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Library Orientation Guide for Students


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This is an important page to read and refer back to.  Just in case you are late returning something or lose something you borrowed...which won't happen, but just in case.   :)

How to Renew Your Books

Materials may be renewed up to three times, either in person or by telephone, as long as no one else has requested them and the items are not overdue. 

Renew through your Primo Account!  If you are on our homepage, click on  "Advanced Search" to get into Primo.  Then sign in and you can open your account.  You'll see an example of how to do it in this video.  Just be aware that due dates may differ if you are a student, faculty, or staff.

Fines and Lost Materials

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All library materials have a due date stamped inside the cover when they are checked out. Materials become overdue the first day after the due date and borrowing privileges are suspended. Non-receipt of an overdue notice does not remove responsibility for returning library materials.

  • Two days before the due date, courtesy notices are sent by email.
  • Borrowing activity reports will be emailed for all notices pertaining to your library patron account.


  • Books: A twenty-five cent ($.25) per day per item fine is charged, with a maximum of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) per book.
  • AV Materials: A fine of twenty-five cents ($.25) per day per item is charged, with a maximum of $25.00 per title.

Fines will be cut in half if they are paid when the items are returned and if they were due in the current semester for books and AV materials only.

  • AV Equipment: For items less than $50.00, $1.00 per hour up to $25.00, for items $50.00 - $500.00, $10.00 per hour up to $500.00 and for WiMax adapters, $1.00 per day up to $25.00.
  • Reserves: Reserve materials are assessed a fine of one dollar ($1.00) per hour or part thereof, to a maximum of $25.00 dollars ($25.00). The maximum Reserve fine is twenty-five dollars ($25.00) and cannot be cut in half. If the item is not returned, the borrower will receive a bill for any replacement costs plus the twenty-five dollar ($25.00) maximum fine.


Recalling Books

Materials may be recalled for use by UMD students, faculty and staff any time after the first fourteen days of the loan. All library materials needed for Reserve can be recalled at any time. After a recall notice has been sent, all patrons have one week to return the material or a fine of one dollar ($1.00) per day will commence, up to a maximum of fifty dolars ($50.00). If a library borrower does not return the item within ten days, he/she will be sent a bill that includes the fine up to the date of the bill.

Recall fees apply to all library patrons, including UMD faculty, staff and administrators.

Primo - Finding Books

Use Primo to find the library's collection of books, videos, and journals. See the Help Page for Finding Books for more information on using Primo to locate books. 

Use the search box below to run a quick search or use the advanced search page to limit your material type to books prior to searching. 

Borrowing Basics

Special Borrowers Privileges 

UMD Alumni with current Alumni Association cards, issued by the Alumni Office.  Alumni have a limit of twenty (20) items.

Claire T. Carney Library Associates: Members of the Library Associates have a limit of twenty (20) items.

Registered students, faculty and staff of member institutions of cooperating consortia: BLC (Boston Library Consortium) upon presentation of a current BLC card; SACHEM (Southeastern Association for Cooperating Higher Education Institutions in Massachusetts); SMCL (Southeastern Massachusetts Cooperating Libraries); WILL (Walk-In InterLibrary Loan -- includes all MA state colleges and universities.) Patrons must present current ID cards from their respective institutions or a picture ID, such as a driver's license, and a current printed class schedule. If someone wishes to borrow library materials but is not on the list, he/she may apply for a Special Borrower's card as a Massachusetts resident. For a complete list of eligible schools, please refer to Appendix I at the end of this document.  Any student from one of the member institutions may take out up to ten (10) items. 

Registered students, faculty and staff of UMass Dartmouth-affiliated institutions must present current ID cards from their respective institutions or a UMass Pass. Any student from one of the member institutions may take out up to ten (10) items. 

Individuals from out of state or Massachusetts residents who need to borrow more than the usual limit of 5 books may join the UMD Library Associates for an annual fee of $20.00. This entitles the patron to borrow up to 20 items. 

Residents of Massachusetts 18 years and older may obtain a Special Borrower's card with proper identification, such as a driver's license or other form of photo ID. If neither is available, two forms of identification are required, such as a public library card or some other form of identification, such as a copy of a bill with their name and address on it. 

High school students in grades 9-12 may also obtain a Special Borrowers' card with proper identification as listed above.  However, in order to borrow materials, they need to return a completed application with a parent's or guardian's signature and understand that he/she is responsible for overdues, fines, lost materials, etc.

All Special Borrowers must be individuals, not organizations or groups. 

ALL library patrons, no matter what their status, must not have any overdue library materials/equipment or outstanding fines in order to have borrowing privileges.

Length of Loans
Books should be returned as soon as they are no longer needed and are due thirty days after they are borrowed. Participants in special programs are limited by the length of the program.  

Replacement Costs

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Lost or Damaged Materials/Equipment:

If library material is damaged beyond repair or is lost, the patron is billed for the replacement cost of the material plus any fines. If the lost material is found within sixty (60) days after the charges have been paid, a refund of the replacement cost only will be given. Refunds are not immediate. They will be generated through the University Business Office.

Replacement costs:


  • One hundred dollars ($100.00)*  plus any accrued fines and a twenty five dollars ($25.00) non-refundable processing fee

AV materials:

  • Twenty-five dollars ($25.00)* for popular DVD or videotape, individual audocassettes, music CD or CD-ROM plus any accrued fines
  • One hundred fifty dollars ($150.00)* for educational DVD, videotape, or CD or audiocassette set such as Books on Tape or Pimsleur language tapes plus any accrued fines

Audio/Visual Equipment:

If audio/visual equipment is damaged or lost, the patron is billed for the replacement cost of the equipment plus any fines. If the patron returns the material or equipment, he/she is still responsible for any fines accrued.  

Borrowing privileges are suspended for ALL library patrons until all overdues have been returned and fees paid.


The Library reserves the right to deny all borrowing privileges to borrowers with outstanding charges. It is the right of the Library to withhold degrees, transcripts and registrations until all financial obligations are met.