Borrowing Materials

Loan Periods, Fines, and Lost or Damaged Materials

You are responsible for all items checked out on your Hawkeye Library card. If you check out items for other people, you will be charged the fines if the items are not returned.

Library fines exist only to encourage timely return of library materials. Although our fines are modest, over a period of several days, the fines can add up quickly, especially if you have several items overdue. You may be held accountable for materials that are not returned; according to sections 808.12 and 714.5 of the Iowa Code, concealment of library materials or failure to return library materials constitutes theft.

You must be enrolled in the current semester in order to have “student” borrowing privileges.

Type of Material Checkout Period Fine
Laptops (home use) 3 weeks
Students can check out one electronic device or laptop.
Laptops cannot be checked out to the general public.
$25.00 / day
Electronic Devices 3 weeks
Students can check out one electronic device or laptop.
Electronic devices cannot be checked out to the general public.
$25.00 / day
References Checkout not allowed.  
Reserves Checkout period determined by faculty member placing the item on reserve.
Most reserve items cannot be checked out to the general public.
generally $1.00 / day
Videos 3 weeks
Videos cannot be checked out to the general public.
Faculty members may checkout videos for up to three weeks for use in the classroom.
No daily fine
Books 3 weeks
Faculty members may check out books for six months
No daily fine
Periodicals 3 weeks No daily fine
Interlibrary Loan

Due date is set by the lending library.
Renewals allowed at discretion of lending library.
Everyone, including Hawkeye students, faculty, and staff, will be assessed fines for interlibrary loan items returned late.

$1.00 / day

Lost and Damaged Materials

Unfortunately, library materials sometimes are lost or damaged. The person who checked out the items will be billed the replacement cost for each lost or damaged book and video.

Periodicals are assessed at $10.00 per issue.

Lost interlibrary loan items are assessed at $100.00 per item. You will be responsible for charges in excess of $100 if the lending library bills a higher amount. You are also responsible for costs associated with the damage of an interlibrary loan item, at the amount assessed by the lending library. You will be responsible for paying the total amount billed by the lending library, plus the accumulated overdue fines.

Unpaid Library Fines/Bills

If you have an unpaid fine or library bill, your library checkout privileges will be suspended until the bill is paid.

In addition, you will not be able to receive a transcript of your classes until this bill is paid in full.

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