Loan Policies

Students may obtain a Library barcode by presenting a current, valid student ID at the Circulation Desk, and by filling out a Library Barcode Application form. The Library barcode will be attached to the back of the student’s ID card.  A student is responsible for ALL books or materials checked out on her/his Library barcode, inlcuding items that  may be checked out for someone else.
If one’s ID card is lost or stolen, report the loss promptly to the Library so that the status of the Library barcode can be changed to lost/stolen. A replacement Library barcode can be issued.
Reserved books, photocopies, and other items are shelved behind the Public Service Desk. Articles and books are listed in a binder at the Desk.  Books are also searchable in the electronic Library Catalog. A valid University ID is required to check out Reserve material.  For USE IN THE LIBRARY ONLY Reserve material, an alternate ID, such as a driver's license may be accepted.  Ask at the Desk. Return reserve material to a staff member or student employee at the Desk so that it can be correctly checked in.
Books (general, Ethnic, CC & JUV) 3 weeks (*)
Reference (REF & JUV REF) Library Use Only
Reserve material Library Use Only
Periodicals Library Use Only
Government Documents (paper) 3 weeks, see Librarian
A-V materials 1 week, see Library staff
Ethnic Glass Case Material Library Use Only
Archival Material Reading Room Use only, see Archivist/Librarian



  • Eight-day grace period: No fine is charged if an overdue book is returned or renewed up to 8 days after the due date.
  • On the 9th day, the fine is 30 cents per day (including the eight-day grace period) for each book returned or renewed 9 or more days late. If the total fine amount is $3 or over, the fine amount due is reported to the Business Office.
  • At 45 days overdue, an item is declared lost. The Lost book charge is: $50; an $18 processing fee per book is also assessed. The total amount due is reported to the Business Office.
 A Library restriction is placed on a student’s account for overdue fines and lost book chargesAll overdue fines and lost book charges shall be paid at the Business Office. The Library restriction will be lifted when the Library is notified that fines/charges have been paid.
REDUCTIONS & REMOVALS OF CHARGES: Books or items returned AFTER being declared lost:
Reduction: IF the lost book charge has NOT yet been paid.
The lost book charge and $4.50 of the processing fee are forgiven; a maximum overdue charge of $13.50 per item applies. At the Public Service Desk, get a Reduction Note and a Collections of Library Charges letter that will be made out to the reduced amount.
Take both the note & the letter to Business Office to make a payment.
Removal of Charge: IF the lost book charge HAS been paid.
The lost book charge and $4.50 of the processing fee are forgiven; a maximum overdue charge of $13.50 per item applies. The total of the maximum overdue fine(s) will be subtracted from the lost book charges already paid, and the difference will be credited to the student’s account.
The Library will send a Removal of Charge letter to the Business Office to obtain the credit for the student. Process: Return lost item(s) to the Public Service Desk.  One week after returning lost item(s), check one's student account for the credit.