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The borrowing policy reflects the research needs of Drew faculty, while ensuring availability of materials to students. A current Drew ID card must be presented to charge out library materials, and borrowers are responsible for all items charged on their accounts. Reference and periodical items do not circulate.

Total items a borrower may charge and loan periods

Drew faculty may borrow a maximum of 200 books, due on February 14th. Staff employees may borrow a maximum of 200 books for a borrowing period of 30 days. Temporary faculty employed for a summer or January term may borrow a maximum of 60 books for a period of 30 days; borrowing privileges expire at the end of the term.


Faculty and staff may renew an item unlimited times; provided the item has not been recalled. There are three renewal options: use "My Library Account" online; submit a renewal form; bring the items to the Circulation Desk. No phone renewals. For more information about renewing online, see "Renewing a Book".


Overdue and fine notices are sent to Drew University email accounts. Follow-up courtesy calls are made to Drew campus phone numbers. The library does not charge faculty or staff daily overdue fees. However, items overdue for 40 days are automatically assumed to be lost and a per item replacement charge is placed against the borrower’s account. Replacement fee is $75 per book. Assumed lost items must be brought to the Circulation Desk for discharging. Once returned the $75 fee per item is reduced to a lesser amount. If the library has purchased a replacement copy, the $75 fee is not reduced.

Suspension of Borrowing Privileges

When an item becomes assumed lost all library borrowing privileges are automatically suspended until either the book has been returned or the replacement fee paid.

Recalled Items

Items are subject to recall 30 days after the original charge out date. However, items needed for Reserve may be recalled at any time. Recalls are requests by current Drew faculty, staff, students or Reserves for material charged to another borrower. Recall notices are sent to Drew University email accounts. Follow-up courtesy calls are made to Drew campus phone numbers. Faculty and staff are subject to recall fines and replacement charges. Recall privileges are suspended if a recalled item is not returned promptly.

Recalling an item

You may place a hold/recall on a checked-out item while in the library catalog.

  • When viewing a brief title record in the catalog, [Place Hold] or [Cannot place hold] will display.
  • Click on [Place hold].
  • Verify that this is the item you want and click on Place a Hold in the Items Resources Box.
  • Prompt will require your Drew user name & password. Click [OK] to complete process.

Hold requests may also be submitted by completing a recall card at the Circulation Desk.

You will be notified via email to your Drew email when the item has been returned and is on hold for you.

To recall an item to be put on reserve, complete a reserve request form, and indicate that the item is charged out.

Fines for failure to return a recalled item

Maximum fine for failure to return a recall for an individual is $20.00. Maximum fine for failure to return a Reserves recall is $45.00. If a Reserves recall is not returned in two weeks and the library purchases a new copy for Reserves, an additional replacement fee of $75.00 will be charged.