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University Libraries

University Libraries

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 paused when fines total $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. 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

10 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)


Returning Items

Books and media may be placed in the outside book drops or brought to the Lending Desk. Reserve items and gadgets must be returned to the Lending Desk.

Renewing Items

To renew items, patrons can login to their library account or call the Lending Desk at 303-871-3707. Patrons can renew most library material, provided another patron has not placed a hold on the item.

Lost or Damaged Items

Most items are declared lost after being overdue for 30 days. Patrons will be charged the replacement cost plus a $25 processing fee for lost or damaged items. Items not owned by University Libraries are subject to fines determined by the lending institution.

Graduation Holds

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 determine that their library account is clear.

Response to Recall Notices

If a book is recalled, patrons must return it by the new due date to avoid overdue fines and other possible charges.

Short-Term Loans

Patrons may check out two items from the circulating gadgets collection at a time. These items check out for six hours and cannot be renewed. Physical Course Reserve lending policies