Borrowing Policy

  • Books circulate to faculty, staff, and officers with twice yearly due dates (February 10 and September 10).
  • Reserve items circulate for two hours, and bound periodicals circulate for three hours.
  • Multimedia items circulate for three days.
  • Reference books may be charged to HDS faculty or their assistants for up to three hours. Please consult a circulation supervisor.
  • There is no limit on the number of books checked out, but common sense is advised.
  • Notices are sent as a courtesy. Borrowers are responsible for overdue and lost items even if these notices are not received.
  • After two overdue notices are issued, overdue items will be considered lost and a bill will be sent for the lost materials and a processing fee.
  • All items are subject to recall. Recalled materials must be returned to the library within the new loan period specified on the recall notice, or a $2.00 per day fine is assessed. Harvard borrowers may use the HOLLIS Catalog to recall items circulating to other patrons.
  • Fines: While Harvard faculty, officers, and HUCTW staff are spared some overdue fines, they are not exempt from recall fines or from charges for lost books. According to Harvard University Library policy, users who do not pay those fines will have their library privileges suspended at all Harvard libraries.
  • Research Assistants/Proxies: Research assistant borrowing privileges cards are available through the Harvard College Library. Please see the information on the Harvard College Library website.