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Loan services

No loan services are available in Fall 2020 & Winter 2021 terms. Loans are only possible via the Curbside Pickup Service. Stacks remain closed.

You will need a TCard or library card to borrow from the libraries. For loan privileges relating to different types of library users, see Library cards and TCards.

Loan privileges Requesting items  |  Renewals  |  Fines |  Fees for lost & damaged items 

Loan privileges by patron type at most University of Toronto Libraries

PATRON TYPES LOAN PERIODS RENEWALS ITEM LIMITS
Undergraduate students 14 days Up to 70 additional days 50
Graduate students 90 days Up to 270 additional days 200
Staff 90 days Up to 270 additional days 200
Faculty members 90 days Up to 270 additional days 200
Direct borrowers 14 days Up to 30 additional days 100
Research readers 14 days Up to 30 additional days 100
Associate members 14 days Up to 30 additional days 100
Alumni 14 days No renewals 25
Continuing studies students 14 days Up to 70 additional days 50

Exceptions

  • Items from audio/video collections have a 14-day loan period, and cannot be renewed. This applies to all patron types
  • Loan periods for course reserves items vary between 3, 5, 24 or 72 hours and cannot be renewed

Designate a proxy borrower

  • Faculty and staff may designate another library borrower to sign out items from the University of Toronto Libraries onto their account
  • This service is also available to any library borrower unable to visit the libraries because of a disability
  • Complete this application form to request this service

Stack access

  • There is no access to Robarts Library stacks, or any other U of T libraries in the 2020/2021 academic year.

Requesting items

Holds & recalls cannot be placed in the 2020/2021 academic year. You may request books via Curbside Pickup and article scans via Scan & Deliver.

Holds

You can request items for pickup at the holding library, or for pickup at another campus.

When the item is delivered, you will be notified by email, and will have up to 5 days to pick it up.

NEW: You may place a hold on both items that are in the library as well as items which have been checked out

To place a hold, sign in to LibrarySearch and find the item you want. Select the GET IT IN PERSON option to request.

Recalls

You can request that an item currently loaned out be returned early so that you are next in line to borrow it.

When the item is returned, you will be notified by email, and have up to 5 days to pick it up.

To place a recall, sign in to LibrarySearch and find the item you want. Select the GET IT IN PERSON option to request.

Exception

Course reserve items are not requestable, i.e., holds and recalls cannot be placed on course reserve items.

Renewals

Loan periods are extended to the end of September 2021. Renewals are not applicable at this time.

Items will automatically renew at the end of each loan cycle until your maximum renewal period is reached, except for items with outstanding recall requests.

You can also proactively renew your items by signing into LibrarySearch 

If your renewals have been exhausted, return your items to any University of Toronto library to avoid overdue fines.

Fines

Library privileges are withheld when an item on your account is more than 14 days overdue or your fines and/or fees reach $25.00 or greater.

Should you fail to return your items on time, fines will be incurred as follows:

Type Fine
Regular books or media $0.50 per day per item
Course reserves & short-term loans $0.50 per hour per items
Recalled items $2.00 per day per item

How to pay

  • Sign in to LibrarySearch and pay fines from your account
  • In person: Not available currently

Forgiveness

Medical or other documentation is required to reduce or forgive fines.  To dispute fees, contact the library from which the item originated.

The following reasons do not warrant fine forgiveness or reduction: 

  • Forgot the due date
  • Did not receive a courtesy or overdue notice
  • Was unaware of library policies
  • Borrowed the item for someone else
  • Returned late by someone else
  • Did not report TCard stolen

Fees for lost & damaged items

Fees for lost and damaged items are charged to cover the cost of replacing or repairing the item.  Additional fees could be charged depending on the situation. 

Items which are not returned within 42 days of the due date will be deemed lost, and a lost fee will be assigned.

Returning items in a damaged condition will result in damaged item fees.

Fees Cost
Lost book or media  $145.00 per item
Lost bound journal  $245.00 per item
Damaged item repair fee $45.00 per item

To dispute fees, contact the library from which the item originated.

How to pay

  • Sign in to LibrarySearch and pay fines from there
  • In person: Not available currently

– Last update: July 16, 2021