Borrowing Privileges

Library materials can be checked out using your University TigerOne card if you are a Clemson University affiliate, or a borrowing card if you are a community member. Materials can be renewed at any service desk location, by phoning a service desk, chatting with us online or by logging on to My Library Account. Here you can view your items checked out, renew items, pay fines, turn on reading history and more.

Because some items can be borrowed for longer than others, use the following categories to help you figure out how long you can borrow an item, whether it can be renewed, and any associated fines or replacement costs for overdue or list items.

  • Circulating Books & Government Documents

     UndergraduateGraduate/HonorsEmployee/Retiree/EmeritusCommunity/Alumni
    Items per patron10020030010
    Loan period per item6 weeks12 weeks16 weeks4 weeks
    Number of renewalsunlimitedunlimitedunlimited1
    Overdue fee$0.25/day$0.25/daynone$0.25/day
    Fee overdue recall$1/day$1/daynone$1/day
  • Reserve Materials

     UndergraduateGraduate/HonorsEmployee/ Retiree/ EmeritusCommunity/ Alumni
    Items per patron333n/a
    Loan period per itemhourly or dailyhourly or dailyhourly or dailyn/a
    Overdue fee$1/hour or $1/day$1/hour or $1/daynonen/a
  • Journals

     UndergraduateGraduate/HonorsEmployee/ Retiree/ EmeritusCommunity/ Alumni
    Items per patron333n/a
    Loan period per item7 day7 day7 dayn/a
    Overdue fee$1/day$1/daynonen/a
  • Newspapers/ Magazines

     UndergraduateGraduate/HonorsEmployee/ Retiree/ EmeritusCommunity/ Alumni
    Items per patron333n/a
    Loan period per item7 day7 day7 dayn/a
    Overdue fee$1/day$1/daynonen/a
  • Popular Reading/ Audiobooks/ Language Learning

     UndergraduateGraduate/HonorsEmployee/ Retiree/ EmeritusCommunity/ Alumni
    Items per patron4444
    Loan period per item6 weeks6 weeks6 weeks4 weeks
    Overdue fee$0.25/day$0.25/daynone$0.25/day
    Number of renewals1111
  • All Maps

     UndergraduateGraduate/HonorsEmployee/ Retiree/ EmeritusCommunity/ Alumni
    Loan Period7 days7 days7 days7 days
    Overdue fee$1/day$1/day$1/day$1/day
    Number of renewals0000
  • CDs/ Video/ DVD

     UndergraduateGraduate/HonorsEmployee/ Retiree/ EmeritusCommunity/ Alumni
    Items per patron10101010
    Loan period per item6 weeks6 weeks6 weeks4 weeks
    Overdue fee$0.25/day$0.25/daynone$0.25/day
    Number of renewalsunlimitedunlimitedunlimited1
  • Repair or Rebinding Fees

     UndergraduateGraduate/HonorsEmployee/ Retiree/ EmeritusCommunity/ Alumni
    Outsourced Repair$25$25$25$25
    In-house fee$8$8$8$8
  • Projectors, Virtual Reality, Cameras, Camcorders

     UndergraduateGraduate/HonorsEmployee/ Retiree/ EmeritusCommunity/ Alumni
    Items per patron1 of ea.1 of ea.1 of ea.0
    Loan period per item3 days3 days3 daysn/a
    Overdue fee$20/day$20/daynonen/a
    Number of renewalsnonenonenonen/a
    Replacement feeat costat costat costn/a
  • Cords/Media cables/SD cards etc.

     UndergraduateGraduate/HonorsEmployee/ Retiree/ EmeritusCommunity/ Alumni
    Items per patron111 of ea.0
    Loan period per item3 days3 days3 daysn/a
    Overdue fee$5/day$5/daynonen/a
    Number of renewalsnonenonenonen/a
    Replacement feeat costat costat costn/a
  • Xbox One, PS4, Games, Cords

     UndergraduateGraduate/HonorsEmployee/ Retiree/ EmeritusCommunity/ Alumni
    Items per patron1 kit 2 games1 kit 2 games1 kit 2 games0
    Loan period per item7 days7 days7 daysn/a
    Overdue fee$20 kits/$5 games/$5 cords$20 kits/$5 games/$5 cords$20 kits/$5 games/$5 cordsn/a
    Number of renewalsnonenonenonen/a
    Replacement feeat costat costat costn/a
  • Kits and Manipulative Materials

     UndergraduateGraduate/HonorsEmployee/ EmeritusCommunityAlumni
    Total Items Per Patron1002004001020
    Loan Period6 weeks6 weeks6 weeks4 weeks4 weeks
    Number of Renewals*11111
    Overdue Fee$0.25/day$0.25/daynone$0.25/day$0.25/day
    Recalled Overdue Fee$1.00/day$1.00/day$1.00/day$1.00/day$1.00/day
    Replacement FeeAt cost + $25.00 processing feeAt cost + $25.00 processing feeAt cost + $25.00 processing feeAt cost + $25.00 processing feeAt cost + $25.00 processing fee
    *Additional renewals may be requested by email, phone, or in-person and are dependent upon availability and demand.
  • Interlibrary Loans

