Answered By: Reference and Research Desk
Last Updated: Feb 20, 2019     Views: 52

You are responsible for items borrowed on your library card. Do not lend your card or the items you borrow to someone else. You must notify the Library right away if your University ID card is lost or stolen.

All material signed out from the Library is subject to overdue fines. Fine rates vary from 25¢ per day per item for most material to a $1.00 per hour for in-demand Reserve items. Overdue items recalled for another borrower are fined at the rate of $1.25 per day.

Items are considered lost if not returned after the third overdue notice, and replacement costs plus a $20 processing fee per item is automatically applied to your library account.  

An accumulation of fines will mean that your borrowing privileges are suspended, and may cause the loss of other University privileges. Students with significant fines will be unable to register for courses, and may lose their right to officially graduate until all fines and fees are paid.

You can pay fines at SMU accrued on materials owned by other Novanet libraries. We transfer the fines to them. Students who lose another library's material should settle their accounts directly with the owning library.

Our system sends emails regarding overdue materials, but it is good practice to check your library account to keep track of any due dates on material you have borrowed, and to learn of any amounts owing. Staff at the Circulation Desk will be pleased to show you how to access your account and to discuss any payment issues with you. You can drop by the desk, call 420-5547 or email