Circulation Policies

All Borrowers:

OhioLINK Books: 21 day loan period for all borrowers except faculty (up to 42 days) * - Fines: $0.50 per day - up to 6 renewals

OhioLINK Media: 7 day loan period for all borrowers - Fines: $0.50 per day - No renewals

Print Reserves: hourly or daily loan periods for all borrowers - Fines: $0.50 per hour - No renewals

Media Reserves: 4 hour loan period for all borrowers - Fines: $0.50 per hour - No renewals

UA Undergraduate Students:

Books: 28 day loan period * Fines: $0.10 per day ** up to 3 renewals

Media: 7 or 14 day loan period - Fines: $0.25 per day - 1 renewal

Curriculum Center Materials: 21 day loan period - Fines: $0.10 per day ** up to 3 renewals

Video Cameras: 7 day loan period - Fines: $10.00 per hour - no renewals

Laptops: 7 day or 4 hour loan period, depending on machine - Fines: $10.00 per hour – renewal term is machine dependent

UA Graduate and Honor Students, Faculty, and Staff:

Books: 150 day loan period * Fines: $0.10 per day ** up to 3 renewals

Media: 14 day loan period - Fines: $0.25 per day - 1 renewal

Curriculum Center Materials: 21 day loan period - Fines: $0.10 per day ** up to 3 renewals

Video Cameras: 7 day loan period - Fines: $10.00 per hour - no renewals

Laptops: 7 day or 4 hour loan period, depending on machine - Fines: $10.00 per hour – renewal term is machine dependent

Alumni, Community, and High School Borrowers:++

Books: 28 day loan period * Fines: $0.25 per day ** up to 3 renewals

Media: 7 or 14 day loan period - Fines: $0.25 per day - 1 renewal

Curriculum Center Materials: 21 day loan period - Fines: $0.25 per day ** up to 3 renewals

* Every book is subject to recall after 21 days; the due date on a recalled item will be electronically changed to reflect the new due date. You will be notified via e-mail of any changes. Recalled materials cannot be renewed.

** Fines for recalled UA Libraries materials are $1.00 per day.

++ Alumni and persons not affiliated with the University of Akron may request borrowing privileges, in person, by presenting a valid state ID with current address. Borrowing privileges are available free of charge to all persons.

Borrowing Materials:

Borrowers must present a University of Akron Zip Card or other picture ID at the time of checkout. This policy is strictly enforced at all UA Libraries locations. Faculty may elect to apply for a proxy card, which enables materials to be checked-out to a designated student on the instructor's account. To apply, complete a Proxy Card Request Form and return it to the Bierce Library Circulation Desk (zip + 1706).

Renewing Materials:

Borrowers may renew materials in any of three ways:

  • In person at the Circulation Desk of any UA Libraries location
  • By phone at (330)972-5355 or (330)972-8323
  • Using the My Library Account option on the University Libraries homepage.

Recalled materials cannot be renewed.

Hold Requests:

Materials from the UA Libraries Catalog, OhioLINK, and ILLiad for which a borrower has placed a hold request, will be available for pick-up at the patron-designated Circulation Desk. Materials are held for 10 days upon receipt. Pick-up notices are sent via e-mail to all borrowers.

Recalled Materials:

Every book is subject to recall after 21 days; the due date on a recalled item will be electronically changed to reflect the new due date. You will be notified via e-mail of any changes. Fines for recalled UA Libraries materials are $1.00 per day.

Returning Materials:

Materials borrowed from any UA Libraries location may be returned at any UA Libraries Circulation Desk or drop box. Drop boxes can be found at the following locations:

  • Right outside the main entrance of Bierce Library
  • Just off the South College Street Circle next to the Bierce Library loading dock
  • On the High Street level (3rd floor) of the Polsky Building near Starbucks
  • Near the main entrance of the Exchange Street Dorm Complex

Fines:

All University Libraries materials are electronically assigned a due date at the time of checkout. Borrowers are expected to return materials on or before the due date. Materials kept beyond their due date will be electronically fined. Printed materials from the UA Libraries and OhioLINK circulating collections have a 7 day grace period.

Lost Books:

Bierce Library print materials more than 100 days overdue are considered lost and will be billed to the borrower at a cost of $80.00 per item. Upon return, the bill will be waived and the accrued fine of $20.00 will remain.

Science and Technology Library materials that are more than 100 days overdue are considered lost and will be billed to the borrower at a cost of $160.00 per item. Upon return, the bill will be waived and the accrued fine of $20.00 will remain.

Bierce and S&T Library Reserve materials considered lost will be billed to the borrower at a cost of $180.00 per item. Upon return, the $80.00 replacement charge will be waived and the accrued overdue fine of $100.00 will remain. Overdue fines for reserve materials reflect the significant impact made on all students enrolled in the course; therefore, print reserve fines will not be waived.

OhioLINK books that are more than more 30 days overdue are considered lost and will be billed to the borrower at a cost of $125.00 per item. Upon return, the replacement charge will be waived and the accrued overdue fine of $50.00 will remain.

Once an item is electronically billed to the borrower, a paper bill is then sent out via US mail to the borrower's home of record and a hold is placed preventing registration and transcript requests. Please direct payments for billed items to Bierce Library Access Services Department. Checks should be payable to The University of Akron. For questions concerning lost or long overdue books, call Bierce Library Access Services Department.(330/972-5355).