Borrowing Rules and Fees

Below are listed important rules, dates, and fees/fines when borrowing materials through the Van Pelt and Opie Library.

Borrowing from the Van Pelt & Opie Library

This service is available to all current students, staff, faculty, emeriti and Courtesy Borrowing Card holders.

EventResult
5 days before due dateCourtesy notice—Patron notified to renew or return item.
3 days after due dateOverdue notice—Patron notified to renew or return item.
10 days after due date2nd Overdue notice—Patron notified to renew or return item.
17 days after due date3rd Overdue notice—Patron notified to renew or return item.
30 days after due dateLost Item notice—Patron notified to return item (late fees and $10 processing fee will apply). Patron's account blocked until item returned.
37 days after due dateReplacement Cost notice—Patron notified to return item immediately to avoid paying replacement cost (late fees and $10 processing fee will apply). Patron's account blocked until item returned or fee is paid.

3 or More Overdue/Recalled Items
15 days after due dateOverdue notice—Patron notified to renew or return items. Patron's account blocked until items returned (late fees apply).
Recalled ItemsRecall notice—Patron notified to return items within 21 days. Patron fined $5 per day (beginning 3rd day after due date) until items returned.

Productivity Tools (e.g. laptops)
1 day after due dateOverdue notice—Patron notified to return item.  Late fees will apply.
2 days after due date2nd Overdue notice—Patron notified (via telephone or email) to return item immediately.  Late fees will apply.
7 days after due dateLost Item notice—Patron notified to return item immediately to avoid paying replacement cost. Patron's account blocked until item returned and $10 processing fee is paid.

Borrowing from MeLCat

This service is available to all current students, staff, faculty, emeriti, and Courtesy Borrowing Card holders.

EventResult
Item received from lending libraryArrival notice—Patron notified item available for pick up at Library and IT Service Center. Item returned to lending library if item not picked up within 10 days.
Regular Loans
3 days after due date
 
Overdue notice—Patron notified to return item.
10 days after due date
 
Second Overdue notice—Patron notified to return item.
21 days after due date
 
Lost Item notice—Patron notified to return item. Patron's account blocked until item returned.
Invoice received from lending libraryReplacement notice—Patron notified to return item immediately to avoid paying replacement cost. $10 processing fee will apply. Lending library processing fee may still apply.
Short Loans
Item received from lending libraryArrival notice—Patron notified item available for pick up at library and IT Service Center. Item returned to lending library if item not picked up within 10 days.
1 day after due dateOverdue notice—Patron notified to return item.
3 days after due dateSecond Overdue notice—Patron notified to return item.
7 days after due dateLost Item notice—Patron notified to return item. Patron's account blocked until item returned.
Invoice received from lending libraryReplacement notice—Patron notified to return item immediately to avoid paying replacement cost. $10 processing fee will apply. Lending library processing fee may still apply.

Borrowing from ILLiad Interlibrary Loan

This service is available to all current students, staff, faculty and emeriti.

EventResult
Item received from lending libraryArrival notice—Patron notified item available for pick up at Library and IT Service Center. Item returned to lending library if item not picked up within 10 days.
5 days before due dateCourtesy notice—Patron notified to renew or return item.
5 days after due dateOverdue notice—Patron notified to return item.
15 days after due dateSecond Overdue notice—Patron notified to return item. Patron's account blocked until item returned.
30 days after due dateLost Item notice—Patron notified to return item to avoid paying replacement costs. Patron's account blocked until item returned.
Invoice received from lending libraryReplacement notice—Patron notified to return item immediately to avoid paying replacement cost. $10 processing fee will apply. Lending library processing fee may still apply.
Recall notice received from lending libraryRecall notice—Patron notified to return item immediately. Patron's account blocked until item returned. Patron fined $5 per day (beginning 3rd day after recall notice) until item returned.