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Whether you're a student, faculty, staff member, alumni or friend of Ohio Dominican, find out how to access the ODU Library's vast resources.
Our policies cover who may borrow, what you can borrow, how long you can keep materials, and detail library fines and cost of replacement. If you have questions about these policies, please contact circulation services.
  • Who May Borrow

    Official Photo ID & ODU Library Account in good standing is required.

    • Currently Enrolled ODU students
    • Current ODU faculty
    • Current ODU & Sodexo staff
    • Alumni registered through the Alumni Office*
    • Courtesy Borrowers*

    *Some access restrictions apply:

  • Borrower's Responsibilities & Agreement
    As an ODU Library borrower, you agree that you are:
    • Responsible for all materials checked out in your name
    • Responsible for returning/renewing borrowed items by their due dates
      • Official emails are sent regarding: Due dates, overdue items and fees, pickups, cancellations
    • Responsible for all replacement costs
    • Responsible for ensuring your email address(es) are current
  • Borrowing Limits

    Examples for Library privileges being limited or suspended:  

    • Library fines/fees exceed $60.00
      • All Library privileges (including electronic & off-campus access) will be suspended until fines/fees are reduced
    • You are not currently working or enrolled at ODU
    • You are an Alumni, Courtesy or Paid Borrower
  • Replacement Costs
    Up To 1 Year After Due Date:

    ODU items:
    • If an overdue ODU item is at "Billed" status, the cost to replace an item is $100.
    • If a "Billed" ODU item is returned, the cost reverts to overdue hourly/daily fees only.
    OhioLINK items: 
    • If an overdue OhioLINK item is at "Billed" status, the cost to replace an item is $125.
    • If a "Billed" OhioLINK item is returned, the cost reverts to a $50 billing fee only.
    More Than 1 Year After Due Date: ODU items:
    • The item is declared "Lost" and a lost item fee is assessed.
    OhioLINK items:
    • The cost remains at $125.
    • If an OhioLINK item is returned, the cost reverts to a $50 billing fee only.
  • Damaged Materials
    Examples include but are not limited to

    Repairable: $20 per item  
    • Call number label removed/Torn off
    • Barcode removed/Torn off
    • Notes written in pencil that can reasonably be erased in a minimum of time
    Not Repairable: $100 per item
    • Cover is torn off, chewed, damaged in some way
    • Spine is broken with cover pulling away from text block
    • Item is/was wet
    • Book written in to the extent that it can no longer be used
    • Highlighter used in text

Policy Details

Some details of ODU Library's Borrowing Policies vary according to patron type. Please select the appropriate category below for further policy details.
  • Undergraduate and Early College Students
    Audiovisuals (DVDs, VHS, CD-ROMs, CDs)
    • Loan Period: 7 days
    • Maximum Renewals: 1 renewal; 7 days
    • Overdue Fees: $0.25/day
    • Replacement: Cost varies per item

    Books (Main Stacks, Juvenile, Folio, Curriculum)

    • Loan Period: 21 days
    • Maximum Renewals: 4 renewal; 21 days
    • Overdue Fees: $0.25/day
    • Replacement: Cost varies per item

    Camera Accessories

    • Loan Period: 4 days
    • Maximum Renewals: none
    • Overdue Fees: $1.00/day
    • Replacement: $100 per item

    Cameras

    • Loan Period: 4 days
    • Maximum Renewals: none
    • Overdue Fees: $5.00/day
    • Replacement: $300 per item

    Interlibrary Loan

    • Loan Period: Determined by lending library
    • Maximum Renewals: Determined by lending library
    • Overdue Fees: n/a
    • Replacement: Determined by lending library

    Headphones

    • Loan Period: 4 hours
    • Maximum Renewals: none
    • Overdue Fees: $0.10/hour
    • Replacement: $100-$125 per item

    iPad Accessories

    • Loan Period: 3 days
    • Maximum Renewals: none
    • Overdue Fees: $1.00/day
    • Replacement: $100 per item

    iPads

    • Loan Period: 3 days
    • Maximum Renewals: none
    • Overdue Fees: $5.00/day
    • Replacement: $400 per item

    OhioLINK Materials

    • Loan Period: 21 days; 7 days for A/V
    • Maximum Renewals: 6 renewals; 3 renewals for A/V
    • Overdue Fees: $0.50/day
    • Replacement: $125 per item

    Periodicals

    • Loan Period: non-circulating
    • Maximum Renewals: n/a
    • Overdue Fees: n/a
    • Replacement: n/a

    Reference - Non-circulating

    • Loan Period: n/a
    • Maximum Renewals: n/a
    • Overdue Fees: n/a
    • Replacement: n/a

    Reference - Circulating (yellow label)

    • Loan Period: 7 days
    • Maximum Renewals: none
    • Overdue Fees: $1.00/day
    • Replacement: $100 - $125 per item

