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Borrowing Library Material at UMass Lowell

Borrowing Policies

Borrowing From UMass Lowell Libraries

These borrowing policies have been instituted to insure equitable access to materials for as many patrons as possible. The University Libraries are open to adult members of the public, but direct borrowing privileges are restricted to:

  • UMass Lowell Students, Faculty, Staff and Alumni
  • Friends of the UMass Lowell Libraries
  • Massachusetts Public University, State or Community College Students and Faculty (See eligible institutions)
  • Boston Library Consortium (BLC) card holders
  • UML Libraries Corporate Membership holders
  • Lowell Public Library card holders
  • Massachusetts State Park rangers
  • LIRA members

Other individuals may ask their public libraries to request UMass Lowell Libraries material on their behalf.

Those wishing to borrow library materials, including Reserve items, must register with the UMass Lowell Libraries. You may register in person at the circulation desk at either Lydon or O'Leary Library. (A valid photo identification must be presented.)

  • UMass Lowell students, faculty and staff must register with their UMass Lowell "UCARD" IDs.
  • UMass Lowell Alumni must register with a UMass Lowell Alumni ID card (available through the Alumni Office) and a valid driver’s license or state issued photo ID.
  • Massachusetts Public University, State or Community College Students and Faculty must register with a current photo ID from their school.
  • BLC card holders must register with the BLC card issued by their home institution and valid school photo ID or driver’s license.
  • Lowell Public Library patrons must register with a valid Lowell Public Library card and driver’s license or state issued photo ID.
  • Friends of the UMass Lowell Libraries must register with a driver’s license or state issued photo ID.
  • Massachusetts State Park rangers should contact Ellen MJ Keane to arrange for borrowing privileges.
  • LIRA members must register with their LIRA cards.

Patrons may borrow library materials by bringing them to the circulation desk and checking them out up until 15 minutes before closing time at Lydon and O'Leary Libraries. The circulation desk in Lydon Library is located on the 1st floor. The circulation desk in O'Leary Library is on the 4th floor.

  • UMass Lowell students, faculty and staff must present their UMass Lowell (UCARD) IDs to borrow items from the Libraries.

  • UMass Lowell Alumni must present their UMass Lowell Alumni ID card to borrow.

  • BLC Card holders must present the BLC card issued by their home institution at check out.

  • All other patrons must present their UMass Lowell Libraries issued Special Borrower’s Card at check out.

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Loan and Renewal Periods and Limits

Loan Periods

Loan Period, Limit, and Renewal Policies for UMass Lowell Libraries Books

Patron

Loan Period

Item Limit

Renewal Period

Renewal Limit

UMass Lowell Faculty

1 Semester

30

1 Semester

Unlimited*

UMass Lowell Graduate Students

28 Days

20

28 Days

Unlimited*

UMass Lowell Undergraduate Students

28 Days

15

28 Days

Unlimited*

All Others

28 Days

10

28 Days

1*

*Material may not be renewed if another patron has placed a request for it or if it is needed for Course Reserves.
Interlibrary Loan items may be renewable with permission from the lender.

Loan Period, Limit, and Renewal Policies for UML materials other than books

Polices for non-book materials are the same for all borrowers.

Material Type

Loan Period

Item Limit

Renewal Period

Renewal Limit

CDs

1 Week

10

1 Week

Unlimited*

Reserve Items

2 Hours

3

2 Hours

2

Equipment

1 Week

3

1 Week

Unlimited*

*Material may not be renewed if another patron has placed a request for it or if it is needed for Course Reserves.
 

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Overdue and Lost Items

Returning Items

Borrowed materials may be returned to the circulation desk at either Lydon Library or O'Leary Library any time the libraries are open.

Overdue and Lost Items

Overdue fines are not charged at the University Libraries. Patrons are asked to borrow responsibly and please return material on time so that everyone may use it fairly. If material is needed for longer than the borrowing period, it may be renewed online.

When an item becomes more than 28 days overdue, it is considered lost. A $130.00 replacement fee and a $30.00 processing fee is charged. A lost book may be replaced by a new copy of the same book in its most recent edition and a $30.00 processing fee. If the lost book is no longer available in print, the fee must still be paid.

Fees must be paid by check at either O'Leary or Lydon Library:

O’Leary Library Lydon Library
Monday - Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday: 7:00 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.

BLC Cards

Boston Library Consortium Cards

Boston Library Consortium (BLC) Cards are used to gain access and to borrow material directly from libraries in the BLC. UMass Lowell faculty, staff and students with library accounts in good standing may register for BLC cards at the circulation desks of Lydon and O’Leary Libraries. A current UML ID is required to obtain a BLC card.

These cards allow users to open borrowing accounts with the other BLC libraries and use those libraries in person. Users are subject to the rules of the libraries at which they use their BLC cards, including fines for overdue or lost items, or item recalls.

It is the borrower’s responsibility to return items borrowed with a BLC card to the library from which they were borrowed. The University Libraries do accept responsibility for returning items borrowed in this manner.

The following are the participating libraries in the BLC Consortium Card Program. Please click the name of the library for more information.

Boston College

Boston University

Brandeis University

Marine Biological Laboratory and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Northeastern University

State Library of Massachusetts

Tufts University

University of Connecticut

University of Massachusetts Amherst

University of Massachusetts Boston

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

University of Massachusetts Lowell

University of New Hampshire

University of Rhode Island

Wellesley College

Williams College