Borrowing and circulation


Borrower StatusLoan periods Renewals Item limits 
Undergraduate students 14 daysUp to 70 additional days 50
Graduate students 42 daysUp to 270 additional days 200
Staff 42 daysUp to 270 additional days 200
Faculty members42 daysUp to 270 additional days 200
Direct borrowers14 daysUp to 30 additional days 100
Research readers14 daysUp to 30 additional days 100
Alumni14 daysNo renewals25
Continuing studies students14 daysUp to 70 additional days 50

See Loan Services for more details 


  • Fines are charged at the rate of $0.50 / day per book.
  • Fines on Course Reserves books are $0.50 / hour per book.
  • Fines for recalled books are $2.00 / day per book.

Library privileges will be withheld when fines are $25 or more.

Pay fines:

  • In person: not available currently
  • Sign in to LibrarySearch and pay fines from your account

Please note that medical or other documentation is normally required to reduce or forgive fines. Without documentation, fines are normally not excused for the following reasons:

  • Did not renew item on time
  • Forgot the due date
  • Did not receive a courtesy or overdue notice
  • Was not able to renew online
  • Was unaware of library policies
  • Borrowed the item for someone else
  • Returned late by someone else
  • Did not report TCard stolen

Course reserves

Materials placed on course reserve by a professor are shelved behind the circulation desk and normally circulate for three hours. If multiple copies are available, some copies may circulate for twenty four, or seventy two hours.

Lost Books

Lost books and / or accompanying media are subject to a $145 replacement charge at most libraries. The library reserves the right to charge fines in addition to the replacement cost.

Payment of fines or replacement of lost materials is handled on a case-by-case basis. The DG Ivey library follows the University of Toronto libraries policies on lost materials.