    Reserve

    • Loan Period: varies
    • Maximum Renewals: none
    • Overdue Fees: $0.10/hour (2 & 4 hour loans); $1.00/day (1 & 3 day loans); $1.00/day (1 & 2 week loans)
    • Replacement: $100 - $125 per item

    SearchOhio Materials

    • Loan Period: 21 days; 7 days for A/V
    • Maximum Renewals: 3 renewals; 3 renewals for A/V
    • Overdue Fees: $0.50/day
    • Replacement: $25 per item

    White Board Kits

    • Loan Period: 4 hours
    • Maximum Renewals: none
    • Overdue Fees: $0.10/hour
    • Replacement: $25 per item
  • Graduate Students
    Audiovisuals (DVDs, VHS, CD-ROMs, CDs)
    • Loan Period: 7 days
    • Maximum Renewals: 1 renewal; 7 days
    • Overdue Fees: $0.25/day
    • Replacement: Cost varies per item

    Books (Main Stacks, Juvenile, Folio, Curriculum)

    • Loan Period: 56 days
    • Maximum Renewals: 2 renewal; 56 days
    • Overdue Fees: $0.25/day
    • Replacement: Cost varies per item

    Camera Accessories

    • Loan Period: 4 days
    • Maximum Renewals: none
    • Overdue Fees: $1.00/day
    • Replacement: $100 per item

    Cameras

    • Loan Period: 4 days
    • Maximum Renewals: none
    • Overdue Fees: $5.00/day
    • Replacement: $300 per item

    Headphones

    • Loan Period: 4 hours
    • Maximum Renewals: none
    • Overdue Fees: $0.10/hour
    • Replacement: $100-$125 per item

    Interlibrary Loan

    • Loan Period: Determined by lending library
    • Maximum Renewals: Determined by lending library
    • Overdue Fees: $0.25/day
    • Replacement: Determined by lending library

    iPad Accessories

    • Loan Period: 3 days
    • Maximum Renewals: none
    • Overdue Fees: $1.00/day
    • Replacement: $100 per item

    iPads

    • Loan Period: 3 days
    • Maximum Renewals: none
    • Overdue Fees: $5.00/day
    • Replacement: $400 per item

    Juvenile Books

    • Loan Period: 21 days
    • Maximum Renewals: 4 renewals; 21 days
    • Overdue Fees: $0.25/day
    • Replacement: Cost varies per item

    OhioLINK Materials

    • Loan Period: 21 days; 7 days for A/V
    • Maximum Renewals: 6 renewals; 3 renewals for A/V
    • Overdue Fees: $0.50/day
    • Replacement: $125 per item

    Periodicals

    • Loan Period: non-circulating
    • Maximum Renewals: n/a
    • Overdue Fees: n/a
    • Replacement: n/a

    Reference - Non-circulating

    • Loan Period: n/a
    • Maximum Renewals: n/a
    • Overdue Fees: n/a
    • Replacement: n/a

    Reference - Circulating (yellow label)

    • Loan Period: 7 days
    • Maximum Renewals: none
    • Overdue Fees: $1.00/day
    • Replacement: $100 - $125 per item

    Reserve

    • Loan Period: varies
    • Maximum Renewals: none
    • Overdue Fees: $0.10/hour (2 & 4 hour loans); $1.00/day (1 & 3 day loans); $1.00/day (1 & 2 week loans)
    • Replacement: $100 - $125 per item

    SearchOhio Materials

    • Loan Period: 21 days; 7 days for A/V
    • Maximum Renewals: 3 renewals; 3 renewals for A/V
    • Overdue Fees: $0.50/day
    • Replacement: $25 per item

    White Board Kits

    • Loan Period: 4 hours
    • Maximum Renewals: none
    • Overdue Fees: $0.10/hour
    • Replacement: $25 per item
  • Faculty & Staff
    Audiovisuals (DVDs, VHS, CD-ROMs, CDs)
    • Loan Period: 7 days
    • Maximum Renewals: 3 renewal; 7 days
    • Overdue Fees: none
    • Replacement: Cost varies per item

    Books (Main Stacks, Juvenile, Folio, Curriculum)

    • Loan Period: 180 days
    • Maximum Renewals: 1 renewal; 180 days
    • Overdue Fees: none
    • Replacement: Cost varies per item

    Camera Accessories

    • Loan Period: 4 days
    • Maximum Renewals: none
    • Overdue Fees: $1.00/day
    • Replacement: $100 per item

    Cameras

    • Loan Period: 4 days
    • Maximum Renewals: none
    • Overdue Fees: $5.00/day
    • Replacement: $300 per item

    Headphones

    • Loan Period: 4 hours
    • Maximum Renewals: none
    • Overdue Fees: $0.10/hour
    • Replacement: $100-$125 per item

