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Access Services: Home

Access Services includes many of the services provided by the Nancy Thompson Learning Commons. This department is comprised of Circulation, Course Reserves, Interlibrary Loan; as well as the loan of laptops and study spaces.


self service kiosk

  Kean University has an ever-growing collection of circulating books and e-books for use by students, faculty or anyone else in the Kean Community. Physical books may be found on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the library collection, and can be checked out at the front desk on the 1st floor or by using the self-service kiosk, also found on the first floor lobby. 

A current Kean University photo ID is required to borrow books.
The holder of the ID will be responsible for all materials charged against the patron's account.
Fines and fees will be assessed for damaged and overdue books. 
A fee of $55 per book will be charged for lost books. Refunds will not be given if books are returned after the payment is made.

Circulation limits and book loan periods can be found using the table to the right. 

Course Reserves

The Course Reserves collection provides Kean students with access to course-related materials that are required or recommended by Kean professors. Reserve materials are available at the Circulation Desk during all Nancy Thompson Learning Commons hours of operation. All Reserve items that are checked out must be returned to the Front-End Operations Desk 30 minutes before closing.Bookshelves

Additionally, some professors place articles on E-Reserves, which may be accessed online through the Worldcat Discovery search bar on the Learning Commons home page.

Professors wishing to place items on Reserve should use the form here: 

Interlibrary Loan 

Many of the items that are not carried by the Nancy Thompson Learning Commons can be accessed through our Interlibrary Loan system. This system allows for items that are held by other academic institutions to be lent to Kean University. Loan period varies by lending library. Please allow 1-2 weeks for processing/retrieval, depending on the format/rarity/availability of the material(s). Simply go to for more information on how to request electronic items through Interlibrary Loan. 

VALE Reciprocal Borrowing Program for Faculty and Students

The VALE Reciprocal Borrowing Program for Faculty and Students is a cooperative onsite borrowing agreement among participating VALE member colleges and universities. Among the libraries participating in the Faculty and Student Reciprocal Borrowing Program are the Rutgers University libraries at Newark and New Brunswick, the UMDNJ library at Newark, the NJIT library, and the Seton Hall University library. For more information on the program, visit:

To participate in this program, Kean faculty and students must obtain a signed "VALE Reciprocal Borrowing Application Form," available at the Nancy Thompson Learning Commons' front service area, before they can borrow at one of the participating libraries.

For questions regarding the VALE Reciprocal Borrowing program, please contact 908-737-4629.

Book Loan Periods and Limits


Patron Book Borrowing Limit Loan Period Renewal
Adjunct 30 books 30 days 1 renewal
Administrator 30 books 30 days 1 renewal
Alumni 5 books 30 days 1 renewal
Community* 5 books 14 days 1 renewal
Faculty/Staff 30 books 30 days 1 renewal
Graduate Students 30 books 14 days 1 renewal
Kean Ocean Students 30 books 14 days 1 renewal
Undergraduate Students 30 books 14 days 1 renewal
VALE Participants 5 books 14 days 1 renewal

*Elizabeth/Hillside/Union Township Residents Only