What changes have been made to graduate student user privileges?


The University Libraries in the Twin Cities and the Kathryn A. Martin Library at Duluth are aligning our policies on graduate student loan privileges on our two campuses to create a more consistent user experience. This means that on Aug. 1, 2016:

  • Graduate students in Duluth will see their maximum loan periods (initial loan, plus renewals) extended from six months to one year for regular 13 week loans.
  • Graduate students in the Twin Cities will see their maximum loan periods reduced from two years to one year.
  • Consistent overdue fines will be assessed on both campuses.

Why is this happening now?
We’re implementing the transition prior to the beginning of Fall 2016 Semester in order to minimize the impact on students with new loans.

What does "regular 13 week loan" mean?  
The majority of items available for checkout have an initial 13 week loan period, after which the books are automatically renewed up to a year.  At the end of the year, bring in any items you want to retain, and the Libraries will reissue them to you.  

I checked out items before Aug. 1, 2016.  What happens to the maximum due date for these loans?
We’re gradually reducing the maximum loan period for items currently checked out to ease the transition for students with active loans. Affected items checked out before August 1 will have a minimum of three months remaining for renewal -- and in many cases much longer.

We realize this is a new policy, so if you need to retain materials beyond the final due date, contact us and we’ll extend the loan.

What will the fines rates be?
Don’t worry! Fines aren’t assessed until the full renewal period (1 year) is exhausted. After that, regular 13 week loans are charged at $0.50 per day and are capped at $15.00 per item.  

Fines may be assessed before the full renewal period in the following cases:

  • Some items have shorter loan periods such as course reserves which have a 3 hour loan period.
  • An item that has been requested by another patron, and and you do not return the item within 7 days.

How will I know when I have an item due and whether a fine has been assessed?
Patrons are emailed library activity notices at the beginning of each month. This report outlines what items you have checked out as well as any fines you might have. You will also be notified through email when an item is close to the due date as well as when fines will potentially be assessed if the item is not returned/renewed.  

I have more questions. Who can I ask for help?
Contact us at libnotic@umn.edu or 612-624-3321 for additional assistance. We’re here to help!


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