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Library Orientation Guide for Students (Spring 2021)

Spring 2021 Updates

Please refer to the policies below, but note that we are not currently offering reserves or equipment loans during the Spring 2021 semester. We also have extended our due dates to April 28, 2021.  Please contact our Circulation Desk (508-999-8750) with any questions. 


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. At the end of the semester, students must be registered for the coming term in order to renew library materials. 

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.  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.

Primo - Finding Books

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

Borrowing Basics

Library Card = UMass Pass
Currently registered students of UMass Dartmouth are eligible to borrow upon presentation of a valid UMass Pass.  We cannot accept any other forms of ID such as a driver's license.  If you should forget your ID and need to borrow something, we can hold your materials for one day.  

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.  

Maximum Items of Borrowed Items at One Time
AV materials = 10 
Books = 30

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.