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Borrowing Guide: Undergraduates

Undergraduate Guide to Borrowing

How long can I borrow?

  • Undergraduates (Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors)
    • 4 months for all General Circulating Collections with the exception of Arts.
    • 60 days at Arts Library.
  • Undergraduate Seniors
    • Academic Year loan.  All materials are due on May 31st after Graduation with the exception of Arts.
    • 60 days at Arts Library.

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?

  • Undergraduates (Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors): 100 books/loans
  • Undergraduate Seniors: 150 books/loans
  • Summer Students: 25 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?

  • Undergraduates are generally not charged for regular overdue books. However, the Library appreciates the timely return of books.
  • Lost or long-overdue material: Material that has not been returned 30 days after the due date will be declared LOST automatically. The patron will be assessed a $130.00 Unreturned Book Fee.
  • Other types of overdue fees:
    • $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 borrower is responsible for the return or renewal of the book on or before the due date.

Borrowing materials from other Ivies+ institutions (BorrowDirect Plus)

Undergraduates are eligible for free on-site borrowing privileges from all Borrow Direct institutions.  To see a full list of participating institutions along with links to each institution's policies, please visit

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