The length of loan periods depends upon type of material, type of borrower and popularity of the item..

Books & Periodicals

Format Location Loan Period Renew? Holds? Bookable? Limits
Books & Periodicals 5th-10th floor 3 weeks (undergraduates);
4 weeks (staff)
4 Yes No N/A
Books & Periodicals 5th-10th floor 120 days (faculty & grad students,
see long term loans note)
4 Yes No N/A
Books Reserve (2nd floor) 2 hours;
24 hours
No No No students, faculty, staff
Textbooks Reserve (2nd floor) 2 hours No No No students, faculty, staff
Popular Reading 2nd floor 3 weeks 4 Yes No N/A

Media (Audio-Visual)

Format Location Loan Period Renew? Holds? Bookable? Limits
CD (Music) Cabinet
(5th Floor)
3 weeks 4 Yes No 10
Sound Effects Cabinet (5th Floor) 3 days No No No 4
Videos & DVD
(Reserve)
Reserve
(2nd floor)
3 hours No No Yes (Ryerson only) 2
Videos & DVD AV shelves
(5th floor)
7 days 3 Yes Yes 4

For more information including liability, please see Borrowing AV Material.

Technology & Equipment

Format Location Loan Period Renew? Holds? Book? Limits
Calculators, CD and DVD Players, Headphones, Laptops, Smart Board Markers Reserve (2nd floor) 8 hours No No No 1
Cameras, GoPros, Microphones, Tripods Reserve (2nd floor) 48 hours No No No 1

If the user’s card expires prior to the item’s due date, the card’s expiry date becomes the item’s due date.

Long-term Loans for Faculty and Graduate Students

All faculty and graduate students have 120 day loans for regular circulating 3-week books only with the option for one renewal. Many faculty and graduate students have indicated that they would like to have longer loan periods due to the nature of their academic work, and without the requirement to continually renew items.

Long-term loans will only apply to items in the regular circulating collection, and excludes 7-day loans, items on reserve, and the Audio-Visual collection. Long-term loans will still be subject to holds and recalls.

The Library hopes that long-term loans will support the teaching and research needs of faculty and graduate students.

Maximum Items Borrowed

For full and part-time students, faculty, and staff there is no limit placed on the number of books that may be borrowed from the main collection; restrictions are placed on items from the Reserve and Audio Visual collections.

Alumni, borrowers from other universities, and external borrowers may borrow a maximum of 10 items.