In the midst of projects, exams, holidays, and travel plans, we know you have a lot to think about at this time of year. No one wants to return to campus to a library account full of fines — and we want to help you avoid them! By being proactive now, you can prevent accumulating fines and be prepared if a book you have checked out gets recalled.
If you have books checked out while traveling, please be aware that our recall policy still applies. All items, including 60-day loans, may be requested and recalled by another user at any time. A recall may shorten the loan period, but ensures that our users have equal access to materials. The Libraries cannot cancel a recall or forgive accrued fines from recalled items, but here are some tips to avoid fines altogether:
- If you are traveling for longer than a week, we suggest returning all items before you leave. Otherwise, store library materials in a secure place where a colleague, friend, housemate, or family member can easily access them. If an item is recalled, they can return it to any library information desk or book drop on your behalf.
- Check Your Account to see if any books you currently have are low on renewals. MIT students, faculty, and staff are allotted five automatic renewals for 60-day loan items owned by the Libraries. If a book has no renewals left, visit any library information desk so we can reset the renewal count.
- If you must take library materials with you while traveling, be prepared to ship them back, including tracking for international packages.
- Check your email regularly for due date reminders and recall notices. We will always update you if anything changes.
- Note that items borrowed from non-MIT libraries through interlibrary borrowing services can also be recalled at any time and may be subject to the policies of the lending institution.