Loan Periods, Fines and Fees (Print Materials)

You are responsible for knowing the due date and returning materials by the due date. In order to reduce environmental impact, date due cards will not be provided but you will be informed of the due date at the time you borrow materials.  If you forget the due date, please call the Information Services Desk (IS Desk) at 202.687.1448, email DML Circulation, or stop by the Information Services Desk when it is open. The DML Catalog also can be used to view due dates and renew materials (Instructions for using the DML Catalog).

*Library email reminders are sent as 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.

You are responsible for all fees and fines for late and lost materials.

If fines and fees 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
Lost Fee
General Books28 DaysTwice$0 Per Day$120 will be charged after 7 days late
Recalled BooksVariesN/A$5.00 Per Day