Services

Borrowing Policies for Guests

Guests Eligible for a Library Card

Affiliated with SMU
Not Affiliated with SMU
  • TexShare Card Holders
  • Dallas Teachers
  • Dallas City Officials
  • Faculty participating in the OCLC Reciprocal Borrowing program

SMU Alumni Cards and 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.

Books & Scores

Loan Period 3 weeks
Maximum Number

10 items

Renewals

3 renewals
Items will be automatically renewed unless there is a hold on the item.
Guest borrowers are not eligible to place holds on materials.

Overdue Fines

Regular: $1.00/day

Audiovisual / Media

Loan Period

7 days

Maximum Number 1 item
Renewals No renewals
Limited Access Materials

4 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. 

Alumni Card holders have access to select databases.  No off-campus database access is available for other guest card holders. 

 

Lost Items

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

Books, Scores, and Periodicals

$90

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

$105

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

$225

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

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