Borrowing Policy

Harvard alumni are eligible for AHTL Special Borrower status at no additional cost (the AHTL Special Borrower status fee is waived). Alumni must have either an AHTL Access card or a Harvard College Library Special Borrower card in order to activate their borrowing privileges.

A patron with AHTL Special Borrower status may have up to ten circulating items on loan at any time. Books circulate for 28 days. Multimedia items circulate for three days. Reserve items circulate for two hours.

Notices are sent as a courtesy. All borrowers are responsible for overdue and lost items even if these notices are not received.

All items are subject to recall. Recalled materials must be returned to the library within the new loan period specified on the recall notice. AHTL Special Borrowers are not eligible to recall items circulating to other patrons.

Overdue fines are assessed at the rate of $0.50 per day. Overdue recalled materials are $2 per day. Overdue reserves materials are $1 per hour. After two overdue notices are issued, overdue items will be considered lost and a bill will be sent to cover replacement and processing costs. Such a bill will terminate any remaining borrowing privileges until the bill is settled.

It is the responsibility of all AHTL Special Borrowers to report changes of mailing address and email address to the circulation staff (circulation@hds.harvard.edu; 617.495.5788).

The AHTL Special Borrower status applies only to Andover-Harvard Theological Library, and cannot be used at other Harvard libraries.