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Borrowing Guide: Undergraduates

COVID-19 Updates

All fines for overdue, recalled, and lost Yale Library, Borrow Direct and Interlibrary Loan materials will be waived. If you accrue fines, email or fill out this form for quick resolution.

Undergraduate Guide to Borrowing

How long can I borrow?

  • Undergraduates (Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors)
    • 4 months for all General Circulating Collections.
  • Undergraduate Seniors
    • Academic Year loan.  All materials are due on May 31st after Graduation.

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

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

  • Undergraduates (Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors): 100 books/loans, including up to 20 items from the Yale Film Archive
  • Undergraduate Seniors: 150 books/loans, including up to 20 items from the Yale Film Archive
  • 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, 3-hour, and 24-hour reserve materials.
    • $0.50 per day for overdue Yale Film Archive DVDs
    • 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

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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Send questions to Sterling Memorial Library Services at:

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

Academic Year

Monday-Thursday: 8:30AM-6PM
Friday: 8:30AM-4:45PM
Saturday: 10AM-4:45PM
Sunday: 12noon-6PM

Please review weekly hours before planning your visit.