Loan Periods

Student checking out a book

 Library services have been impacted by COVID-19.

  • Item pickup is now located in the Neilson Library. For details, see Library Services During COVID-19.
  • Print Reserves are suspended until library services resume on campus and physical lending can be done equitably. All reserves are currently offered online only.
  • Equipment lending is suspended until full library services resume on campus and physical lending can be done equitably. Please contact Smith College Digital Support with all equipment requests.

During COVID-19: Spring 2021

Note: This chart applies to library materials that are borrowed during the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters. Due dates for Smith students borrowing Smith books is one semester or 90 days, whichever is longer. Comment start Semester-long loans are due May 21, 2021

As of February 2021, all currently checked out items have had their due date extended to March 15, 2021. Please make sure to return or renew materials before the due date.

Most books can be renewed online. See Library Services During COVID-19 for information on how to request books.

Patron Type Smith Books Five College Books Burack Bound Periodicals DVD/Videos*
SC Undergrad 1 semester or 90 days 90 days 1 semester Request article PDFs or scans through ILL 28 days
SC Grad & Thesis 1 semester or 90 days 90 days 1 semester Request article PDFs or scans through ILL 28 days
SSW Students Due early June 90 days Due early June Request article PDFs or scans through ILL 28 days
SC Faculty & Staff 1 year 90 days 1 semester Not available or override required 28 days
SC Affiliates / Alumnae Not available Not available Not available Not available Not available
FC Students 90 days 90 days 28 days Not available 28 days
FC Faculty & Staff 90 days 90 days 28 days Not available 28 days
Area Residents Not available Not available Not available Not available Not available

*Note: DVDs are available for contactless pickup and Five College delivery only. They cannot be mailed.

Library Loan Periods

Patron Type Books Burack Reserves Bound Periodicals DVD/Videos/LPs/CDs
SC Undergrad 90 days 4 weeks 3 hours 1 week 1 week
SC Grad & Thesis 1 semester 4 weeks 3 hours 1 week 1 week
SSW Students

Summer: 1 week
(or due early June)

4 weeks 3 hours 1 week 1 week
SC Faculty & Staff 1 year 4 weeks 3 hours 1 week 1 week
SC Affiliates / Alumnae 4 weeks 4 weeks 3 hours onsite use 1 week
FC Students, Faculty & Staff 90 days 4 weeks 3 hours onsite use 1 week

Area Residents
(See Purchase a Library Card)

4 weeks 4 weeks N/A onsite use onsite use

Special Item Loan Periods

Some items in the Hillyer Art Library and Josten Performing Arts Library have special loan periods.

Patron Type Books/Scores (Hillyer and Josten) Art Restricted (Hillyer) Locked Stacks (Hillyer) Bound Periodicals (Hillyer) Art Media (Hillyer) Treasure Cases (Josten)
SC Undergrad 90 days onsite use onsite use onsite use 1 week 3 hours
SC Grad & Thesis 1 semester onsite use onsite use onsite use 1 week 3 hours
SSW Students 90 days onsite use onsite use onsite use 1 week 3 hours
SC Faculty & Staff 1 year 1 year onsite use 1 week 1 week 1 week
SC Affiliates / Alumnae 4 weeks onsite use onsite use onsite use 1 week 3 hours
FC Students, Faculty & Staff 90 days onsite use onsite use onsite use 1 week 3 hours
Area Residents onsite use onsite use onsite use onsite use onsite use onsite use