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Other Circulation Policies

Loan (Checkout) Periods

Item  Checkout Period
Books 180 Days
Bound Journals 2 days
CDs (audio) 7 days
DVD & Videos 7 days
Interlibrary Loans Varies. Lending Library decides
Laptops N/A
Maps 14 days
PASCAL Same as other materials except bound journals - 7 days
Prospector Audiovisual 7 days
Prospector Books 21 days
Reserves Set by Instructor: 2, 4, 24, or 72 hours
Unbound (new) Journals Only with Permission from Library Research Staff

Item Checkout Period 
Books 180 Days
Bound Journals 2 days
CDs (audio) Only if TA
DVD & Videos 7 days
Interlibrary Loans Varies. Lending Library decides
Laptops 2 hours
Maps 14 days
PASCAL Same as other materials except bound journals - 7 days
Prospector Audiovisual 7 days
Prospector Books 21 days
Reserves Set by Instructor: 2, 4, 24, or 72 hours
Unbound (new) Journals Only with Permission from Library Research Staff

Item Checkout Period
Books 28 days
Bound Journals 2 days
CDs (audio) N/A
DVD & Videos 7 days
Interlibrary Loans Varies. Lending Library decides
Laptops 2 hours
Maps 14 days
PASCAL Same as other materials except bound journals - 7 days
Prospector Audiovisual 7 days
Prospector Books 21 days
Reserves Set by Instructor: 2, 4, 24, or 72 hours
Unbound (new) Journals Only with Permission from Library Research Staff

Item Checkout Period
Books 28 days
Bound Journals 2 days
CDs (audio) N/A
DVD & Videos 7 days
Interlibrary Loans N/A
Laptops N/A
Maps 14 days
PASCAL Same as other materials except bound journals - 7 days
Prospector Audiovisual N/A
Prospector Books N/A
Reserves N/A
Unbound (new) Journals Only with Permission from Library Research Staff

Item Checkout Period
Books 28 days
Bound Journals In house only
CDs (audio) N/A
DVD & Videos 7 days
Interlibrary Loans N/A
Laptops N/A
Maps 14 days
PASCAL Same as other materials except bound journals - 7 days
Prospector Audiovisual N/A
Prospector Books N/A
Reserves N/A
Unbound (new) Journals N/A

Item Checkout Period 
Books 28 days 
Bound Journals In-house only
CDs (audio) N/A
DVD & Videos 7 days
Interlibrary Loans N/A
Laptops N/A
Maps 14 days
PASCAL Same as other materials except bound journals - 7 days
Prospector Audiovisual N/A
Prospector Books N/A
Reserves N/A
Unbound (new) Journals N/A

Special Student category includes Senior auditors and Reciprocal students.

Item Checkout Period
Books 28 days
Bound Journals 2 days
CDs (audio) N/A
DVD & Videos 7 days
Interlibrary Loans Varies. Lending Library decides.
Laptops 2 hours
Maps 14 days
PASCAL Same as other materials except bound journals - 7 days
Prospector Audiovisual 7 days
Prospector Books 21 days
Reserves Set by Instructor: 2, 4, 24, or 72 hours
Unbound (new) Journals Only with permission from Library Research Staff

Library Privileges by Patron Type

Item/Service Privilege 
Checkout Yes
Checkout limit (most materials) 500
Checkout limit (exceptions)

5 each of Bound journals, DVDs, Reserves, Videos

40 Prospector

Interlibrary Loan Yes
Off campus access to electronic databases Yes
Prospector Yes
Recalls Yes
Renewal  Yes.  Unlimited unless recalled on most but not all items.

Item/Service Privilege 
Checkout Yes
Checkout limit (most materials) 300
Checkout limit (exceptions)

5 each of Bound journals, DVDs, Reserves, Videos

40 Prospector

Interlibrary Loan Yes
Off campus access to electronic databases Yes
Prospector Yes
Recalls Yes
Renewal  Yes.  Unlimited unless recalled on most but not all items.

Item/Service Privilege 
Checkout Yes
Checkout limit (most materials) 300
Checkout limit (exceptions)

5 each of Bound journals, DVDs, Reserves, Videos

40 Prospector

Interlibrary Loan Yes
Off campus access to electronic databases Yes
Prospector Yes
Recalls Yes
Renewal  Yes.  Unlimited unless recalled on most but not all items.

Item/Service Privilege
Checkout Yes
Checkout limit (most materials) 300
Checkout limit (exceptions)

5 each of Bound journals, DVDs, Reserves, Videos

40 Prospector

Interlibrary Loan No
Off campus access to electronic databases No. Try through home campus.
Prospector No
Recalls Yes
Renewal  Yes.  Unlimited unless recalled on most but not all items.

Item/Service Privilege 
Checkout Yes
Checkout limit (most materials) 20
Checkout limit (exceptions)

5 each of Bound journals, DVDs, Reserves, Videos

5 Bound journals for Friends Gold

Interlibrary Loan No
Off campus access to electronic databases No
Prospector No
Recalls Yes
Renewal  4 on most, but not all items

Item/Service Privilege
Checkout Yes
Checkout limit (most materials) 50
Checkout limit (exceptions)

5 each of Bound journals, DVDs, Reserves, Videos

Interlibrary Loan No
Off campus access to electronic databases No
Prospector No
Recalls Yes
Renewal  Yes.  Unlimited unless recalled on most but not all items.

Special Student category includes Senior auditors and Reciprocal students.

