Check Out Materials

Materials available for checkout at the Circulation Desk:

Item Type

Loan Period

Fine

Reserve items

Books:
1- or 2-hour loan period
24-, 48-, or 72-hour loan period

DVDs:
3-hour loan

$5 per hour (hourly items)

$5 per day (for 24+ hour loan period)

Regular books
Deaf media

Varies by RIT affiliation

$10 fine when a book has been billed

$1 per day when book has been requested by another patron and has not been returned by the recall date

Laptops

4 hours

$5 per hour for each item (laptop and charger)

Calculators
Laptop chargers and locks
Whiteboard markers
HDMI cables

4 hours

$5 per hour

RIT students, faculty, staff, and alumni may borrow library materials by presenting a current RIT ID at the Circulation Desk at the time of checkout. Two forms of ID are required to borrow a laptop.

Fines for hourly loan items are assessed after a brief grace period, then continue to accumulate at the rates above.

If you have a fines balance of $5 or more, your borrowing privileges are suspended until the fines are paid.

Book Loan Period

Affiliation with RIT

Loan Period *

Renewals **

Number of Items at a Time

Undergraduate

3 weeks

3 times

Unlimited

Graduate

End of semester

3 times

Unlimited

Regular Faculty/Staff

End of academic year

2 times

Unlimited

Alumni

3 weeks

3 times

10

Osher Lifelong Learning Members

3 weeks

3 times

10

Family Borrowers

3 weeks

3 times

10

Other Patrons

May vary by patron

None

5

* For regular circulating materials on the 3rd and 4th floor. Reserves, multimedia, and some other materials have shorter loan periods.

** See the Recall Policy for further clarification of the renewal policy.

Recall Notices

If a patron requests a book that is currently checked out, the original borrower receives an email with a revised due date.  Patrons are always guaranteed a three-week checkout. Once the initial three weeks are passed, books can be recalled. If a book is recalled you must return it by the due date to avoid recall fines of $1 per day.

Fines totaling more than $5 will suspend your borrowing privileges. Failure to return library books will cause a registrar block to be placed on your student account. This will prevent you from registering for classes.

If you have any more questions about fines, please stop by the Circulation Desk or email us at circwml@rit.edu.

Renewal Policy

Books can be renewed as long as another user has not requested use of that material.  Items can be renewed online in My Library Account, in person at the Circulation Desk, or by phone at (585) 475-2562.

Times when we are not able to process a renewal request:

  • The item has been requested by another patron
  • You are not currently registered for courses
  • You are not currently employed by RIT (Faculty/Staff)
  • The primary cardholder is no longer affiliated with RIT (Family borrowers/Linked accounts)
  • You have fines totalling more than $5 on your library account

Recall Policy

If a patron requests a book that is currently checked out, the original borrower receives an email with a revised due date.  Patrons are always guaranteed a three-week checkout. Once the initial three weeks are passed, books can be recalled. Overdue recalled books accrue fines of $1 per day.