Overdue/Lost/Damaged Materials Policy (Worldwide)

Worldwide patrons are responsible for any items borrowed from the Hunt Library beginning from the date the borrower receives them until they are received back at the Hunt Library. The date the borrowed materials are due is written in the back of each book and on the book sleeve attached to each item. It is the responsibility of the borrower to keep track of due dates and ensure the items are returned on time. Please allow for the time it takes to ship the book back to the library.

Overdue notices will be sent by email two days after the materials are due. If the materials are not returned within 20 days after the due date, the books are considered lost. The replacement cost of the book plus a $15.00 processing fee is charged to the patron’s University account at this time. If the books are returned after being placed in lost status, the borrower may be charged the $15.00 processing fee to cover administrative costs.

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. Exceptions may be made by a member of library administration.

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.

Borrowing privileges may be suspended for students, faculty and staff when $100.00 is owed in overdue fines or replacement costs or if other abuses occur.

Occasionally, WW library staff may request that borrowed materials that are in high demand be returned prior to the due date. Please be considerate of these requests.

Please contact the library with any questions. Library staff are happy to be of assistance.