Direct borrowing

Five College students and faculty and staff members may borrow books and other media from Five College campus libraries using the Joint Online Library Catalog, or in person using their campus ID. They may also borrow books from all main libraries and most major branch libraries in the Pioneer Valley. This requires presentation of a valid ID card from one of the institutions.

Five College Delivery

Five College students and faculty and staff members may request books, videos and DVDs from Five College campus libraries to be sent to their home library for pickup. After identifying the desired item in the online library catalog, click on "Request item" and enter the barcode from the college ID twice. The request will be placed and the item sent, usually within two business days. You will receive an email notice when the book is ready for pickup. Material is held for pickup for seven days.

Renewals

Book loans may be renewed at least three times for the same time period as the original loan. Click on "My account" in the online library catalog, log in with the barcode on the college ID, and follow the directions on the screen to renew books at all Five College libraries. Books that have been recalled or billed cannot be renewed. DVDs and videos typically cannot be renewed because they are in high demand.

Recalls

All loans from the Five College libraries are subject to recall for another borrower or for use on Reserve. You will receive an email recall notice asking you to return the item, and giving its new due date. Unreturned recalls are fined at $2 per day per item, and may result in denial of borrowing privileges.

Bills

Two overdue notices are sent in the month following the date the book is due. If it is still not returned, it is billed at a minimum charge of $85 per item, of which $10 is a non-refundable billing fee. Media loans are billed on a shorter time frame, for a minimum charge of $95. Unreturned billed items may result in denial of borrowing privileges. Inquiries about bills should be addressed to the library which owns the item. Unpaid bills are transmitted to the home institution for collection.