Cornell University

Circulation Policies

Library circulation policies are designed to ensure prompt and equitable access to all library materials. Specific policies may vary somewhat among different Cornell University Libraries and you should contact individual libraries to inquire about their policies. A borrower must have a valid Cornell ID card to borrow a book from the library. The length of time a borrower may keep a book is determined by the Cornell University Library administration. There are, however, some general guidelines:

  • Undergraduates may borrow books for eight weeks
  • Faculty and staff may borrow books for one year
  • Graduate students may borrow books for six months
  • Library card holders may borrow books for four weeks
  • Periodicals: Bound periodicals may be borrowed for 3 days.

Listed below are some additional guidelines:

  • Patrons are required to have a Cornell ID to check out any Fine Arts Library material. A Cornell ID card is non-transferable, which means you may not loan or borrow ID cards.
  • Patrons are personally responsible for the prompt and safe return of all library materials. Do not loan your books to others or leave them in an area where they may be stolen (for example, your studio desk).
  • Most borrowed materials may be returned to any library on the Ithaca, Geneva, or Weill Cornell Medical College (New York City) campuses.
  • The book drop is always open when the library is closed. Be aware, however, that Rand Hall is not always open. If you need to return books and do not have access to Rand Hall, the closest book drop is in Olin Library. Please use My Account to monitor when materials are due.
  • It is your responsibility to keep your email address updated with the library to ensure you receive notices promptly.
  • Any item borrowed from the library is subject to recall at any time. We strongly urge you to return books to the library if you plan to be away from campus, particularly over breaks.
  • It is your responsibility to notify the Fine Arts Library immediately if you lose or misplace library material.

The following materials must be returned directly to the libraries from which they were issued:

  • Reserve titles (two-hour loans, one-day loans)
  • Laptops and other AV equipment
  • Borrow Direct Loans with no Cornell Library Barcode
  • Interlibrary Loans
  • Fragile items
  • Any special loan materials (single-journal issues, manual loans, etc.)