Many materials from the department's various collections circulate. Staff at Government Information reference desk can answer questions regarding whether or not a particular item is eligible for check out.
The following materials circulate:
The following materials do NOT circulate:
Other reasons for the non-circulating status of items can be provided at the discretion of staff member at the desk, and the final decision on whether or not an item circulates rests with this person. Selected government publication monographs circulate with the permission of the Government Information reference desk staff. Staff members reserve the right to disallow particular monographs to circulate for reasons including condition, fragility, rarity, and location (e.g., Reference).
All materials are circulated through the Main Library Circulation Desk. All patrons with a current Northwestern WildCARD or a Borrower's Card may checkout materials. Loan periods are consistent with those of other parts of the library, and are based on affiliation and status in relation to the University. Policies regarding borrowers, loan periods, holds, recalls, fines, etc. will be those that are in effect for the Main Library, which can be found on the Circulation  site.
The main function of reference desk staff is to provide reference service. Reference Desk staff reserve the right to ask borrowers to return at a later time, no later than the next day the department is open, to pick up books they wish to take out. This is because the collection is not circulation-ready and staff must create item records for, bar code, and pocket some materials for circulation. It may not be possible to do this as the borrower waits if other patrons are waiting for reference assistance.