Item/Service Privilege
Checkout Yes
Checkout limit (most materials) 300
Checkout limit (exceptions)

5 each of Bound journals, DVDs, Reserves, Videos

40 Prospector

Interlibrary Loan Yes, if they have an Identikey
Off campus access to electronic databases Yes, if they have an Identikey
Prospector Yes
Recalls Yes
Renewal  Yes.  Unlimited unless recalled on most but not all items.

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Fees and Fines

Some non-CU Boulder affiliate library accounts have a registration fee.  Please see our Borrowing Privileges for more information.

Overdue fines are assessed on certain high-use items, equipment, study rooms, and recalled/requested materials.  See the Fines and Fees Schedule below for more information.

Standard replacement fees are assessed on all items so overdue a bill is produced.  Items that check-out for less than 28 days and recalled/requested items bill at 30 days overdue.  All other items bill at 90 days overdue.

Standard replacement fees vary by material type and may be assessed at any of these three levels:

  • High
    $400.00
  • Medium
    $200.00
  • Low
    $ 50.00

Current retail value replacement fees instead of standard replacement fees may be assessed on certain equipment items.

Replacement fees are waived once the item is returned or replaced.

An additional, non-refundable $10.00 per item billing fee is assessed on materials so overdue that a bill is produced, whether or not fines are assessed.

    Paying Fees and Fines

    Payments for fees and fines are only accepted in Norlin Library at Circulation Patron Services.  We accept checks, Visa, Mastercard, or Discover.  No cash, please.

    • In person at Norlin Library:  drop off your payment at the Circulation Desk. 
    • Over the phone using your credit card:  please call our Patron Accounts office - 303-735-5144, Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm
    • By mail:  Please include the upper portion of the bill.  Payment information is located on the back.  Make checks payable to “University of Colorado.”  Include your student or library account ID number on your check.  Mail payments to:
    University of Colorado at Boulder
    Norlin Library, Dept. of Circulation
    Patron Accounts Office
    184 UCB, 1720 Pleasant Street
    Boulder, Colorado 80309-0184

    A $20 fee will be assessed for returned checks.  We are unable to accept online payments at this time.

    Appealing Fines

    If you would like to appeal a fine, please contact the library service desk where you checked-out the item, or contact Circulation Patron Services:

     

    Fees and Fines Schedule

    Item Fine
    Books None, unless recalled or on reserve
    Recalled or on reserve for another user $2.00/day
    Bound Journals None, unless recalled or on reserve
    CDs (audio) None, unless recalled or on reserve
    DVDs & Videos None, unless booked for classroom use
    Interlibrary Loans None, though account is blocked for overdue materials
    Laptops N/A
    Maps None, unless recalled or on reserve
    PASCAL None, unless recalled or on reserve
    Prospector None, unless recalled
    Reserves $2.00/hour

    Item Fine
    Books None, unless recalled or on reserve
    Recalled or on reserve for another user $2.00/day
    Bound Journals None, unless recalled or on reserve
    CDs (audio) None, unless recalled or on reserve
    DVDs & Videos None, unless booked for classroom use
    Interlibrary Loans None, though account is blocked for overdue materials
    Laptops $5.00/hour
    Maps None, unless recalled or on reserve
    PASCAL None, unless recalled or on reserve
    Prospector None, unless recalled
    Reserves $2.00/hour

    Item Fine
    Books None, unless recalled or on reserve
    Recalled or on reserve for another user $2.00/day
    Bound Journals None, unless recalled or on reserve
    CDs (audio) None, unless recalled or on reserve
    DVDs & Videos None, unless booked for classroom use
    Interlibrary Loans None, though account is blocked for overdue materials
    Laptops $5.00/hour
    Maps None, unless recalled or on reserve
    PASCAL None, unless recalled or on reserve
    Prospector None, unless recalled
    Reserves $2.00/hour

    Item Fine
    Books None, unless recalled or on reserve
    Recalled or on reserve for another user $2.00/day
    Bound Journals None, unless recalled or on reserve
    CDs (audio) None, unless recalled or on reserve
    DVDs & Videos None, unless booked for classroom use
    Interlibrary Loans N/A
    Laptops N/A
    Maps None, unless recalled or on reserve
    PASCAL None, unless recalled or on reserve
    Prospector N/A
    Reserves N/A

    Item Fine
    Books None, unless recalled or on reserve
    Recalled or on reserve for another user $2.00/day
    Bound Journals None, unless recalled or on reserve
    CDs (audio) None, unless recalled or on reserve
    DVDs & Videos None, unless booked for classroom use
    Interlibrary Loans N/A
    Laptops N/A
    Maps None, unless recalled or on reserve
    PASCAL None, unless recalled or on reserve
    Prospector N/A
    Reserves N/A

    Item Fine
    Books None, unless recalled or on reserve
    Recalled or on reserve for another user $2.00/day
    Bound Journals None, unless recalled or on reserve
    CDs (audio) None, unless recalled or on reserve
    DVDs & Videos None, unless booked for classroom use
    Interlibrary Loans N/A
    Laptops N/A
    Maps None, unless recalled or on reserve
    PASCAL None, unless recalled or on reserve
    Prospector N/A
    Reserves N/A

    Special Student category includes Senior auditors and Reciprocal students.

    Item Fine
    Books None, unless recalled or on reserve
    Recalled or on reserve for another user $2.00/day
    Bound Journals None, unless recalled or on reserve
    CDs (audio) None, unless recalled or on reserve
    DVDs & Videos None, unless booked for classroom use
    Interlibrary Loans None, though account is blocked for overdue materials
    Laptops $5.00/hour
    Maps None, unless recalled or on reserve
    PASCAL None, unless recalled or on reserve
    Prospector None, unless recalled
    Reserves $2.00/hour

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