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Borrowing Guide: Undergraduates

Welcome to Yale Library!

Overdue Library Materials

Renewals

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 smlill@yale.edu.

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

Returns

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 askyalelibrary@yale.edu. 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.

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 http://www.borrowdirect.org/on-site-borrowing

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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Contact Privileges Staff

Contact

Send questions to Sterling Memorial Library Services at:

Phone: (203) 432-1775

E-mail: askyalelibrary@yale.edu

Location

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.