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Borrowing and Renewing Policies

For how long can I borrow a library item?

  • Borrowing Chart – Mortensen Library
  • Borrowing Chart – Allen Library
  • These show loan periods, renewal limits, number of items allowed, and overdue fees.


  • All patrons must present a valid University ID card to borrow from Harrison Libraries.
  • Circulating items are due on the date indicated in My Account, regardless of whether the item bears a date-due stamp or has been stamped with an incorrect date. Patrons are responsible for any items charged to their accounts.
  • If an item is not on the shelf, ask to fill out a Missing Item Card at the Circulation Desk to initiate a search; you will be notified when the item is available.


  • Before the due date, you may be able to renew items online through My Account. For renewal limits, see the Borrowing Charts for Mortensen and Allen Libraries. Some restrictions apply.
  • Library materials can also be renewed in person, or by calling the library circulation desk (Mortensen–860.768.4264 or Allen–860.768.4491).

Fees – Overdue

  • Official due dates for items checked out can be found online through My Account.
  • Overdue items are as follows:
    • $.10/day for books and scores.
    • $.25/day for Allen Library CDs and LPs.
    • $1 to $5/hour for limited circulation materials (e.g., reserves, laptops).
    • The maximum overdue fine for regular circulating items is $10 per item ($15 for  CDs, LPs, and hourly loans). Items overdue by 45 or more days accrue additional fees (see below).
  • See the Borrowing Charts for Mortensen and Allen Libraries for full details about fees.
  • Unresolved or excessive overdue fees will be sent to the bursar for collection at the discretion of the library.

Fees – Long Overdue (45 days) and Lost Items

  • Lost items or items that are 45 days overdue will be billed additional fees for (1) the cost of replacing the item and (2) a non-refundable $15 processing fee (covers efforts to retrieve, search for, and replace item).
  • Fees will be sent to the bursar for collection at the discretion of the library.
  • If an item is returned, the replacement cost will be removed or refunded (up to one year after the billing date), but the $15 processing fee and the daily/hourly overdue fee will still be assessed.

Loss of Privileges

  • Failure to return books may result in blocking or loss of privileges.
  • Failure to follow Harrison Libraries Policies may result in loss of privileges.
  • Patrons with $20 or more in unresolved fees will be blocked from checking out and removing materials from the library. (Patrons may still use materials within the library.)

Non-Circulating Items

Materials to be used only within the library (see Borrowing Charts for Mortensen and Allen Libraries) for loan periods and overdue fees):

  • Allen Library M2/M3 Collection
    (Collected & Complete Works)
  • Archives
  • Closed Stacks Materials
  • Journals & Periodicals
  • Laptops
  • Microfilm
  • Newspapers
  • Rare books
  • Reserve Materials
  • Reference Materials

Borrowing from Other Libraries

  • Interlibrary Services - Borrow materials from libraries across the country.
  • CCALD/CLC Reciprocal Borrowing Program - Borrow materials from other academic libraries in Connecticut.
    • University of Hartford students, faculty or staff may request a CCALD borrower's card at the Mortensen Library circulation desk that allows them to check out materials at the other participating institutions. Or you may use this form to apply online.
    • Visitors from other participating institutions should obtain their CCALD cards from their own libraries before visiting the University of Hartford Libraries.
  • Consortium Students – Borrowing privileges for University of Hartford students enrolled in courses at other Hartford-area colleges/universities (and vice versa).