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Borrowing Policies

Fondren Library Center

Books

Book Loan Periods

  • Undergraduate Students: 3 weeks
  • Graduate Students: 120 days
  • Staff: 120 days
  • Faculty: 1 year
  • Reserves are either 2 hours (in-library use only) or 3 days.

Maximum Number of Book Items

  • Undergratuate Students: 50
  • Graduate Students: 250
  • Staff and Faculty: Unlimited

Renewals

  • Undergraduate: 5
  • Graduate and Staff: 3
  • Faculty 1-year book loans, unlimited renewals.
  • Playaways and books that have a hold or recall are not renewable.

Overdue Fines

  • Books: $.50/day
  • Reserves: $1.00/hour
  • Interlibrary Loan materials, and Recalls: $1.00/day
  • Faculty are only responsible for fines for Interlibrary Loan materials, and Recalls.

Recalls

A recall may be requested if an item is needed by another borrower. The loan period will be reduced and a notice sent to the original borrower requiring that the item be returned by the new due date. Fees will accrue past the new due date at the rate listed above.

Periodicals

Bound Periodical Loan Periods

  • Graduate Students, Staff, & Faculty: 7 days
  • Undergraduate Students: in-library use only

Renewals

  • No Renewals

Overdue fines

  • $.50/day, except for Faculty

Media

Media Loan Periods

  • Regular
    • Faculty: 7 days
    • Students and Staff: 3 days
  • Reserve
    • Students, Staff, and Faculty: 4 hours in-library use only
  • Limited Access
    • Faculty: 7 days
    • Students and Staff: 4 hours in-library use only

Maximum Number of Media Items

  • Reserve: 1
  • Faculty: Unlimited
  • Students and Staff: 3

Renewals

  • 1 renewal

Overdue Fines

  • Media: $5.00/day
  • Reserve: $1.00/hour

Lost Items

If library materials are not returned, the following lost item charges will apply:

  • Books and Periodicals: $90
    • $15.00 maximum overdue fines
    • $25.00 processing fee
    • $50.00 lost replacement
  • Media: $85
    • $30.00 maximum overdue fines
    • $25.00 processing fee
    • $30.00 lost replacement
  • Media Limited Access: $250
    • $30.00 maximum overdue fines
    • $25.00 processing fee
    • $195.00 lost replacement

Circulation Blocks

A suspension of library circulation privileges will occur, if any of these situations apply to your account:

  • 5 or more overdue items
  • 1 overdue recall
  • $20.00 or more in fines/fees
  • Expired, lost, or stolen SMU ID card

Report your lost or stolen SMU ID Cards to the library and the Park & Pony Office.

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