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 and Opie Library

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

Event Result
3 days before due date Courtesy notice—Patron notified to renew or return item.
3 days after due date Overdue notice—Patron notified to return item.
12 days after due date 2nd Overdue notice—Patron notified to return item.
21 days after due date 3rd Overdue notice—Patron notified to return item.
30 days after due date Replacement Cost notice—Patron notified to return item within 10 days to avoid paying replacement cost ($10 processing fee will apply).

3 or More Overdue Items/1 or More Recalled Items
3 or more Overdue Items Account Blocked—Patron's account blocked until items returned.
Item Recalled by Another User Recall notice—Patron notified to return items within 21 days. Patron fined $5 per day (beginning 3rd day after notice) and account blocked until items returned.
Item Recalled by Library Recall Notice—Patron notified to return item within 7 days. Patron fined $5 per day (beginning 3rd day after notice) and account blocked until item returned.

Productivity Tools (e.g. laptops)
1 day after due date Overdue notice—Patron notified to return item.  Late fees will apply.
2 days after due date 2nd Overdue notice—Patron notified (via telephone or email) to return item immediately.  Late fees will apply.
7 days after due date Lost 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.

Event Result
Item received from lending library Arrival 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
 
2nd Overdue notice—Patron notified to return item.
21 days after due date
 
3rd Overdue notice—Patron notified to return item. Patron's account blocked until item returned.
30 days after due date or Invoice received from lending library Replacement Cost notice—Patron notified to return item immediately to avoid paying replacement cost. Lending library processing fee may apply.
Short Loans
Item received from lending library Arrival 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 date Overdue notice—Patron notified to return item.
3 days after due date 2nd Overdue notice—Patron notified to return item.
7 days after due date 3rd Overdue notice—Patron notified to return item. Patron's account blocked until item returned.
30 days after due date or Invoice received from lending library Replacement Cost notice—Patron notified to return item within 10 days to avoid paying replacement cost. Lending library processing fee may apply.

Borrowing from ILLiad Interlibrary Loan

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

Event Result
Item received from lending library Arrival 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.
3 days before due date Courtesy notice—Patron notified to renew or return item.
3 days after due date Overdue notice—Patron notified to return item.
10 days after due date 2nd Overdue notice—Patron notified to return item.
21 days after due date 3rd Overdue notice—Patron notified to return item. Patron's account blocked until item returned.
30 days after due date or Invoice received from lending library Replacement notice—Patron notified to return item within 10 days to avoid paying replacement cost. Lending library processing fee may apply.
Recall notice received from lending library Recall notice—Patron notified to return item within 3 days. Patron fined $5 per day (beginning 3rd day after recall notice) until item returned.