Borrowing from AU
Eligible AU and Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC) students, staff and faculty have privileges to borrow from the WRLC Storage Center as well as all of the main libraries participating in the WRLC. These include:
You must have your university ID card with you and be one of the following:
- An undergraduate or graduate student currently enrolled in a degree program
- A current faculty member or full time staff member
Typically, the law and medical libraries do not lend to WRLC users, and some law and medical students are not eligible to borrow in the consortium outside of their home institution. Washington College of Law students and faculty may borrow from the consortium. Individuals in other categories should consult their home library before visiting the AU Library.
Access and borrowing privileges are not transferable, which means that you may not use another individual's ID to borrow a book or use their login information to access e-resources. Remote access to e-resources held by AU Library are limited to current AU students, staff, and faculty; other individuals may view these resources onsite at Bender Library.
Loan periods for normal circulating materials: (Note: Loan periods may be shortened when items are recalled.)
- Undergraduate students and full-time Staff: 4 weeks (28 days)
- Graduate and Washington College of Law students: 6 weeks (42 days)
- Faculty: From 6 weeks to 4 months, utilizing three fixed due dates per year (January 31, May 31, September 30); renewal is available 6 weeks prior to the due date.
- Alumni & Friends of AU Library Borrowers: 4 weeks on AU items (WRLC-wide borrowing privileges are not available)
- Wesley Theological Seminary students and faculty, members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at AU, & faculty participating in OCLC's Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program: 4 weeks on AU items
There is no limit to the number of books that AU and WRLC students, staff, and faculty may borrow. All other borrowers may check out up to twenty five (25) books at any one time. For more detailed borrowing policies, please refer to the Library Table of Privileges.
Books from the general collections of the main WRLC libraries may be renewed online through your My Library Account. Books may be renewed up to 3 times online/remotely unless another borrower requests a hold/recall. Books may be brought to AU Library in-person for re-check out (doing so will reset the three time renewal limit). These instructions do not apply to non-general collection items - DVDs, music, Reserves items, equipment, etc.
Note: Items borrowed from George Mason, Georgetown, and outside the consortium through interlibrary loan are listed separately. If you are having problems renewing, it may be for one of the following reasons:
- You have already renewed your books three times online and need to bring them to any consortium library to have them rechecked-out.
- A hold/recall has been placed on one of the books.
- You have $25.00 or more in library fines that you will need to pay off at any consortium library before you will be permitted to borrow further.
- Your library account has expired.
Books can be returned to the Borrowing Desk or in the 24 hour book drops located in the front and rear of the building. AU Library books may also be returned to any main WRLC library.
Borrowers are responsible for any overdue fines resulting from items returned late. A borrower assumes financial responsibility of borrowed items until they are returned. Fines per item must be paid in full; partial payment is not accepted. Payments of fines and fees may be made at the Borrowing Desk. Credit (Visa, MasterCard, American Express) and EagleBuck$ are accepted. Credit card payments are also accepted by phone.
Fine Schedules and Policies
The overdue fine on general circulating items is $0.25 per day, per item. For recalled items, it is $5.00 per day. Fine schedules on other materials (e.g., those borrowed from Course Reserves, the Music Library, Media Services) can be found by clicking the links. All fines may be paid at the Borrowing Desk. The maximum overdue fine for overdue books is $10.00 per item, per checkout. For recalled books, the maximum is $25.00.
Lost or Damaged Items and Lost Fees
A book will be considered "lost" after being overdue for 40 days. An $80.00 item replacement fee, a $30.00 processing fee, and a $10.00 overdue fine will be added to your account per lost item. The item replacement and processing fee will be forgiven if you return the AU book. Lost consortium items will need to be handled through their home library. If an AU book is truly lost, a replacement copy may be provided. Please see the AU Library Book Replacement Policy.
Blocks on Borrowing
Borrowing is blocked if fines/fees reach $25.00. If you have lost materials (late by 40 days or more) or have excessive fines, your library account may be blocked from further use. You may also have a stop placed on your University-wide (Student) Account. The library reserves the right to deny borrowing privileges to anyone based upon just cause.
Food for Fines Program
AU Library offers a Food for Fines program once a year - around Thanksgiving through the end of the Fall semester. This offers patrons the opportunity to pay off a maximum of $20.00 in fines on AU items with food that AU will donate to a local food bank. Fines accrued on consortium loan items are not eligible.
A faculty proxy enables faculty to authorize their research/teaching assistants to conduct research and borrow items in their name at the AU Library. All material checked out by a proxy is charged to the faculty member's account, placing the responsibility for the materials, including fines accrued, with the faculty member. Proxies must be currently enrolled AU students, staff or faculty.
Faculty members may authorize a proxy for a single semester or up to a full academic year by completing a Faculty Proxy Authorization Form and submitting it to the Borrowing Desk. After forms are signed by faculty, they may be submitted by the assistant. Faculty may also email the Borrowing Desk to authorize proxy status.