Borrowing Policies

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 -​ ​-
​   Interlibrary loan (ILL) available ​ ​ ​
Faculty and Staff​ (current and retired) ​ ​ ​
   Books​ ​Academic year ​none ​none
   Music CDs​ ​14 days ​1 ​10
   Video​ ​7 days ​1 ​10
   Periodicals, Reference​ ​3 days ​0 ​-
​   Interlibrary Loan (ILL) **
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 academic year book loans.

** Current Trinity students and employees receive ILL privileges automatically. ILL is available to retired faculty and staff upon request.


Borrower Categories

All Trinity, Connecticut College, and Wesleyan University students, faculty, staff  and retirees are automatically granted borrowing privileges across the three schools as long as they are actively enrolled, employed or retired, and have a current ID card. Trinity retirees also have ILL privileges  but must ask to be added to the database of ILL users.

Affiliated Borrowers include auditors, visiting faculty preparing for a course the following semester, 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 members of the Council of Connecticut Academic Library Directors.  Alumni are issued cards on request if a circulation manager is present.  Faculty, staff, or doctoral students from institutions part of CCALD 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.

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.
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