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.

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 3 hours. 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: 6 hours, for use in the library only.
    • Renewals: Non-renewable
    • Privileges revoked after accumulating 5 overdue hours/semester
  • iPads

    A limited number of iPad keyboards are also available.

    • Loan Period: 2 days
    • Renewals: Non-renewable
    • Privileges revoked after accumulating 4 overdue days/semester
  • Cables & Adapters

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

    • Loan Period: 6 hours
    • Renewals: Non-renewable
    • Overdue Fines: No daily fines, however there are replacement costs plus fees after 3 overdue notices.
  • Chargers for MacBooks & Phones

    • Loan Period: 6 hours
    • Renewals: Non-renewable
    • Overdue Fines: No daily fines, however there are replacement costs 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 there are replacement costs plus fees after 3 overdue notices.
  • Other Equipment

    Laptop Locks

    • Loan Period: 6 hours, for use in the library only.
    • Renewals: Non-renewable
    • Overdue Fines: No daily fines, however there are replacement costs plus fees after 3 overdue notices.

    Locker Keys

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