What if I keep the loan past the due date or lost it?

Communication is key.

Don't panic, talk to the ILL librarian so a solution can be found.  Not to say that there won't be consequences; let's lay them out.

So you're thinking, I'm not done with this yet.  What can it hurt to keep the book/DVD/CD a little longer?

First, you need to know that libraries aren't obligated to lend us anything - free or otherwise. Keeping a loan past its due date puts our relationship with that library at risk, making borrowing from them in the future much harder.  Please keep our pool of lenders as large as possible by bringing your ILL materials back on time or contacting the Interlibrary Loan Librarian about the possibility of a renewal.

What if it is already past the return date?  You'll receive an email reminder and/or phone call. Once an item is overdue, we'll need to talk because:

  • Library privileges are suspended while the loan is overdue.
  • Holds are placed on your Western student account preventing one from accessing grades or transcripts or registering for classes.
  • A replacement fee per item is added to your Western student account. 
Rest assured that once the item is returned, in the condition it was lent, the holds are lifted and Western fees removed. However, any late/damage/replacement fees assessed by the lending library are still your responsibility and will be left in place on your student account.

What if you just can't find it; it's lost (or beyond repair)?

We understand that accidents happen and Savage Library will work with the lending library on your behalf and attempt to keep you in the loop.  Should it be a lost cause, Library policy is to fine you (the borrower) what the lending library charges us to replace the item(s).  We don't tack any extra fees on for processing, etc.


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