Services

Borrowing Policies for Visiting Scholars

Research Cards are available for visiting scholars conducting research at SMU. The Dean or Chair of your department must request the research card on your behalf. Direct them to this form for the card application.

Books & Scores

Loan Period 120 days
Maximum Number 250 items
Renewals

2 renewals or 360 days total.
Items that have a hold or recall are not renewable.

Reserves 3 hour in-library use only; no renewals
Limited Access Materials Hamon: 3 hour in-library use only; 1 renewal
Overdue Fines
  • Regular: $1.00/day
  • Limited Access: $1.00/hour

Holds

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.
 

Audiovisual / Media

Loan Period 1 week
Maximum Number
    15 items
Renewals Hamon: 3 renewals
Reserves 3 hours, in-library use; no renewals
Limited Access Materials Hamon: 3 hours, in-library use; no renewals
Overdue Fines
  • Regular: $5.00/day
  • Limited Access and Reserves: $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 and Scores

$90

  • $15.00 maximum overdue fines
  • $75.00 lost replacement
Hamon Audiovisual Materials

$105

  • $30.00 maximum overdue fines
  • $75.00 lost replacement
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
  • $1,000.00 or more in fines/fees
  • Expired, lost, or stolen SMU ID card

Report your lost or stolen library cards to the library's Main Desk.