    Interlibrary Loan

    • Loan Period: Determined by lending library
    • Maximum Renewals: Determined by lending library
    • Overdue Fees: $0.25/day
    • Replacement: Determined by lending library

    iPad Accessories

    • Loan Period: 3 days
    • Maximum Renewals: none
    • Overdue Fees: none
    • Replacement: $100 per item

    iPads

    • Loan Period: 3 days
    • Maximum Renewals: none
    • Overdue Fees: none
    • Replacement: $400 per item

    Juvenile Books

    • Loan Period: 21 days
    • Maximum Renewals: 4 renewals; 21 days
    • Overdue Fees: none
    • Replacement: Cost varies per item

    OhioLINK Materials

    • Loan Period: 42 days; 7 days for A/V
    • Maximum Renewals: 6 renewals; 3 renewals for A/V
    • Overdue Fees: $0.50/day
    • Replacement: $125 per item

    Periodicals

    • Loan Period: Special consideration
    • Maximum Renewals: n/a
    • Overdue Fees: n/a
    • Replacement: Cost varies per item

    Reference - Non-circulating

    • Loan Period: Special consideration
    • Maximum Renewals: n/a
    • Overdue Fees: n/a
    • Replacement: Cost varies per item

    Reference - Circulating (yellow label)

    • Loan Period: 7 days
    • Maximum Renewals: none
    • Overdue Fees: none
    • Replacement: $100 - $125 per item

    Reserve

    • Loan Period: varies
    • Maximum Renewals: none
    • Overdue Fees: none
    • Replacement: $100 - $125 per item

    SearchOhio Materials

    • Loan Period: 21 days; 7 days for A/V
    • Maximum Renewals: 3 renewals; 3 renewals for A/V
    • Overdue Fees: $0.50/day
    • Replacement: $25 per item

    VCR & Accessories

    • Loan Period: 3 days
    • Maximum Renewals: 1 renewal; 3 days
    • Overdue Fees: $5.00/day
    • Replacement: $100 - $125 per item

    White Board Kits

    • Loan Period: 4 hours
    • Maximum Renewals: none
    • Overdue Fees: none
    • Replacement: $25 per item
  • Alumni, Courtesy Borrowers, & ELS Language Center Students
    Audiovisuals (DVDs, VHS, CD-ROMs, CDs)
    • Loan Period: 7 days
    • Maximum Renewals: 1 renewal; 7 days
    • Overdue Fees: $0.25/day
    • Replacement: Cost varies per item

    Books (Main Stacks, Juvenile, Folio, Curriculum)

    • Loan Period: 21 days
    • Maximum Renewals: 1 renewal; 21 days
    • Overdue Fees: $0.25/day
    • Replacement: Cost varies per item

    Camera Accessories

    • Loan Period: n/a
    • Maximum Renewals: n/a
    • Overdue Fees: n/a
    • Replacement: n/a

    Cameras

    • Loan Period: n/a
    • Maximum Renewals: n/a
    • Overdue Fees: n/a
    • Replacement: n/a

    Headphones

    • Loan Period: 4 hours
    • Maximum Renewals: n/a
    • Overdue Fees: $0.10/hour
    • Replacement: $100-$125 per item

    Interlibrary Loan

    • Loan Period: n/a
    • Maximum Renewals: n/a
    • Overdue Fees: n/a
    • Replacement: n/a

    iPad Accessories

    • Loan Period: n/a
    • Maximum Renewals: n/a
    • Overdue Fees: n/a
    • Replacement: n/a

    iPads

    • Loan Period: n/a
    • Maximum Renewals: n/a
    • Overdue Fees: n/a
    • Replacement: n/a

    OhioLINK Materials

    • Loan Period: n/a
    • Maximum Renewals: n/a
    • Overdue Fees: n/a
    • Replacement: n/a

    Periodicals

    • Loan Period: non-circulating
    • Maximum Renewals: n/a
    • Overdue Fees: n/a
    • Replacement: n/a

    Reference - Non-circulating

    • Loan Period: Special n/a
    • Maximum Renewals: n/a
    • Overdue Fees: n/a
    • Replacement: n/a

    Reference 

    • Loan Period: n/a
    • Maximum Renewals: n/a
    • Overdue Fees: n/a
    • Replacement: n/a

    Reserve

    • Loan Period: varies
    • Maximum Renewals: n/a
    • Overdue Fees: $0.10/hour (2 & 4 hour loans); $1.00/day (1 & 3 day loans); $1.00/day (1 & 2 week loans)
    • Replacement: $100 - $125 per item

    SearchOhio Materials

    • Loan Period: n/a
    • Maximum Renewals: n/a
    • Overdue Fees: n/a
    • Replacement: n/a

    White Board Kits

    • Loan Period: n/a
    • Maximum Renewals: n/a
    • Overdue Fees: n/a
    • Replacement: n/a