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Library Policies - Loans
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OneCardWho may borrow Park Library materials?

Faculty, students, and staff of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill may borrow circulating materials upon presentation of their campus identification card (UNC One Card).

Non-affiliated persons, students and faculty from other universities, residents of North Carolina, members of the General Alumni Association, and Friends of the Library may borrow materials by registering at Davis Library (or Law or Health Sciences Libraries). See Borrowing & Circulation for information about fees and borrowing privileges.

calendarHow long may I keep books & stuff? (Loan Periods)

  • Most books may be borrowed for 30 days.
  • Reserve books may be borrowed for 2 hours at a time.
  • DVDs, audio CDs, and other AV material may be borrowed for 3 days.
  • Theses and dissertations may be borrowed for 2 days.
  • Reference material may only be used in the Park Library.
  • Journals and newspapers may only be used in the Park Library.

How many items may I borrow? (Loan Limits)

  • Books: no limits -- as many as you want!
  • DVDs, videos, and other AV items: up to 3 DVDs or 3 VHS at a time.
  • Reserve items: 3 at a time.

Renewing Books


In the Park Library

  • Park Library books may be renewed at the Park Library.
  • Other UNC Library books should be renewed in person at the library from which the book was borrowed (or renew them online from anywhere)
  • Park Library Reserve items can only be renewed in person at the Park Library.


  • If Park Library book is currently checked out, you may "recall" books. That's where we ask the person who has it to return it so you can check it out. Click on the truck icon that says "Request / recall this title (2-3 business days)" to recall a book that is currently checked out. 
  • Recalled books may have adjusted due dates, reducing the original loan period. Recalled items will incur a recall fine of $.50 per day each day past the adjusted due date without a grace period. The recall fine is applied in addition to regular overdue fines.

coinsWhat happens if you don't return materials on time? Fines!

Library patrons are expected to return or renew items by the due date that is stamped on the date due slip at the time of checkout. The library typically sends courtesy reminders by email.

  • Fines are waived if the item is returned within the grace period (13 days for faculty & EPA non-faculty, 3 days for students, SPA staff, and others) AND the item has not been recalled.
  • Library books: $.50 per day, per item; up to $25.00 maximum per item.
  • DVDs, audio CDs, and other AV material: $1 per day.
  • Recalled items: Additional fines apply to books that have been recalled for another borrower. This is an additional $.50 per day each day past the due date. 
  • Reserve items: $1.00 per hour per item; up to $50.00 maximum per item.
  • Lost books.  Books are automatically declared lost when 42 days past due. Lost book fees are $100 ($75 replacement fee; $25 processing fee).
    The maximum regular overdue fine for a lost book is $25 if the patron returns the book after it goes into lost status. If the book was recalled, fines will be greater.
    A patron who does not return a lost book will be expected to pay the replacement charge of $100. If the actual replacement cost exceeds $100, the fee will be the replacement cost plus a $25 processing fee.
  • Damaged books: Patrons are responsible for books that they have borrowed and will be charged for damaged books. The minimum damaged book charge is $7.50. The maximum charge will be charge for the replacement of the book.
    Patrons should not dog-ear pages or stick any adhesive materials in Library books.
    Patrons may be charged for highlighting, underlining or writing in Library books, or for placing post-it notes or other adhesive markers in books. The library charges a $0.25 removal fee for each post-it or adhesive left in books that are returned.
  • Replacements.
    When books have been damaged beyond repair or are known to be irretrievably lost then patrons may contact the library to discuss replacing the books for a processing fee of $25, in lieu of paying the $100 fee. Replacement copies may be subject to an additional recall fine if the item being replaced is overdue and was recalled by another borrower prior to the due date. Replacement copies must be new books and must be the same edition as the lost items, or newer. Used copies are not acceptable replacements; please contact the Billing Supervisor if a book is out of print. Hardcover books are preferred but paperbacks may be acceptable.
  • Lost or damaged Reserve Books: 7 days after due date, patrons are billed replacement cost of $125.00 ($100 replacement plus $25.00 processing.)
  • Lost or damaged Videos, DVDs, and other AV material: $115 per item.
  • Pay Park Library fines at the Park Library. Other fines must be paid at the respective library.
  • Typically fines accrued by students are transferred to the Cashier’s Office the next business day (or, within a few days) and should be paid in person at the Cashier’s Office or online (for students). If you have questions about paying your fines, please contact Stephanie.

Appealing a Fine

  • Submit fine appeals to the library which owns the overdue or lost item; the owning library is identified in the email or paper notice sent to inform you of the fine. If you are appealing charges owed on items from multiple libraries, you will need to submit a separate appeal to each of those libraries. To appeal a fine, please use our online appeal form.
  • If you have questions or concerns about a charge on your account please contact the library directly before submitting a fine appeal. If a book you have already returned is still listed as checked out on your account more than one business day after you returned it, please contact the library immediately to request a search, rather than submitting a fine appeal.

Returning Books & Stuff

  • Material may be returned to any library @ UNC Chapel Hill.
  • Park Library books may also be returned by mail. Applicable fines will be charged
  • Mail items to
    Park Library
    Carroll Hall, CB#3365
    University of North Carolina
    Chapel Hill, NC 27514-3365

Please review other Park Library policies.

effective June 24, 2010; edited 08/18/14.

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