Borrow, Renew

Borrow, Renew


To borrow items from Bridwell Library, please present your SMU ID or library card in person at the circulation desk. As a borrower you are responsible for:

  • Keeping the items checked out to your account in your possession and in good condition
  • Returning or renewing library materials on or before the due date
  • Promptly returning any item that has been requested by another borrower
  • Reporting lost or stolen library cards
  • Paying any fines or fees incurred

SMU faculty, staff, and students with an active SMU ID may request to designate another person, called a "proxy”, to checkout library materials on the requestor’s behalf. The requester is solely responsible for all materials checked out by their proxy. The proxy must have an active SMU ID card or have a guest borrower card with a valid barcode number.

To request a proxy, fill out the SMU Libraries Proxy Request Form. It can be found here.

For loan periods, renewal and borrowing limits, and fines please click on the appropriate link below:


To renew Bridwell Library materials, please:

  • Go to My Library Account
  • Enter either your SMU ID and password, or log in using your Facebook credentials
  • Select the items you wish to renew

Items recalled by the library or requested by another borrower are not eligible for renewal.

Hold Requests

SMU students, faculty, or staff may request to hold items that are checked out. A hold request simply reserves the item upon its return to the library.

To hold an item find the item's record in the library catalog. Select the “Sign In” link (under the "Get It" section) and log in. Click "Request Local Copy" and complete the form.

Once an item is returned, the requester is notified and has five days to pick it up.

Account Blocks

When borrowers activate their library barcode for use they enter into an agreement with the SMU Libraries to abide by library rules and regulations.

Your library account will be automatically blocked when any of the following conditions occurs:

  • at least one item is overdue
  • one or more recalled items are overdue
  • you owe $100 or more to one or more SMU libraries
  • the expiration date of your library account has passed
  • your library or SMU ID card is reported stolen

All circulation activity, both in the library and online, will be suspended until the reason for the block is resolved.

Lost/Damaged Items

If an item is not returned or renewed within 30 days after the due date, it is considered lost and the borrower will be billed for its replacement.  Standard charges for lost and/or damaged items include a minimum $50 replacement fee, a $25 processing fee, and any accrued overdue fines.  If the lost item is returned in good condition prior to being replaced by the library, the replacement and processing fees will be reversed.

A lost/damaged item may be replaced by a duplicate copy in new or “as new” condition (Head of Acquisitions makes the final decision regarding acceptability). Overdue fines will still apply and a binding charge may also be assessed.

Paying Fines

Students, Staff, and Faculty

    • Once the fine appears in your account, you may pay online.
    • After two days, the fine is transferred and payments must be made to the Bursar's office.

Visitors and Alumni may pay online

If you have any questions regarding your account, please contact Access Services at