Due Dates & Loan Periods

Services & Policies Have Changed

Library services and policies on this page have been updated in response to the COVID-19 emergency.

Extended Due Dates

  • All items checked out from University of Chicago collections that were due after the Library closed as a result of COVID-19 or checked out using our new Paging and Pickup service now have due dates extended to January 8, 2021 or later.
  • All items borrowed through Interlibrary Loan that were due after the Library closed as a result of COVID-19 have had their due dates extended to October 23, 2020.
  • Items that were due before the Library closed on March 20 have not had due dates extended and should be returned to the Library as soon as possible.
  • The Library reserves the right to recall specific items on earlier dates when necessary.

Standard Loans (UChicago Library Items)

  • Loan Period & due date: varies by borrower; see below
  • Overdue fines: none, unless recalled
  • Billed as lost: 21 days after due date if not renewed or returned

Faculty

  • Loan period: annual
  • Due date: May 1, unless recalled
  • Renewals: unlimited

Students and Staff

  • Loan period: quarterly
  • Due date: Friday of first week of following quarter, unless recalled
  • Renewals: 3 (except for Ph.D / J.S.D. students: unlimited)

Other Borrowers

At this time, only current UChicago faculty, students, and staff may borrow items, via Paging & Pickup.

Interlibrary Loan Items

  • Due date: varies; see My Library Account
  • Renewals: varies; not all items are eligible for renewal
  • Overdue fines: none, unless recalled
  • Billed as lost: 14 days after due due date if not renewed or returned

Recalled Items

The Library reserves the right to recall items from patron accounts if needed.

  • Due date: 7 days after recall; see My Library Account
  • Renewals: none; recalled items may not be renewed
  • Overdue fines: $5 per day ($100 maximum)
  • Billed as lost: 14 days after due due date if not returned

Note: A recalled item overdue by 3 or more days will result in the temporary suspension of borrowing and renewing privileges.

Reserves Items & Short Term Loans

Fall 2020 course reserves will be made available electronically via Canvas.

Some items on permanent reserve and other short term loans may be loaned as an exception. Overdue fines for these items are temporarily suspended.

Notices from the Library

As a courtesy, the Library will routinely send email notices to borrowers about recalled items, due dates, overdue items, fines, and lost items.

Borrowers are responsible for keeping track of due dates and returning Library materials on time whether or not they receive such notices and are responsible for paying any fines or fees incurred as a result of failing to do so.

The library uses the most current email address on file to send notices. All Library users are responsible for keeping their contact information current.