Borrowing Policies for Current and Retired Faculty

Books & Scores

Loan Period 1 year
Maximum Number Unlimited
Renewals Unlimited
Items that have a hold are not renewable.

3 hours in-library use, 24 hours, or 3 days; no renewals

Overdue Fines Faculty are only responsible for fines on Interlibrary Loan materials, recalls and equipment loans. 
Interlibrary Loan materials and recalls: $1/day


A hold may be requested if an item is needed by another borrower. The loan period will be reduced and a notice sent to the original borrower requiring that the item be returned by the new due date. Fees will accrue past the new due date at the rate listed above.

Bound Periodicals

In-library use only.


Audiovisual / Media

Loan Period 1 week
Maximum Number Unlimited
Renewals 3 renewals

3 hours in-library use only, no renewals

Limited Access Materials 1 week, 3 renewals
Overdue Fines

Regular: $5/day
Limited Access and Reserves: $1/hour


iPads, Chromebooks, Chromebook Chargers, Elitebooks, Elitebooks Chargers

1 week loan period
2 renewals

Mac Chargers, Phone Chargers, Mac Adapters, Calculators, HDMI Cable, Projectors

4 hour loan period
no renewal
$1/hour overdue fine

Lost Items

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

Books, Scores, and Periodicals


  • $15.00 maximum overdue fines
  • $75.00 lost replacement


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


  • $30.00 maximum overdue fines
  • $195.00 lost replacement

Circulation Blocks

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

  • 1 overdue recall
  • $1,000.00 or more in fines/fees
  • Expired, lost, or stolen SMU ID card

Report your lost or stolen SMU ID Cards to the library and Parking & ID Card Services.