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Borrowing and privileges guide

MaterialFaculty/staff, graduate and honors studentsUndergraduate studentsCommunity* and Friends of VCU LibrariesFines**Replacement and damage fees
Books from VCU Libraries general collection

6 months
5 renewals

Unlimited loans

28 days
2 renewals

Unlimited loans

28 days
1 renewal

10 loans maximum

none

Replacement fee: Books from Cabell: $90
Replacement fee: Books from Tompkins-McCaw: $150
Damage fee: $25 minimum
DVDs and CDs

7 days
1 renewal

25 loans maximum

7 days
1 renewal

5 loans maximum

7 days
no renewal

5 loans maximum

$1/day (max $10)

Replacement fee: $90
Materials from other libraries (Interlibrary Loan)

varies

varies

varies

 

Replacement fee: $135 minimum
Damage fee: $25 minimum  

Course Reserves

varies

varies

n/a

$5/hour (max $50)

varies 
Cabell Library equipment (calculators and adaptors)

4 hours
1 renewal

Limit 1 per patron

4 hours
1 renewal

Limit 1 per patron

n/a

$5/hour (max $30)

replacement fee: $100 
Workshop equipment

3 days   
1 renewal

3 days  
1 renewal

In-house only

$10/day

varies 
Tompkins-McCaw accessories (whiteboards, dry erase markers, surge protectors)

4 hours
no renewal

Limit 1 per patron

4 hours
no renewal

Limit 1 per patron

n/a

$1/hour 
(max $10)

varies 
Tompkins-McCaw equipment (cameras, projectors, tripods)

3 days
1 renewal

3 days
1 renewa

n/a

$10/day

varies 

*Community borrowers borrowers include VCU alumni who request a patron account, students and faculty at participating Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) institutions, through the cooperative borrowing program students and faculty at Richmond Academic Library Consortium institutions, and high school students at local partner schools.

** NOTE: Undergraduate students and community borrowers who have an outstanding library balance of more than $5.00 are not able to borrow from our collection. Graduate students, staff, and faculty who have an outstanding library balance of more than $25.00 are not able to borrow from our collection. Payment can be made in person or online.

Payment for fines and fees

Pay online: Check your library account for the amount due, then use a credit/debit card to pay fees online with our secure website. Select the correct fee payment type (Fine and Fee Payments for VCU Libraries materials or Interlibrary Loan payments) to ensure proper posting. Payments will be posted to your library account and Banner holds will be cleared within 1 business day. 

Pay in person or by mail: Fees can be paid in person at Cabell Library or Tompkins-McCaw Library any time the libraries are open. We accept cash, checks, credit/debit and RamBucks. Payments are also accepted via mail (checks payable to VCU Libraries). If paying by mail, please address payments to Cabell Library; attn: Jeanne Scott; Box 842033; Richmond, VA 23284-2033. 

Account questions

Something not quite right with your library account? You can request an investigation to dispute discrepancies in your library record and/or charges for overdue, lost or damaged material. This constitutes the first step in the appeal process.

Other borrowers

  • High School Students and Teachers
  • VCU affiliates, consortia and BioTech staff
  • Faculty & Staff Proxy Borrowers:

    VCU faculty and staff members may authorize up to five persons to borrow library materials in the faculty or staff member's name.

    • Submission of this request indicates that you accept complete responsibility for materials borrowed in your name. VCU faculty and staff will be authenticated as current employees when they submit this form.
    • Authorized borrowers will need some form of picture identification to borrow materials. Do not give them your VCU ID card.
    • This authorization expires one year from the date of submission, unless otherwise indicated below.
    • Should you wish to remove a name from the list, please notify VCU LIbraries immediately via email (libnotices@vcu.edu) or in person. You will be responsible for any charges made until formal notification is received by VCU Libraries.

  •  Faculty & Staff Partners:

    VCU faculty and staff members may designate a partner to receive borrowing privileges from VCU Libraries. For purposes of this document, "partner" refers to both domestic partners and spouses.

    The partner will be able to borrow VCU Library owned materials on an individual patron account with borrowing privileges similar to community members. These patrons will be responsible for any overdue fines, fees for replacement of lost materials, and damaged materials fees.

    • The faculty or staff member’s submission of this form indicates that they are currently a faculty/staff member at VCU and designates the individual named below as a partner. 
    • The faculty or staff member currently employed by VCU must complete this form and submit it to VCU Libraries.
    • The partner will be required to complete a VCU Employees, Students & Affiliates Borrower’s Registration form upon their first visit to VCU Libraries.
    • The partner must present a valid photo ID to borrow materials from VCU Libraries.
    • These  borrowing privileges expire one year from the date of submission, and may be renewed by the faculty/staff sponsor by contacting VCU Libraries 
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