Answered By: Julie Petzold
Last Updated: Sep 03, 2021     Views: 470

Borrowing Privileges

A valid Harvard ID or a Gutman Library Special Borrower card is required to borrow books from Gutman Library.

Borrowing Period -- General Collection (includes DVDs and Videos)

Students, Faculty and Staff: 30 month loan

Alumni & Special Borrowers: 12 month loan

Borrowing Period -- Reserve Collection

3 hour loans or, if borrowed within 3 hour of closing, overnight loans. Materials borrowed overnight are due back the next day 30 minutes after the library opens.

Reserve tests may be borrowed for 3 hours to review in the library. Students in testing courses may make other arrangements.

Library Materials that do NOT circulate:

Periodicals, reference materials, items in the stacks labeled "Non-Circulating," Special Collections materials, and all microforms other than theses from other universities.


Unless recalled by another patron, materials are renewed automatically up to 30 months for current Harvard affiliates and up to one year for alumni and Special Borrowers. Reserve materials may only be renewed in person.


Items in circulation may be recalled for your use by selecting the “Request Pick Up” function from the title availability display in HOLLIS. You will be notified by email when the item becomes available.

If another library patron requests an item you have borrowed, you will be notified by email that the book must be returned before its original due date. Books are subject to recall after a minimum of 7 days of use, and due 7 days after the recall notice was sent.

Overdue Fines

Recalled items: $3.00 per day per overdue item
Reserve materials: $3.00 per hour per overdue item
Replacement Fees: The charge for a lost book is $100.00 plus accrued fines

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