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Borrowing Policies for Visitors / Guest Borrowers

How to Obtain Your Library Card

  • SMU Alumni Cards may be obtained online or in person at the Fondren Library Main Desk.
  • Colophon/Friends of the Library cards may be obtained online or in person at the Fondren Library Main Desk.
  • All other guest cards must be obtained in person at the Fondren Library Main Desk.

Eligible Visitor Borrowers

The following groups are eligible for a Visitor library card:

SMU Affiliated

SMU Non-Affiliated

  • TexShare Card holders
  • Dallas Teachers
  • Dallas City Officials
  • Faculty participating in the OCLC Reciprocal Borrowing program

Policies that differ between Fondren Library Center and Hamon Arts Library are noted below.

Books & Scores

Loan Period 3 weeks
Maximum Number

10 items

Renewals
  • 3 renewals
  • Items will be automatically renewed unless there is a hold or recall on the item.
  • Guest borrowers are not eligible to place holds or recalls on materials.
Limited Access Materials
  • Hamon: 3 hours in-library use; 1 renewal
Overdue Fines
  • Regular: $1.00/day
  • Hamon Limited Access: $1.00/hour

Audiovisual / Media

Loan Period
  • Fondren: 3 days
  • Hamon: 3 hours, in-library use only
Maximum Number 1 item
Renewals No renewals
Limited Access Materials
  • Fondren: 4 hours, in-library use; no renewals
  • Hamon: 3 hours, in-library use; no renewals
Overdue Fines
  • Regular: $5.00/day
  • Limited Access: $1.00/hour

All Other Library Materials

Guest borrowers are not eligible to check out other items, but are welcome to use them in-house.
 

Lost Items

If library materials are not returned, the following lost item charges will apply:

Books, Scores, and Periodicals
Periodical charges apply at Fondren only

$90

  • $15.00 maximum overdue fines
  • $75.00 lost replacement
Fondren Media

$105

  • $30.00 maximum overdue fines
  • $75.00 lost replacement
Hamon Audiovisual Materials

$105

  • $30.00 maximum overdue fines
  • $75.00 lost replacement
Fondren Media Limited Access
Hamon Limited Access Materials

$225

  • $30.00 maximum overdue fines
  • $195.00 lost replacement
Hamon Audiovisual Limited Access

$350

  • $30.00 maximum overdue fines
  • $295.00 lost replacement

Circulation Blocks

A suspension of library circulation privileges will occur, if any of these situations apply to your account:

  • 1 overdue recall
  • $20.00 or more in fines/fees
  • Expired, lost, or stolen library card

Report your lost or stolen library card to the library’s Main Desk.