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Borrowing Policies

Fondren Library Center

How to Obtain Your Library Card

Eligible Visitor Borrowers

The following groups are eligible for a Visitor library card:

SMU Affiliated

  • Colophon/Friends of the Library
  • SMU Alumni (annual fee)
  • SMU Board of Trustees
  • Spouse of SMU Faculty/Staff
  • Ministers/House Mothers of SMU
  • Local Ministers supervising SMU Interns
  • Visiting Faculty doing research at SMU
  • Bridwell Associate

SMU Non-Affiliated

  • TexShare Card holders
  • Dallas Teachers
  • Dallas City Officials
  • Faculty participating in the OCLC Reciprocal Borrowing program

Books

Loan Periods

  • 3 weeks

Renewals

  • Undergraduate and Public Library TexShare borrowers: 1 renewal
  • Other TexShare borrowers and all other Visitors: 5 renewals
  • Borrowers may renew if there are no holds or recalls on the item. Renewals may be made online.
  • Guest borrowers are not eligible to place holds or recalls on materials.

Maximum Number of Book Items

  • Undergraduate and Public Library TexShare borrowers: 5 items
  • Other TexShare borrowers and all other Visitors: 10 items

Overdue Fines

  • $1.00/day

DVD / Video

Loan Periods

  • Regular: 3 days, no renewals
  • Limited Access: 4 hours, in-library use only

Maximum Number of Media Items

  • 1 item

Overdue Fines

  • $5.00/day

All Other Library Materials

Guest borrowers are not eligible to check out other items, but are welcome to use them in-house.

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:

  • 1 overdue recall
  • $20.00 or more in fines/fees
  • Expired, lost, or stolen library card

Report your lost or stolen library card to the library.

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