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Borrowing Guide: Faculty

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Overdue Library Materials


If you are a current student, staff or faculty member, the following options are available for renewal.

Yale Library Materials: Renew Yale Library materials using My Library Account.

Interlibrary Loan: Request a renewal by emailing

**Please note that all Borrow Direct materials must be returned.


If you are no longer at Yale University, we would like to ask that these materials are returned as soon as possible. Options for returns are as follows:

Return to a Yale Library bookdrop (Locations are available here)

Request a free shipping label (1 label for every 20lbs of books) through Include your name, preferred shipping address and number of labels requested.

All overdue and lost item fees will be removed when materials are returned.

Already Returned?

If you already returned your materials, please fill out this form. We will start an extensive search of the library to try to locate these items.

Faculty Guide to Borrowing

How long can I borrow?

  • 1 year for all General Circulating Collections

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

Can I have some one else check books out for me at the library?

Faculty may designate assistants as proxy borrowers by following these steps.  Non-Faculty staff are not eligible for proxy borrowers.

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

  • Regular Faculty: 1000 books/loans, 50 items from Yale Film Archive
  • Summer Faculty: 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?

  • Faculty are generally not charged for regular overdue books but 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, 3-hour, and 24-hour reserve materials
    • 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)

Faculty 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

Problems with your account

If you believe you've accrued a fine in error or if you believe you've returned an item that is still on your library account, please fill out the following form.


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Phone: (203) 432-1775



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

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