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Library Borrowing Privileges

Library borrowing privileges (excluding Underwood Law Library) are a benefit at the Associate level and above. These privileges pertain to books only. Access to the Internet and some computer databases is limited to current SMU students, faculty and staff only.

The fair market value of the library borrowing privileges has been determined to be $50. Therefore, all contributions in excess of that amount are tax deductible. Your gift is fully deductible if you choose to decline borrowing privileges, as long as you notify us in writing.

Policies that differ among libraries are noted below.

Books & Scores

Loan Period                                                           Twelve weeks (includes three automatic renewals)

Maximum Number                                                 Ten items

Renewals                                                               Three automatic renewals with a total loan period of 84 days

                                                                               Borrowers may renew if there are no holds or recalls 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/day

                                                                                Hamon Limited Access: $1/hour

 

           

Audiovisual / Media

                  

Loan Period                                                            Fondren: 3 days

                                                                                Hamon: 3 hours, in-library use only

Maximum Number                                                 Fondren/Hamon: 1 item

                                                                                Bridwell: 10 items total (A/V and/or books)

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/day

                                                                                Limited Access: $1/hour

All Other Library Materials

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

Unreturned or Lost items Items

If library materials are not returned for any reason, the following item charges will apply:

 

Books, Scores, and Periodicals
Periodical charges apply at Fondren only                 
$90

                                                                                                   $15 maximum overdue fines

                                                                                                   $75 lost replacement

Fondren Media                                                         $105

                                                                                                    $30 maximum overdue fines

                                                                                                    $75 lost replacement

Hamon Audiovisual Materials                                    $105

                                                                                                     $30 maximum overdue fines

                                                                                                     $75 lost replacement

Fondren Media Limited Access
Hamon Limited Access Materials                                
$225

                                                                                                      $30 maximum overdue fines

                                                                                                       $195 lost replacement

Hamon Audiovisual Limited Access                              $350

                                                                                                       $30 maximum overdue fines

                                                                                                       $295 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 or more in fines/fees

Expired, lost, or stolen library card

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

Other

The SMU libraries reserve the right to revoke the borrowing privileges of anyone who does not comply with the rules stated above.
For further information, call the Friends Office at 214-768-3225.