Trinity College Library

Borrowing Policies

Our 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, Connecticut College, and Wesleyan University students, faculty, and staff are automatically granted borrowing privileges across the three schools as long as they are actively enrolled or employed and have a current ID card.

Other potential borrowers may apply for a Special Borrower’s Card at the library’s Circulation Desk.  Applicants will be asked for a valid government issued photo ID.

Loan renewals/extensions can be self-initiated by logging into your account through the library catalog. Upon reaching the final limit of your lending privileges, all borrowers are expected to return one's items to the Circulation Desk.


Loan Periods, Renewals, and Limits

Students​​ ​Loan Period ​​Renewal Limits ​Format Limits
   Books ​28 days* ​12 none
​   Music CDs ​14 days ​1 ​5
   ​Video ​3 days ​1 ​5
​   Periodicals none -​ ​-
Faculty and Staff​
   Books​ ​Academic year ​none ​none
   Music CDs​ ​14 days ​1 ​10
   Video​ ​7 days ​1 ​10
   Periodicals, Reference​ ​3 days ​0 ​-
Affiliated Borrowers
   Books​ ​28 days ​3 ​10
​   Music CDs ​14 days ​1 ​5
​   Video 3 days​ ​1 ​5
Alumni and Guest Borrowers
   Books​​ ​28 days ​3 ​5

* Note: Student thesis writers can ask the Access Services Librarian for book loan periods of 6 months / one renewal.

Affiliated Borrowers include auditors, visiting faculty preparing for a course the following semester, and current instrumental instructors.  These users will , and current instrumental instructors.  These users will be issued a Special Borrowers Card on the spot as long as they have an acceptable form of identification and there is an authorized circulation manager on duty.

Alumni and Guest Borrowers include Trinity alumni and retirees, non-CTW consortia partners, and guest scholars.  Alumni and retirees are issued cards on request if a circulation manager is present.  Faculty, staff, or doctoral students from institutions part of the Council of Connecticut Academic Library Directors should bring a CCALD borrowing card from their home library.  Guest scholars will need to fill out an application for guest borrowing privileges with a decision typically conveyed within one week of application.

Note that Special Borrower's Cards only allow borrowing of Trinity materials.  They do not include privileges to access the library's online resources nor to place interlibrary loan requests.


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