Trinity College Library

Borrowing Policies

The Library’s circulation policies are designed to grant equitable access to our resources for all members of the Trinity community. To that end borrowers must accept responsibility for the care and prompt return of materials.

All Trinity College, Connecticut College, and Wesleyan University students, faculty, and staff are automatically granted borrowing privileges across all three schools as long as the user is actively enrolled or employed and has a current ID card.

Other potential borrowers may apply for a Special Borrower’s Card at the Library’s Circulation Desk.  Applicants must present a valid government issued photo ID upon time of application. (See guest information below)

Loan extensions can be self-initiated by logging into your account within the Library Catalog. Upon reaching the final limit of any loan period, all borrowers are expected to bring the items to the Library's circulation desk for return or prove you still have it before restarting a new loan period.


Loan Periods, Renewals, and Limits

Students (total limit 75 items)


​Loan Period ​Loan Renewals Format Limits​
​Books 28 days​* ​3
​Music CDs ​14 days ​1 ​5
​Video ​3 days 1 ​5
​Periodicals, Ref. ​none ​0

*Student theses writers and matriculated graduate students will automatically have their book loan periods extended through the academic year, with no renewals.  

Faculty and Staff (total limit 200 items)

​Loan Period ​Loan Renewals ​Format Limits
​Books ​Academic year 2​
​Music CDs ​14 days 1​ ​10
​Video ​7 days ​1 ​10
​Periodicals, Ref. ​3 days ​0

Guests - Trinity Affiliated (total limit 10 items)

​Loan Period ​Loan Renewals ​Format Limits
​Books 28 days​ ​3
​Music CDs 14 days ​1 ​5
​Video ​3 days ​1 ​5


Trinity affiliated borrowers include Gateway students, Health Fellows, Auditors including alumni auditors, instrumental instructors currently teaching, and visiting faculty preparing for a course the following semester.

These users will often be issued a Special Borrowers Card on the spot as long as they have an acceptable form of identification and there is an authorized Access Services staff member on duty.

Guests - Other Associated Borrowers (limit 5 items total)

​Loan Period ​Loan Renewals
​Books ​28 days ​3


Other Associated Borrowers include Trinity alumni and retirees, other consortia, and guest scholars.  Faculty, staff, or doctoral students from the Council of Connecticut Academic Library Directors should ask for and come with a CCALD borrowing card from their home library.

Guest scholars will need to fill out an application for guest borrowing privileges.  Typically a decision will be conveyed within one week of applying.


Suspension of Borrowing Privileges

Note that all borrowing privileges will automatically be suspended if any borrower:
  • Has any overdue items
  • Has accumulated at least $20 in fines and fees