Summer Programs Borrowing Privileges

Circulation Loan Periods:

  • The loan period is 28 days.
  • 2 renewals of 28 days each, are permitted, unless Recalled or Overdue.
  • Overdue items may not be renewed.
  • Summer Program attendees may not borrow some specialty items such as cameras and camcorders.
  • Various categories of special materials, such as videos or reserve items, may be loaned for shorter periods of time such as hours and days. Check with Access Services for various loan periods.


Courtesy Notices:
sent 2 weeks before a book is due

Overdue Notices:
sent the first business day after a book is due

Item Available Notices:
sent the first business day after a book becomes available

Recall Notices:
sent the first business day after a book is recalled by another user

Fine/Fee Notices:
sent the first business day after the fine or replacement charge is incurred

Library notices are sent by e-mail to the borrower’s current Georgia Tech email address. Notices are sent Monday-Friday. Note that failure to receive a courtesy or overdue notice does not relieve the borrower of responsibility to return or renew the borrowed materials by the due date.

Overdue Fines:

Loan Type Fine Rates
Regular $.50/day
$25 max per item
Recalls $2.50/day
$25 max per item
Reserves $1.00/hour
$25 max per item

Replacement Billing:
A replacement bill is created 30 days after the due date if an item has not been renewed or returned.

Lost Item Replacement Cost*:

Book $80
DVD $25
VHS $10
Documents $15
Conference $100
Serials $90
Popular $25
Processing Fee** $35
Binding Fee $10
Damage Fee*** $20

*This amount may be more if an item is of greater value; other items priced individually.

**Assessed per item.

***If a damaged item requires removal from the library’s collection, the borrower is responsible for the replacement cost plus a processing fee of $35.

Borrowing Privileges:

  • The Access Services Department receives lists from various Summer Programs with the names of the program attendees. The borrower’s name must be on the list to establish borrowing privileges. Privileges extend to 1 week before the end of the program.
  • A BuzzCard is required to borrow items. The privilege of borrowing is a personal one and may not be transferred.
  • There is no limit to the number of regular items borrowed. Special items such as Reserves may have limits.
  • A patron’s account will be blocked and borrowing privileges will be suspended if the borrower:
    • owes the library $25 or more
    • has 1 or more overdue items
    • fails to respond to the first recall request


All items are subject to recall. The borrower is guaranteed 21 total days with items. These 21 days are reflected in the "New Due Date" on the Recall Notice. If the item has been out less than 14 days, the item will be due on day 21. If the item has been out for more than 14 days, it should be returned to the library within 7 days from the date of recall. Items which are needed for Reserves are due immediately. Recalled items should be returned to the Library Services Desk on or before the “New Due Date”.

Available Requested Items:

All available items requested through the library catalog are available for pickup at the Library Services Desk. Books not picked up within a specified period will be returned to the shelf or made available for the next patron who placed a request on it.

General Circulation Policies:

  • All library material must be properly charged out. Prompt return of material is the personal responsibility of the individual to whom it is loaned.
  • Overdue notices are sent as a courtesy to remind borrowers that an item should be renewed or returned, but failure to receive a notice does not absolve the borrower of the responsibility to renew or return the item to the library in a timely manner.
  • The borrower is responsible for notifying the library immediately if library material is damaged, missing, or lost.