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Library User Responsibilities

Loan policies at the Boston College Libraries

You are responsible for ensuring that the materials borrowed from BC Libraries are returned in the condition in which they were borrowed. You are also responsible for any charges incurred for late, lost or damaged library materials.  

Overdue Fines and Notifications

Overdue & Lost Materials

You are responsible for returning materials on their due date.  Materials that are not returned or renewed by their due date may incur fines or replacement costs. 

If an item is declared lost by the libraries, you will be charged a replacement fee.  In lieu of paying the replacement costs, you can purchase a new or like new copy of the exact item. The Head of Collection Development will review the replaced material and determine whether it is acceptable.  If not found acceptable, you will be held liable for the replacement fee. 

Unresolved financial accounts at the Libraries, including fines or non-returned recalls may result in the loss of borrowing privileges. For Boston College students, library fees are sent to University Students Accounts. Students who do not resolve their accounts may be prevented from registering for classes or may have their diploma or transcripts held.

Loan Policy Activity Notice Courtesy Notice Date Due Reminder Overdue Notice Replacement Bill Replacement Fee Overdue fine** Overdue Grace Period
Books (includes POP Reading) Sent monthly 2 days before due date On the due date 14 days after due date 29 days after due date $100* $0 n/a
Daily Technology  Not Applicable 2 days before due date On the due date One day overdue 5 days after due date Based on the individual item $20/day. Up to $100 24 hours

Course Reserves (Print & Media) 

Hourly Technology

Not Applicable At checkout 90 minutes before due time Two notices sent 4 and 5 days after due date 6 days after
due date
Based on the individual item $20/day. Up to $100 1 hour
Media Materials (DVDs, VHS, CDs, Vinyl,  Audiocassettes & POP DVD)  Sent monthly 2 days before due date On the due date No Notice 6 days after
due date
$50* $0 n/a

 * Replacement fees will be refunded if an item is returned within 6 months or before a replacement copy has been ordered.
** Overdue fines are not refundable.  Faculty & Staff are not subject to overdue fines.