Borrowing Policies

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Loan Periods, Renewals, and Limits

Undergraduate Students​​ ​Loan Period ​​Renewal Limits ​Format Limits
   Books ​28 days* unlimited none
​   Audio Recordings* ​28 days ​3 ​none
   ​Video and DVDs ​7 days ​2 ​none
​   Periodicals none -​ ​-
​   Interlibrary loan (ILL) available ​ ​ ​
Faculty, Staff​, Graduate Students, Thesis students ​
   Books​ ​Academic year unlimited ​none
   Audio recordings* ​28 days unlimited ​none
   Video​ and DVDs ​7 days unlimited ​none
   Periodicals, Reference​ ​3 days ​0 ​-
​   Interlibrary Loan (ILL) available. (Retired faculty and staff may be granted ILL privileges upon request.)​ ​
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

* Limitations may apply

Borrower Categories

Students, Faculty, and Staff
All Trinity College, 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, which will be granted upon request.

Affiliated Borrowers
Auditors, visiting faculty, and current instrumental instructors will be issued a Special Borrowers Card upon request at the Information Services desk anytime a supervisor is available. A completed application form and an acceptable form of identification will be required.

Alumni and Guest Borrowers
Trinity alumni and former faculty can obtain a Special Borrowers Card upon request at the Information Services desk anytime a supervisor is available. Faculty, staff, or doctoral students from institutions part of the Council of Connecticut Academic Library Directors (CCALD) must submit an application for guest borrowing privileges and present their CCALD card. A decision is typically conveyed within one week of application.

Applications for a Special Borrower’s Card are available at the library’s Information Services Desk or by emailing Applicants will be asked for a valid government-issued photo ID before receiving their Special Borrower’s Card.

Note that a Special Borrower's Card allows borrowing of Trinity print materials only. They do not include access to the library's online resources, Connecticut College or Wesleyan University Collections, or interlibrary loan requests.

Fines & Fees information​

Suspension of Borrowing Privileges

Note that all borrowing privileges will automatically be suspended if any borrower:

  • Has 10 overdue items
  • Has 1 recalled item overdue
  • Has 1 reserve item overdue