Each circulating print item checked out from the library is stamped with the date the item is due to be returned to the library. Patrons are responsible for returning all borrowed items before closing time on the date due.
For most materials, overdue fines accrue at $.50 per day per item and cap at $10.00 per item. However there are exceptions for high-demand items. Recalled items accrue fines at $2.50 per item per day and cap at $50.00. Reserve materials that are kept past the three-hour check-out period accrue fines at $.50 per item per hour or part of an hour and cap at $50.00. Additional fees may be levied at the discretion of the Library Director or the Associate Director for Access Services for egregious or habitual abuse of the loan periods that result in materials being unavailable for others during high-use times such as final exams.
A courtesy overdue notice will be sent two days after the due date. A second courtesy notice will be sent as a follow-up reminder ten days after the due date. Twenty days after the due date, the patron will be billed for the replacement cost of the item, plus a $15.00 processing fee. Notices for items with shorter loan periods will be sent at appropriate intervals.
It is the responsibility of the borrower to keep track of due dates. Patrons can renew circulating print materials using My Library Account.
Circulating print materials must be returned to one of two book drops (one inside the library and one just outside the library's entrance) in order to be properly discharged. The borrower is responsible for material lost due to improper return. Borrowing privileges are suspended for students, faculty, and staff when $100.00 is owed in overdue fines or replacement costs, if fifteen or more items become overdue, if recalled items are not returned promptly or other abuses occur.
Media equipment and items from the video/DVD collection must be returned to the BORROW Desk inside the library during regular library hours, not in a book drop.
Reserve items must also be returned to the BORROW Desk inside the library and not in a book drop.
Students, faculty, and staff pay fines/fees at the Cashier's Office at Tomcat Annex, Bldg. 30-1. Alumni and community patrons pay fine/fees by personal check or cash at the BORROW Desk in the library. Borrowing privileges are suspended for alumni and community patrons when one item is overdue or any fines are owed. Further check outs will be blocked until maximum limits are reduced.
Patrons returning materials that are damaged (due to abuse or misuse such as water damage, torn pages, writing on pages or highlighting, etc.) will be billed for the replacement cost of the item plus a $15.00 processing fee.
Materials that are returned six months past the due date or later are not eligible for refund or credit because a replacement item has already been purchased unless an exception is made by the Associate Director for Access Services or a member of the library’s Management Team.