Due Dates & Loan Periods

Alert

ALERT: Overdue Fines Suspended

The Library is temporarily suspending all overdue fines until further notice, as part of our ongoing response to the coronavirus. All Library items, including Interlibrary Loan, reserve material, and recalled items will not be charged overdue fines when returned.


Alert

ALERT: Extended Due Dates

Due dates for all existing loans have been automatically extended, regardless of whether they were eligible for renewal.

  • Quarterly loan items are now due October 2, 2020
  • Annual loan items are now due May 1, 2021
  • Interlibrary Loan and all other items currently checked out on shorter-term loans are now due October 2, 2020

Alert

ALERT: No Spring or Summer 2020 Graduation Restrictions

The Library will not be preventing anyone from graduating at the end of Spring or Summer Quarter 2020.

Patrons with library fines, outstanding lost book charges, or unreturned material will be able to graduate.


Log in to My Library Account and select Checked Out Items to view due dates and times for all items loaned to your account.

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 (effective April 1, 2017)
  • Due date: May 1, unless recalled
  • Renewals: unlimited

Students, Staff, and Alumni

  • 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)

Alumni may purchase borrowing privileges at the ID & Privileges Office.

Northwestern Borrowers

UIC Faculty

  • Loan period: 28 days for Crerar; 6 weeks for all other libraries, unless recalled
  • Due date: varies; see My Library Account
  • Renewals: 3

Other Borrowers

If you are a borrower not listed above, see Access and Privileges for more information.

Recalled Items

Items will be recalled when needed for course reserve or when items requested by other patrons are not rapidly available via Interlibrary Loan.

  • 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.

Interlibrary Loan Items

Interlibrary Loan includes BorrowDirect and UBorrow.

  • Due date: varies; see My Library Account
  • Renewals: varies; not all items are eligible for renewal
  • Overdue fines: $5 per day ($100 maximum)
  • Billed as lost: 14 days after due due date if not renewed or returned

Reserves Items

Reserves items have specific due times (hour/minute) and are due immediately following that due time.

  • Loan period: typically 2, 4, or 24 hours
  • Due date/time: varies; see My Library Account
  • Renewals: none; reserves items may not be renewed
  • Overdue fines: $3 per hour ($100 maximum)
  • Billed as lost: 14 days after due due date if not returned
  • Borrowing limit: 2 reserves items at a time (excludes D'Angelo Law reserves)

Users must wait 20 minutes after returning a reserves item to borrow it again, unless an identical copy is currently available.

Short Term Loan Items

  • Loan period: typically 7 or 14 days
  • Due date: varies; see My Library Account
  • Renewals: none; short term loan items may not be renewed.
  • Overdue fines: $5 per day ($100 maximum)
  • Billed as lost: 14 days after due date if not returned

Short term loans include DVDs at D'Angelo Law Library (14 day loan) and selected items in Mansueto (7 day loan).

Video Games

  • Borrowing limit: 3 video games at a time
  • Loan period: same as standard loans
  • Due date: varies by borrower; see standard loans above
  • Renewals: varies by borrower; see standard loans above
  • Overdue fines: none, unless recalled
  • Billed as lost: 21 days after due due date if not returned

Consoles for game play are available at the Media Arts, Data and Design Center (MADD) on the first floor of Crerar.

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.