Circulation Policies

Circulation Policies

Library patrons will be asked to present their Ithaca College ID in order to borrow materials from our collections.

Due Dates

Patrons are responsible for renewing or returning items on or before their due dates. Please refer to our list of loan periods.

Courtesy notices are sent 8 days prior to the due date for books and scores. All library notices are sent to IC email accounts.

Overdue/Lost Items

Patrons are billed the original purchase cost of the item after fourteen days overdue. When the cost is not available, the following charges apply:

  • Book or score: $65
  • Multimedia item: $45
  • Popular reading or audio book: $25

A $1.00 processing fee will be charged for multimedia materials returned without the original case.

Damaged Items

Patrons must notify library staff when returning items that are damaged or missing parts. Physical damage to an item that occurred while it was checked out may result in the patron being charged a fee to repair or replace the item.

Fines and Fees

Fines and fees may be paid by:

  • Check, ID Express, money order
  • Credit card during business hours
  • Cash using the ID Express machine located on the main floor of the library

Accounts that accrue $200 or more in fines/fees will be blocked until the fees are paid, items returned, or charges transferred to the appropriate campus office. Charges not paid within thirty days will be forwarded to:

  • The Office of Student Financial Services, for student fines or fees
  • The Office of Financial Services for employees or affiliates. A ten-dollar processing fee applies

Charges are non-refundable once transferred.

Fines may be appealed in some circumstances.


Recalled books and scores are due back in three weeks or on the original due date, whichever occurs first. Multimedia materials that are recalled retain the original due date. Items recalled by the library for reserve use are due in seven days or on the original due date, whichever occurs first.

Library Material Retrieval Service

Students, faculty and staff may request that a circulating item be retrieved from the collection and held at the appropriate desk. Sign in to your library account, search for the item, and choose "request."

Affiliate Borrowsers

Spouses, qualified domestic partners of employees, IC alumni, IC retirees, Longview residents and staff, and may apply for affiliate status.

Proxy Patrons

Faculty and staff members may designate a proxy patron to check out library materials on their behalf.

Library books may be delivered to campus offices using the request options in the catalog. Articles are delivered through interlibrary loan.

Special Permissions

Individual journal issues do not circulate. Reference books, bound periodicals, and other non-circulating materials may be borrowed with special permission from the research help desk or music center.

Contact Us

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Access Services Manager
(607) 274-1689
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Multimedia Resources Manager
(607) 274-3880

Borrowing from Other Schools

Ithaca College students, faculty, and staff may apply for borrowing privileges at Cornell University and Wells College.