Borrowing from U of M Libraries

Loan Periods

UM Students, Faculty and Staff
  • End of Term loans (December 15, April 15, August 15)

  • Renewal Limit – 3
  • 1 week loan (except the most current issues which are library-use only)

  • Renewal Limit – 3
Other Materials
  • Consult the library which holds the material.


Other Borrowers
  • 30 day loan
  • Renewal limit – 3
  • As above
Other Materials
  • Consult the library which holds the material.



Requests / Recalls / Holds

You may request any item at any time; material checked out will be recalled for you. Recalled items are due in 7 days and will incur a fine if they are overdue. You may also request items from another library to be sent to the library of your choice. These requests usually take 3-4 working days and will be kept on hold for you for 7 days.

You will be informed of recalls and books being held for you by email. You can also check My Library Account for updates on requests and new due dates. Check your library account on a regular basis to avoid surprises!

The UML reserves the right to recall material at any time.



Renewing Library Materials

Renew your items with My Library Account. You can renew most materials up to 3 times, with the exception of recalled items, reserve materials and other short term loan materials.



Returning Library Materials

Return most material to any library, except Reserve items – return those where you borrowed them to avoid fines. Most libraries provide book return bins when they are closed.



Fines and Fees

Overdue Recalled item $3.00 per day, per item


Overdue Reserve material
  • $.50 per hour, per item Hourly loaned material (e.g. 2 hour loan)
  • $3.00 per day, per item Daily loaned material (e.g. 1 day loan)
  • Total fines will not exceed $50.00 per item
  • If the item is not returned, borrowers are billed for replacement, plus a processing fee.



Paying Fines

Pay fines and fees at any library by cash or cheque. VISA, Mastercard and Interac are accepted at Elizabeth Dafoe Library, Neil John Maclean Health Sciences Library and the Sciences & Technology Library. If overdue materials are not returned, or if fines reach $25.00 or more, you may be contacted by a collection agency.




Suspension of privileges

Borrowing privileges will be suspended if:

  • outstanding fines or fees exceed $20.00
  • recalled material is not returned by the due date
  • material borrowed through Document Delivery becomes overdue
  • the Registrar’s Office or an institution with which we have reciprocal borrowing privileges block you.



Appealing a Fine

To appeal, please contact the Circulation Supervisor of the library which owns the item.




We email you about overdue material, bills, holds and recalls. When an item is recalled, we also attempt to call you. Notices are provided as a courtesy. The UML accepts no further responsibility for notification due dates. Check My Library Account on a regular basis to avoid surprises!