Loan services

Loan privileges at most University of Toronto Libraries
Status Loan periods Renewals Item limits
Undergraduate students 14 days 3 renewals, 14 days each 50
Graduate students 42 days 3 renewals, 42 days each 100
Staff 42 days 3 renewals, 42 days each 100
Faculty members 42 days 3 renewals, 42 days each 100
Faculty members
(Robarts Library and
UTL at Downsview only)
6 months 3 renewals, 6 months each 100
Direct borrowers 14 days 2 renewals, 14 days each 100
Research readers 14 days 2 renewals, 14 days each 100
Alumni 14 days no renewals 25
Alumni research readers 14 days 2 renewals, 14 days each 100
Continuing studies students 14 days no renewals 20

Loan privileges may vary at some libraries. Please check with individual libraries for more information.

Holds and recalls

Holds

You can place a hold on an item which has been checked out:

  • Online:
    • Find the item in the catalogue
    • Go to "view details"
    • Choose "request"
  • In person: Visit the circulation desk of any library
  • By telephone: 416-978-8450

Recalls

To request that an item be recalled after its initial 2 week loan period, please contact the library that holds the item in its collection.

Recalled items which are not returned within 2 days are fined $2.00 per day.

Renew books

  • Online
  • In person: Visit the circulation desk of any library
  • By telephone: 416-978-8450

Fines

Type Fine
Regular books $0.50 per day per book
Course reserve books $0.50 per hour per book
Recalled books $2.00 per day per book

Some libraries may charge different fines for other types of materials.

Library privileges will be withheld when fines are $25 or more.

How to pay

  • Online
  • In person: Visit the circulation desk of any library
  • By telephone: 416-978-8450

Forgiveness

Medical or other documentation is required to reduce or forgive fines.  Contact the library that you borrowed the items from to inquire about your fines.

The following reasons do not warrant fine forgiveness or reduction: 

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

Lost and damaged items

Fees

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

Fees that could apply include the following:

Fees Cost
Lost book or media replacement fee $145.00
Lost bound journal replacement fee $245.00
Lost unbound journal replacement fee $75.00
Damaged book fee $45.00
Regular overdue fee $0.50/day
Recalled overdue fee $2.00/day
Course reserve overdue fee $0.50/hour
Software overdue fee $10.00/day
Equipment overdue fee $15.00/hour
Replacement card fee $12.00

Some libraries may charge different fees for other types of materials.

How to pay

  • In person: Visit the circulation desk of the library you borrowed the item from
  • By telephone: Contact the library you borrowed the item from