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Loan Periods

The length of loan periods depends upon type of material, type of borrower and popularity of the item..

Books & Periodicals

Format Location Loan Period Renew? Holds? Bookable? Limits
Books & Periodicals5th-10th floor3 weeks (undergraduates);
4 weeks (staff)
Books & Periodicals5th-10th floor120 days (faculty & grad students,
see long term loans note)
BooksReserve (2nd floor)2 hours;
24 hours
NoNoNostudents, faculty, staff
TextbooksReserve (2nd floor)2 hoursNoNoNostudents, faculty, staff
Popular Reading2nd floor3 weeks4YesNoN/A

Media (Audio-Visual)

Format Location Loan Period Renew? Holds? Book? Limits
CD (Music)Cabinet
(5th Floor)
3 weeks4YesNo10
Sound EffectsCabinet (5th Floor)3 daysNoNoNo4
Videos & DVD
(2nd floor)
3 hoursNoNoYes (TMU only)2
Videos & DVDAV shelves
(5th floor)
7 days3YesYes4

For more information including liability, please see Borrowing AV Material.

Technology & Equipment

Format Location Loan Period Renew? Holds? Book? Limits
Calculators, CD and DVD Players, Headphones, Laptops, Smart Board MarkersReserve (2nd floor)8 hoursNoNoNo1
Cameras, GoPros, Microphones, TripodsReserve (2nd floor)48 hoursNoNoNo1

If the user’s card expires prior to the item’s due date, the card’s expiry date becomes the item’s due date.

Long-term Loans for Faculty and Graduate Students

All faculty and graduate students have 120 day loans for regular circulating 3-week books only with the option for 4 renewals. Many faculty and graduate students have indicated that they would like to have longer loan periods due to the nature of their academic work, and without the requirement to continually renew items.

Long-term loans will only apply to items in the regular circulating collection, and excludes 7-day loans, items on reserve, and the Audio-Visual collection. Long-term loans will still be subject to holds and recalls.

The Library hopes that long-term loans will support the teaching and research needs of faculty and graduate students.

Maximum Items Borrowed

For full and part-time students, faculty, and staff there is no limit placed on the number of books that may be borrowed from the main collection; restrictions are placed on items from the Reserve and Audio Visual collections.

Alumni, borrowers from other universities, and external borrowers may borrow a maximum of 10 items.