You will need a TCard or library card to borrow from the libraries. The Library cards and TCards page gives more information relating to different types of library users.
|Status||Loan periods||Renewals||Item limits|
|Undergraduate students||14 days||5 renewals, 14 days each||50|
|Graduate students||56 days||3 renewals, 56 days each||100|
|Staff||56 days||3 renewals, 56 days each||100|
|Faculty members||84 days||3 renewals, 84 days each||100|
(Robarts Library and
UTL at Downsview only)
|6 months||3 renewals, 6 months each||100|
|Direct borrowers||14 days||2 renewals, 14 days each||100|
|Research readers||14 days||2 renewals, 14 days each||100|
|Alumni||14 days||no renewals||25|
|Alumni research readers||14 days||2 renewals, 14 days each||100|
|Continuing studies students||14 days||no renewals||20|
Loan privileges may vary at some libraries. Please check with individual libraries for more information.
You can place a hold on an item which has been checked out:
- Find the item in the catalogue
- Go to "view details"
- Choose "request"
- In person: Visit the circulation desk of any library
- By telephone: 416-978-8450
To request that an item be recalled after its initial 2 week loan period, please contact the library that holds the item in its collection.
Recalled items which are not returned within 2 days are fined $2.00 per day.
|Regular books||$0.50 per day per book|
|Course reserves & short-term loans||$0.50 per hour per items|
|Recalled books||$2.00 per day per book|
Some libraries charge different fines for other types of materials.
Library privileges will be withheld when fines are $25 or more.
How to pay
Medical or other documentation is required to reduce or forgive fines. Contact the library that you borrowed the items from to inquire about your fines.
The following reasons do not warrant fine forgiveness or reduction:
- Did not renew item on time
- Forgot the due date
- Did not receive a courtesy or overdue notice
- Was not able to renew online
- Was unaware of library policies
- Borrowed the item for someone else
- Returned late by someone else
- Did not report TCard stolen
Most libraries charge fees for lost and damaged items to cover the cost of replacing or repairing the item. Additional fees could be charged depending on the situation.
Fees that could apply include the following:
|Lost book or media replacement fee||$145.00|
|Lost bound journal replacement fee||$245.00|
|Lost unbound journal replacement fee||$75.00|
|Damaged book fee||$45.00|
|Regular overdue fee||$0.50/day|
|Recalled overdue fee||$2.00/day|
|Course reserve overdue fee||$0.50/hour|
|Software overdue fee||$10.00/day|
|Equipment overdue fee||$15.00/hour|
|Replacement card fee||$20.00|
Some libraries may charge different fees for other types of materials.
How to pay
- In person: Visit the circulation desk of the library you borrowed the item from
- By telephone: Contact the library you borrowed the item from
Updated March 5, 2020