 days and one week for DVDs.


Renewing Library Materials

Most books and other materials may be renewed provided that they are not more than one week overdue and have not been requested or reserved for other patrons. You may renew your library items by logging on to the Library’s online Catalog with your User ID and PIN numbers, phoning the Library at 603-229-4860, or in person at the Circulation Desk. Most library items may be renewed three times.


Fines, Fees, and Credits

Circulation Services makes every effort to inform patrons of overdue items and pending charges, but it is ultimately the patron’s responsibility to monitor their library accounts, renew and return all items back to the library. Patrons are billed through the SPS Business Office for all long-overdue unreturned items at the end of each term. “Long-overdue” is defined as being at least 4 weeks overdue or one week overdue after the end of the academic year. In general, bills are issued for the list price of the items(s) plus a $20 processing fee per item. Credit will be issued for items returned after bills have been paid if the items have not already been replaced. The processing fee is nonrefundable and will not be credited.


Non-Circulating Materials

The following materials do not circulate outside of the library: reference books and materials, Reserve materials, journals/periodicals, maps, and newspapers. Certain collections are subject to additional restrictions or conditions of use.


Other Resources

Ohrstrom Library has equipment available for use in the library. Please ask at the Circulation Desk to borrow laptops, laptop and phone chargers, headphones and graphing calculators. Closed study carrels on the lower level may also be signed out at the Circulation Desk.


Photocopying and Scanning

Ohrstrom Library has a photocopier on the main level. A valid SPS ID card is needed to make copies. A scanning station is located next to the photocopier on the main level.


Food and Drink

In order to conserve library resources and provide a comfortable environment for all, we ask that you adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Snacks and covered beverages are permitted in Ohrstrom Library. Meals or messy, noisy or strong-smelling foods are not permitted. Exceptions can be made for scheduled, catered events taking place in the library.
  • Please clean up any spills right away—if additional assistance is needed, contact the library staff at the front desk.
  • Please properly dispose of all food, trash, and recycling.

Lost and Found

Ohrstrom Library maintains a lost and found box at the Circulation Desk. Please consult staff at this desk or call x4860 to inquire about materials you believe may have been left in the library. At regular intervals the Library will take unclaimed, routine items such as books and mittens to the Dean of Students’ Office in the Hargate Community Center (x4811). However, when items of significant value (such as laptops, jewelry, glasses, or car keys) are found, Safety is contacted, and that office (x4646) will make immediate efforts to identify and notify owners.


Gifts-in-kind: books and other library materials

Ohrstrom Library gratefully accepts gifts of books and other library materials that are within the scope of its collections and that meet other criteria regarding physical condition.

To avoid misunderstandings, we ask that all prospective donors consult with the appropriate library staff member before making arrangements to have gift books and other library materials sent or delivered.

Gifts of books and other library materials pertaining to St. Paul’s School history should be discussed with David Levesque, School Archivist and Technical Services Librarian ( 603-229-4864 or dlevesque at sps dot edu). Gifts intended for the circulating collections may be discussed with Sarah Ludwig, Library Director ( 603-229-4862 or sludwig at sps dot edu). Inquiries may also be mailed to David Levesque or Sarah Ludwig, Ohrstrom Library 325 Pleasant Street, Concord, NH 03301.

Second copies of books and other materials currently held by Ohrstrom Library are on occasion accepted as gifts (whether to be added to the collection, or to be used as replacements for inferior copies). Please consult the library’s online Catalog to determine whether Ohrstrom Library owns a particular title or call the Library’s service desk at 603-229-4860.

Please note that by law the Ohrstrom Library cannot appraise or estimate the value of any gift.

Ohrstrom Library reserves the right to dispose of gifts it cannot use and to modify its policy concerning gifts as necessary.

We hope that this statement of policy will be helpful to those who would like to join the many friends of Ohrstrom Library who have contributed gift books and other library materials in the past. We are deeply grateful to all of our donors for their generous support.