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Circulation Policies: Fondren Library Center

How to Obtain Your Library Card

  • SMU Alumni Cards may be obtained online or in person at the Circulation Desk.

Checking Out Materials

You must present your library card at the Circulation Desk to check out materials. It is your responsibility to:

  • Know the due date for when material is to be returned.
  • Return or renew material before the due date.
  • Exercise care in the handling of library materials.

Reviewing Your Library Account

Use the Library Catalog's "My Account" feature to review what materials you have checked out, renew materials, and view any overdue fines.


Loan Periods

  • 3 weeks


  • 5 renewals
  • Borrowers may renew if there are no holds or recalls on the item. Renewals may be made online.
  • Browsing books are not renewable.
  • Alumni borrowers are not eligible to place holds or recalls on materials.

Maximum Number of Book Items

  • 10 items

Overdue Fines

  • $1.00/day

DVD / Video

Loan Periods

  • Regular: 3 days, no renewals
  • Limited Access: 4 hours, in-library use only

Maximum Number of Media Items

  • 1 item

Overdue Fines

  • $5.00/day

All Other Library Materials

Alumni borrowers are not eligible to check out other items, but are welcome to use them in-house.

Lost Items

If library materials are not returned, the following lost item charges will apply:

  • Books and Periodicals: $90
    • $15.00 maximum overdue fines
    • $25.00 processing fee
    • $50.00 lost replacement
  • Media: $85
    • $30.00 maximum overdue fines
    • $25.00 processing fee
    • $30.00 lost replacement
  • Media Limited Access: $250
    • $30.00 maximum overdue fines
    • $25.00 processing fee
    • $195.00 lost replacement

Circulation Blocks

A suspension of library circulation privileges will occur, if any of these situations apply to your account:

  • 1 overdue recall
  • $20.00 or more in fines/fees
  • Expired, lost, or stolen library card

Report your lost or stolen library card to the library.

Eligible Visitor Borrowers

The following groups are eligible for a Visitor library card:

SMU Affiliated

  • Colophon/Friends of the Library
  • SMU Alumni (annual fee)
  • SMU Board of Trustees
  • Spouse of SMU Faculty/Staff
  • Ministers/House Mothers of SMU
  • Local Ministers supervising SMU Interns
  • Visiting Faculty doing research at SMU
  • Bridwell Associate

SMU Non-Affiliated

  • TexShare Card holders
  • Dallas Teachers
  • Dallas City Officials
  • Faculty participating in the OCLC Reciprocal Borrowing program

Circulation Questions?

Please ask us if you have any questions concerning your library account, how to renew, or other circulation questions.

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