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Access Policy for Nonaffiliated Meriam Library Users

The Meriam Library at California State University, Chico is funded primarily to support the university's teaching and research functions. Service is provided to persons not affiliated with the university according to state and federal guidelines and within resource limitations.

Most library items, with the exception of reserve and some nonprint items are available for use within the library by anyone. Authorized users may check out items from the general collection, reserve, and nonprint collections. Items held in the government documents collections may be checked out by anyone with a valid California driver’s license or DMV identification card.

A Nonaffiliated User (NAU) card entitles the cardholder to check out items for use either within or outside the library, depending upon restrictions specific to each category of item. Cardholders may access the library catalog for books. The NAU card does not entitle cardholders to interlibrary services, use of the student computing labs, an e-mail account, or remote access to restricted databases.

Criteria to Obtain a NAU Card

The card will be issued to applicants meeting the following criteria and submitting the appropriate fee:
a. Minimum age of 18;
b. Permanent residence in the university's service region (counties of Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Yuba);
c. Provide a valid California driver's license or DMV identification card indicating a permanent address within the service region;
d. Provide Social Security number.

Terms and Fees

The NAU card is issued for a period of 1 year from date of purchase for a fee of $50.00. If library records indicate any outstanding debts due, these must be cleared before a card is issued or renewed. The card is nonrefundable unless the patron subsequently qualifies for borrowing privileges in some other manner. Refunds are prorated from the time of issuance or renewal of card to the date of refund request. The card is nontransferable.

The cardholder's California driver's license or DMV identification card is required for identity verification when checking out items.

Card Holder's Responsibility

Cardholders are responsible for all items circulated on their card and are obligated to pay applicable overdue fines and reimburse the library for lost and/or damaged items, including processing fees.

Lost ID Card

Lost or stolen ID cards must be reported immediately to Circulation. Items checked out on an ID card that is not reported lost or stolen within 24 hours will be charged to the patron's account.


Applications for Nonaffiliated User cards are available at Meriam Library Circulation.

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