Loan Periods and Overdue Fines (Print Materials)

Patrons are responsible for knowing the due date and returning materials by the due date. If you forget the due date, please call the Information Services Desk at 202.687.1448, contact DML Circulation, or stop by the Information Services Desk between 8am and 8pm, Monday through Friday (except on most holidays). The DML Catalog also can be used to view due dates and renew materials.

*Library email notices and due date cards are only a courtesy*

During non-staff hours, please drop all materials except for keys in the book drop. Please place keys in the key drop box. During staff hours, please drop materials at the Information Services Desk. Please note that we do not check the book drop during weekends and holidays. Items that were due before the IS Desk closes will accrue fines during the days that the IS Desk is closed.

When materials are checked out under your library account, you are responsible for returning them on time.
Patrons who return materials late are held responsible for paying the late fee. Long overdue materials will be considered lost and a fee will be assessed.
If fines reach $50 and over, you will lose library and database access privileges. Fines can be paid with cash, check, or GOCard.

Table 1: Information on loan periods, renewal periods, and fine amounts for DML books
TypeLoan PeriodsRenewalsOverdue Fines
General Books28 DaysTwice$.50 Per Day
Closed Reserve †2 HoursDepends on demand$1.00 Per Hour
Recalled BooksVariesN/A$5.00 Per Day

* These materials require an agreement form to be signed at checkout.

† These materials can be checked out overnight and will be due 9am the next day. Or, they may be checked out over weekends and due 9am on Monday.