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Borrowing Guide: Graduate Students

Eligibility for BorrowDirect Plus On-Site Borrowing

As of October 1, 2014, graduate students are eligible for free on-site borrowing privileges from all Borrow Direct institutions and Duke University.  To see a full list of participating instutions along with links to each institution's policies, please visit

Graduate Students Guide to Borrowing

How long can I borrow?

All circulating library materials may be recalled by another reader. You will be sent a notice in case this happens

How many books (or other types of loans) can I check out at once?

  • 225 books/loans

Loans from any collection, including requests from the Library shelving Facility (LSF), are counted.

How much am I charged if I'm late returning a loan?

  • Regular overdue fine: $0.50 cents per day
  • $2.00 per day for overdue books that have been recalled.
  • $2.00 per day for 3-day reserves.
  • $3.00 per hour for reserve 2-hour and 24-hour reserve books.
  • The due date stamped or receipts placed in the book at the time it is borrowed is the library's official notice that the book will be due on that date, unless it is called back earlier for another reader. The borrower is responsible for the return or renewal of the book on or before the due date.
  • Lost or long-overdue material: Material that has not been returned 35 days after the due date will be declared LOST automatically. The patron will be assessed a $75.00 Unreturned Book Fee and a non-refundable $20.00 Processing Fee, as well as the overdue fines.

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The Library Service desk is located on the ground floor of Sterling Memorial Library in the nave and is open during normal library hours.

Visitor Library Privileges Hours

Mon-Fri: 8:30am - 4:45pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 4:45pm
Sunday: Closed

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