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Borrowing and privileges guide

MaterialFaculty/staff, graduate and honors studentsUndergraduate studentsCommunity* and Friends of VCU LibrariesFines**Replacement and damage fees
Books from VCU Libraries general collection

6 months
5 renewals

Unlimited loans

28 days
2 renewals

Unlimited loans

28 days
1 renewal

10 loans maximum

none

Replacement fee: Books from Cabell: $90
Replacement fee: Books from Tompkins-McCaw: $150
Damage fee: $25 minimum
DVDs and CDs

7 days
1 renewal

25 loans maximum

7 days
1 renewal

5 loans maximum

7 days
no renewal

5 loans maximum

$1/day (max $10)

Replacement fee: $90
Materials from other libraries (Interlibrary Loan)

varies

varies

varies

 

Replacement fee: $135 minimum
Damage fee: $25 minimum  

Course Reserves

varies

varies

n/a

$5/hour (max $50)

varies 
Cabell Library equipment (calculators and adaptors)

4 hours
1 renewal

Limit 1 per patron

4 hours
1 renewal

Limit 1 per patron

n/a

$5/hour (max $30)

replacement fee: $100 
Workshop equipment

3 days   
1 renewal

3 days  
1 renewal

In-house only

$10/day

varies 
Tompkins-McCaw accessories (whiteboards, dry erase markers, surge protectors)

4 hours
no renewal

Limit 1 per patron

4 hours
no renewal

Limit 1 per patron

n/a

$1/hour 
(max $10)

varies 
Tompkins-McCaw equipment (cameras, projectors, tripods)

3 days
1 renewal

3 days
1 renewa

n/a

$10/day

varies 

*Community borrowers borrowers include VCU alumni who request a patron account, students and faculty at participating Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) institutions, through the cooperative borrowing program students and faculty at Richmond Academic Library Consortium institutions, and high school students at local partner schools.

** NOTE: Undergraduate students and community borrowers who have an outstanding library balance of more than $5.00 are not able to borrow from our collection. Graduate students, staff, and faculty who have an outstanding library balance of more than $25.00 are not able to borrow from our collection. Payment can be made in person or online.

Payment for fines and fees

Pay online: Check your library account for the amount due, then use a credit/debit card to pay fees online with our secure website. Select the correct fee payment type (Fine and Fee Payments for VCU Libraries materials or Interlibrary Loan payments) to ensure proper posting. Payments will be posted to your library account and Banner holds will be cleared within 1 business day. 

Pay in person or by mail: Fees can be paid in person at Cabell Library or Tompkins-McCaw Library any time the libraries are open. We accept cash, checks, credit/debit and RamBucks. Payments are also accepted via mail (checks payable to VCU Libraries). If paying by mail, please address payments to Cabell Library; attn: Jeanne Scott; Box 842033; Richmond, VA 23284-2033. 

Account questions

Something not quite right with your library account? You can request an investigation to dispute discrepancies in your library record and/or charges for overdue, lost or damaged material. This constitutes the first step in the appeal process.

Other borrowers