Borrowing Policies for Students

Borrowing Policies for Students

Consult this page for additional information regarding renewals, requesting items from Bryn Mawr and Haverford, recalls, returns, fines, and penalty points. Please remember that abuse of library privileges or failure to pay fines may result in suspension of borrowing privileges, including Interlibrary Loan services. Contact the Circulation Desk with any questions regarding your library record.

Books

  • Books

    • Loan Period: 28 days, or 1 semester for seniors.
    • Renewals: 2
    • Overdue Fines: No daily fines, however you will be responsible for the item's replacement cost plus fees after 3 overdue notices.
  • Audio Books

    • Loan Period: 28 days, or 1 semester for seniors.
    • Renewals: 2
    • Overdue Fines: No daily fines, however you will be responsible for the item's replacement cost plus fees after 3 overdue notices.
  • Popular Reading Room Books

    • Loan Period: 28 days, or 1 semester for seniors.
    • Renewals: 2
    • Overdue Fines: No daily fines, however you will be responsible for the item's replacement cost plus fees after 3 overdue notices.
  • Reference Books from McCabe & Underhill

    • Loan Period: 1 day
    • Renewals: Non-renewable
    • Overdue Fines: $1 per day. You will be responsible for the item's replacement cost plus fees after 3 overdue notices.
  • Books from Bryn Mawr & Haverford

    • Loan Period: 28 days, or 1 semester for seniors
    • Renewals: 2
    • Overdue Fines: No daily fines, however you will be responsible for the item's replacement cost plus fees after 3 overdue notices.


Reserves

Accruing 10 penalty points results in the loss of overnight reserve borrowing privileges (a "block") for one week.
In addition, if a you incur three or more blocks in a semester, the Libraries may notify the Academic Dean.

  • General Reserves from McCabe & Underhill

    • Loan Period: During the day, materials check out for 2 hours, for use in the library only. Books may be checked out overnight after 9:30pm Sunday through Friday, and after 4pm Saturday. Items checked out overnight are due back at the library at 9:30am Monday through Friday, and 12pm on weekends
    • Renewals: Non-renewable
    • Overdue Fines: 1 penalty point per hour
  • General Reserves from Cornell

    • Loan Period: 2 hours, for use in the library only.
    • Renewals: 1 renewal in person at the Circulation Desk, unless the item has been requested by another patron.
    • Overdue Fines: 1 penalty point per hour
  • Video Reserves

    • Loan Period: 4 hours, for use in the library only. Some materials check out for 1 day.
    • Renewals: Non-renewable
    • Overdue Fines: 1 penalty point per hour
  • Active Honor Reserves

    • Loan Period: Due 1pm the following day regardless of check out time.
    • Renewals - McCabe & Underhill: Unlimited renewals by phone or in person at the Reserves Desk, unless the item has been requested by another patron.
    • Renewals - Cornell: 1, unless the item has been requested by another patron.
    • Overdue Fines: 1 penalty point per hour
  • Inactive Honor Reserves

    • Loan Period: 28 days, or 1 semester for seniors. All honors reserves become active on April 1 to benefit those studying for exams, and are subject to recall. If you have a concern or question, please email circ@swarthmore.edu or visit the Reserves Desk.
    • Renewals: 2
    • Overdue Fines: No daily fines, however you will be responsible for the item's replacement cost plus fees after 3 overdue notices.

Laptops, iPads, & More

  • MacBook Pros

    • Loan Period: 4 hours, for use in the library only.
    • Renewals: Non-renewable
    • Overdue Fines: 150 penalty points per hour
  • iPads

    A limited number of iPad keyboards are also available.

    • Loan Period: 1 day
    • Renewals: 2
    • Overdue Fines: 250 penalty points per day
  • Cables & Adapters

    VGA/SVGA, HDMI, and audio cables, and Mac adapters

    • Loan Period: 6 hours
    • Renewals: Non-renewable
    • Overdue Fines: No daily fines, however you will be responsible for the item's replacement cost plus fees after 3 overdue notices.
  • Chargers for MacBooks & Phones

    • Loan Period: 6 hours
    • Renewals: Non-renewable
    • Overdue Fines: No daily fines, however you will be responsible for the item's replacement cost plus fees after 3 overdue notices.
  • Headphones

    Earbuds are also available for purchase for $0.75.

    • Loan Period: 6 hours
    • Renewals: Non-renewable
    • Overdue Fines: No daily fines, however you will be responsible for the item's replacement cost plus fees after 3 overdue notices.
  • Other Equipment

    Laptop Locks

    • Loan Period: 4 hours, for use in the library only.
    • Renewals: Non-renewable
    • Overdue Fines: 50 penalty points per hour

    Locker Keys

    • Loan Period: 1 day
    • Renewals: Non-renewable
    • Overdue Fines: No daily fines, however you will be responsible for the item's replacement cost plus fees after 3 overdue notices.

    Remote Controls
    For use with televisions and peripherals in the viewing rooms on Level 3.

    • Loan Period: 6 hours, for use in the library only.
    • Renewals: Non-renewable
    • Overdue Fines: No daily fines, however you will be responsible for the item's replacement cost plus fees after 3 overdue notices.

Journals

  • Individual Issues

    McCabe & Underhill

    • Loan Period: 7 days
    • Renewals: 1
    • Overdue Fines: No daily fines, however you will be responsible for the item's replacement cost plus fees after 3 overdue notices.

    Cornell

    • Loan Period: Non-circulating
  • Bound Volumes

    McCabe & Underhill

    • Loan Period: 28 days
    • Renewals: 2
    • Overdue Fines: No daily fines, however you will be responsible for the item's replacement cost plus fees after 3 overdue notices.

    Cornell

    • Loan Period: Non-circulating

Multimedia and Other Materials

  • DVDs & Videos

    • Loan Period: 7 days, with a limit of 5 items
    • Renewals: 1 four day renewal
    • Overdue Fines: $1 per day
  • CDs & LPs

    • Loan Period: 7 days
    • Renewals: 2
    • Overdue Fines: No daily fines, however you will be responsible for the item's replacement cost plus fees after 3 overdue notices.
  • Scores

    • Loan Period: 1 semester
    • Renewals: 1
    • Overdue Fines: No daily fines, however you will be responsible for the item's replacement cost plus fees after 3 overdue notices.
  • E-Z Borrow Materials

    • Loan Period: 28 days
    • Renewals: 2
    • Overdue Fines: $1 per day