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Borrowing & Circulation

Clarion University Libraries have a variety of resources available for loan. Be aware of the loan periods for each resource and the fines for every day late in returning items to the library. The maximum number of items which can be checked out at one time is 20.



Books in the general collection are available for loan for 30 days. The fine for overdue books is 50 cents per day.

Books in the juvenile/young adult collection are available for loan for 30 days. The fine for these overdue books is 50 cents per day.


CDs and DVDs are available for loan for 30 days. The fine for these items is 50 cents per day.


iPads may be used outside the library and are available for loan for seven (7) days. The fine for overdue iPads is $10 per day (Max fine $50.00).

Laptop Computers and Accessories

For the Fall 2020 semester, students who need to borrow a laptop for the entire semester to complete their online classes, please fill out this form and a library staff person will contact you.

In Carlson Library, you may borrow a laptop and its accessories for use outside the library for three (3) days.  The fine on overnight overdue equipment is $20 a day.  You may also borrow specific laptops for use inside the library until the end of the day.  There is no fine unless the item becomes lost.

At Suhr Library, on Venango Campus, you may borrow a laptop and its accessories for use outside of the library for three (3) days. The fine on overdue equipment is $25 per day.


Our most recent periodicals (those not yet ten years old) are available to borrow for one (1) day. The fine on these overdue periodicals is $1 per day.

Periodicals that are 10 years old - or older - are available to borrow for seven (7) days. The fine on these overdue periodicals also is $1 per day.

Reserve Materials

Items placed on reserve by professors for class use have various loan periods. The fine on reserve materials is $1 per day.


If there is no "hold" on the material, it may be renewed for a period up to 60 days from the original loan date (excluding laptops and iPads). Materials may be renewed in-person, online, or by telephone. Overdue materials can be renewed, but there may be an accumulated fine that will still need to be paid.

On-Line Renewals

Did you know that you can use our Website to renew the loan period for items checked out from Clarion University Libraries?

    • At the Libraries homepage click on the PRIMO - New Library Catalog link in the green "Research" box. Only Clarion students and employees can renew materials online. To do so, sign into PRIMO with an iClarion account  and select "My Library Card" on the right side of the Banner line. This will display all the materials that you currently have checked out. If materials are renewable, a blue RENEW ALL option will appear in the top right corner of the LOANS box. If you only want to renew selected items, you will need to select LOANS which will give you a detailed listing of each item and the ability to renew them individually. Note that if you do not have a blue RENEW icon next to the item, you can not renew it.


Maximum Fines

The maximum amount of fines charged against any overdue item (with the exception of iPads, laptop computers, reserves, and periodicals) is $24.50.

Lost Item Replacement Fees

An item is declared "lost" when it is forty-nine (49) days overdue. The library system automatically charges the patron twenty dollars ($20) as a Lost Item Processing Fee to help over the costs associated with ordering and processing (shipping, cataloging, barcoding, labeling, etc.).  This charge is in addition to the replacement cost of the material.

The Libraries also charges the patron $75.00 for the replacement cost of a lost item. If the item is no longer available, the charge for an approved title (similar in nature) is used.

Note: If a patron prefers to replace the lost material in lieu of paying the Lost Item Replacement Fees, he or she may do so with approval of the collection development librarian or the Dean of Libraries. However, the Lost Item Processing Fee of $20 must still be paid.

Items Returned After Lost Item Fee Is Paid

On occasion, patrons return materials that have been declared "lost" and have been billed and paid for replacement. The Library has the option of whether or not to accept the returned item and refund the replacement fee depending upon:

    1. condition of the item, and
    2. if the library has already replaced the item.

Materials must generally be returned within four months of the original charge date in order to receive credit for the Lost Item Replacement Fee. Library staff may credit the patron's account for the Lost Item Replacement Fee and the Lost Item Processing Fee but not accrued fines.

InterLibrary Loan (ILL) Fees and Fines

See the InterLibrary Loan Policy for fines and fees associated with items borrowed from other libraries.

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Last Updated 8/14/20