     UndergraduateGraduate/HonorsEmployee/ Retiree/ EmeritusCommunity/ Alumni
    Items per patronunlimitedunlimitedunlimited emp/NA to retirees0
    Loan period per itemvaries by collegevaries by collegevaries by collegen/a
    Overdue fee$1/day$1/daynonen/a
    Number of renewalsvaries by collegevaries by collegevaries by collegen/a
    Replacement feeat costat costat costn/a
  • Pascal Items

     UndergraduateGraduate/HonorsEmployee/ Retiree/ EmeritusCommunity/ Alumni
    Items per patron25 (3 per school)25 (3 per school)25 (3 per school)0
    Loan period per itemvaries by college/up to 6 weeksvaries by college/up to 6 weeksvaries by college/up to 6 weeksn/a
    Overdue fee$1/day$1/daynonen/a
    Number of renewals1 for 6 weeks1 for 6 weeks1 for 6 weeksn/a
  • Lost or Nonreturned Item fees

    Some equipment, books, reserve items, etc. are priced individually. Popular reading cd's can not be replaced by patrons.
     UndergraduateGraduate/HonorsEmployee/ Retiree/ EmeritusCommunity/ Alumni
    Default Book Cost$75$75$75$75
    Processing fee$25$25$25$25
    Binding fee for soft back$8$8$8$8
    Book for book replacement fee1 for 6 weeks1 for 6 weeks1 for 6 weeksn/a
    Lost disc for popular readingat costat costat costat cost


  • Policy: Circulation Policies

    Clemson University Libraries practices the open stack method of library operation. The Libraries provide loan privileges to students, faculty, staff, and community patrons with a valid University Identification card. The Libraries’ patron database contains the names of authorized patrons (full-time employees and currently enrolled students). Community patrons are provided ID cards by the Libraries. Special University program participants, and retired faculty and staff are provided ID cards through the University’s Card Access Office. University policy states “this card is the property of Clemson University. It should be carried at all times and presented upon request to any University official. This card is NOT TRANSFERABLE.”

    Recall Policy

    All materials with a loan period of two weeks or greater are subject to recall. Patrons who do not return recalled materials by the due date are blocked from circulation privileges and students are charged $1.00 per day late fee. The original borrower is guaranteed only a two week loan period. Materials needed for reserve are handled as rush recalls and take precedence over other recalls. In this event, patrons recalling the same item(s) will be notified that the item(s) is being placed on reserve.

    Notices and Address Information

    Patrons receive all notifications through electronic mail or if an e-mail address is not given, through regular U.S. mail. Students have the capability to change address information in the Student Information System (SIS).

    Fees

    Late, Damaged or Lost Materials Fee

    To ensure maximum availability of materials, the library collects fines from patrons who do not return items within the prescribed loan period. The purpose of the fines is to ensure that the materials are returned promptly to the library. Please refer to the billing rates list for information on all fines, fees and charges. All patrons (except employees) pay fines for overdue materials (books, journals, media, etc). The date shown in “My Library Account” indicates the due date. After that date, overdue fines apply. Items returned to the library after hours or during closed holiday periods are considered to be returned on the previous open date. Items returned to remote book depositories are considered to be returned on the last date emptied. All patrons are financially responsible for lost or damaged materials. Materials cannot be purchased from the library. Regardless of whether replacement or payment has been made for an item, it remains the property of the university. Any person who has falsely claimed to have lost materials simply to retain possession can be charged for illegally possessing state property. Patrons receive 4 overdue notices. All patrons with materials which are forty-five days overdue receive a final bill for the replacement cost plus a processing fee and any accrued fines. In cases where a patron offers to replace the item directly, he/she must purchase an item of the same edition or later.  He/she must also pay any extra fees associated with the item (such as a binding fee if a paperback is substituted for a hard-bound) plus the processing fee.  Popular reading audiobooks are treated as exceptions and cannot be replaced by the patron.  Borrowing privileges are blocked until the debt is satisfied. The Libraries’ reserve the right to order a similar piece in the subject area as a replacement. If returned within six months, all fees (except overdue fines) will be refunded. After six months, no refunds are issued. When a replacement is not available, the average cost will be used for that subject area or call number.

    Debt Collection

    Student debts of more than $.50 are submitted to Receivables for collection. Employee and community bills are submitted to an external collection agency.  Additional collection fees may be assessed by the Libraries’ and the University Business Affairs Office.

    Contractual Agreements With Other Institutions

    Group circulation privileges can be negotiated between Clemson University Libraries and other institutions such as colleges, universities, organizations, businesses and state or federal agencies. The Libraries also negotiate privileges with individuals who are interested in expanded services.  
    Original policy adopted: February 4, 1980
    Last Revision: August 23, 2018
    Approved by Library Council: August 23, 2018