Policy for Overdue Items

Suspension of Borrowing Privileges


Effective: February 15, 2023 (As we do not collect fines, this policy has been put into place to ensure the timely return of materials)

This policy pertains to reserve items, here designated as items checked out on hourly loan periods.   

In order to guarantee that materials are available to all our users in a fair and equitable manner, the library will suspend the borrowing privileges of patrons who do not return items on time. If users continue to keep items out late after warnings, the suspensions will increase and, if they are students, the appropriate dean of their school will be informed.

Late Penalties

If a Reserve book or piece of equipment is returned more than 30 minutes late then a block will go into effect.

  • 1st offense: suspension of all borrowing privileges, to be lifted 24 hours after item is returned
  • 2nd offense: suspension of all borrowing privileges to be lifted one week (7 days) after return
  • 3rd offense: suspension of all borrowing privileges to be lifted one month after return and notification to the dean
  • 4th offense: suspension of all borrowing privileges for the remainder of the current semester and notification to the dean


Note: Suspension of borrowing privileges goes into effect once a given item is 30 minutes overdue, and will remain in effect for the periods listed above.

In the case of reserve items found unattended or overdue items returned the next calendar day/kept overnight, an additional 24 hours will be added to a patron block. For example, if a reserve item is due at 7:00 pm Monday and not returned until 9:00 am Tuesday, the patron will be blocked until 9:00 am on Thursday. Any addition or reduction of time given to blocks will be made with the discretion of library staff.