Borrowing Rules and Fees/Fines

Below are listed important rules, dates, and fees/fines when borrowing materials through the Van Pelt and Opie Library. Please see our Policies page for additional information.

Borrowing from the Van Pelt and Opie Library

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

Library Collections 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).
Blocks Account Blocked—Patron's account blocked if $30 or more in fines and fees is owed or a recalled item is overdue.

Recalled Items
Item Recalled by Another User Recall notice—Patron notified to return item within 21 days. Patron fined $5 per day (beginning due date in notice) and account blocked until item returned.
Item Recalled by Library Recall Notice—Patron notified to return item within 7 days. Patron fined $5 per day (beginning due date in notice) and account blocked until item returned.

Productivity Tools (e.g. laptops)
1 day after due date Overdue notice—Patron notified to return item. Overdue fines will apply.
2 days after due date 2nd Overdue notice—Patron notified to return item. Overdue fines will apply.
3 days after due date Lost Item notice—Patron notified to return item immediately to avoid paying replacement cost. Overdue fines will apply.
10 days after due date Replacement Cost notice—Patron notified to return item within 10 days to avoid paying replacement cost ($10 processing fee and overdue fines will apply).

Borrowing from MeLCat

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

Regular Loans 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 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.

All Loans 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.