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University Libraries

Borrowing and Lending Policies

 Borrowing Privileges

University of Denver faculty, staff, and students may borrow materials using their DU identification cards. 

Fines for overdue material accrue at the rate of $.50/day/book to a maximum of $15.00. Borrowing is restricted on records with fines totaling $45.00 ($15.00 for visitors) or more. Fines for overdue recalled material accrue at the rate of $1.00/day/book to a maximum $25.00 fine. Books are declared "lost" after being overdue 30 days. A patron who loses or damages a book must pay the replacement cost and a $25.00 processing fee.

For specific borrowing policies, please choose an affiliation in the list below.

Faculty, Adjunct, & Emeriti

Academic Year (Due Date: May 15)

PhD Students

Academic Year (Due Date: May 15)

Graduate Students

10 weeks from day of checkout


10 weeks from day of checkout

Undergraduate Students

3 weeks from day of checkout

DU Alumni

3 weeks from day of checkout (25 item limit)


3 weeks from day of checkout (6 item limit)

The check-out of any University Libraries material constitutes agreement by the borrower to abide by the following borrowing policies.

Return of Items

Material is due no later than the due date. To renew your items, use "View Library Account" or call the Lending Desk at 303-871-3707. Books and media may be placed in the outside book drops or brought to the Lending Desk. Reserve items must be returned to the Lending Desk.

Borrowing material for others is strongly discouraged. If you lend University Libraries material checked out to you to someone else and they do not return it, you are liable for overdue fines, replacement charges, and processing fees.

Lost or Damaged Items

Most items are declared lost after being overdue for 30 days. Lost or damaged items are subject to a replacement cost and a $25 processing fee. Items not owned by University Libraries are subject to fines as agreed upon with the lending institution.

Graduation and Stop Outs

Students must have returned all Library material and cleared all fines to be eligible to receive their transcripts, diplomas, or signatures on Stop Out forms. Graduation candidates on the Registrar's list receive an e-mail from the Library notifying them of outstanding Library obligations two weeks prior to graduation. It is their responsibility to check with Access Services staff to ascertain that their record is clear. Students who have graduated may continue to use the Library as an alumni.

Response to Recall NOtices

You are required to respond immediately to recall notices, even if you have a book checked out for an entire quarter. For example, if a book is recalled you must return it by the new due date to avoid overdue fines and other possible charges.

Short-Term LOans

Patrons are eligible to renew select library material, provided that a hold is not currently placed on the item by another patron. When items that do not allow holds, such as short-term checkout items on Reserve or Circulating Gadgets (computer charges, phone chargers, etc.), are requested by another patron, the items may not be renewed for the patron when the item is returned. Instead, the patron will need to wait 15 minutes to re-checkout the item in order to give other patrons a chance to use the item that has been requested. This action will only be taken when specific items have been asked for at the desk while they are checked out, not as a blanket policy effecting all short-term checkout items.

Patrons are limited to checking out 2 of the circulating gadgets at any given time. This is done to allow as many patrons as possible to utilize the limited quantity of circulating gadgets.