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End of Fall Semester FAQ

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Due Dates

Most books, scores, and government documents are due on December 17. 2015. If you are completing work due during the reading and exam periods, you may keep semester loan items for a few extra days without being fined. If you wish to keep library materials during the holiday shutdown or beyond, please renew them. Remember that special due dates still apply to reserve materials, periodicals, recalled items, interlibrary loans, OhioLINK materials and other short-term loan items, and you will be responsible for fines if these items are returned overdue.  We expect you to honor due dates during Winter Term.  Please plan to renew materials due during Winter Term, and be prepared to return them if they are not renewable.

Checking your Library Record

You may produce a list of all the items currently checked out to you by using the "View your library record" option in OBIS; you can also display and print lists of unpaid fines. Please contact a circulation supervisor at your earliest convenience if you believe our records to be in error.

Fines for Overdue Materials

  • Recalled items are fined at a rate of $10/day. Recalled items are due at the time indicated on your notice.
  • Periodicals from the Main and Conservatory Libraries are fined at a rate of $1/day.
  • Periodicals from the Science Library are fined at a rate of $0.50/hour. Be sure to return or renew them by their due dates.
    Interlibrary loan materials are fined at a rate of $1/day.
    OhioLINK and SearchOhio materials are fined at a rate of $0.50/day.


Scholar studies, carrels, and lockers must be cleared by 4:30 pm, Sunday, December 20. Failure to clean out your carrel, locker, or scholar study by the deadline will result in a $20.00 charge. You are responsible for the safe return, in good condition, of all materials checked out to you according to our records. This includes items that you have been using in-house, in carrels, lockers, or scholar studies.

If you are leaving library materials in a scholar study or carrel for shutdown and/or Winter Term, please be aware that the green, in-house use streamers must be date stamped so that we know that your books are not overdue. Be sure to ask the circulation desk staff to date stamp your renewals and new check-outs if you are not offered that service.

Renewals and Winter Term Privileges

All Oberlin College Library materials must be returned by the end of the exam period, unless you have made other arrangements at the lending library. Keeping any library materials overdue will result in our holding your enrollment next semester. Graduating students will be billed for the replacement and processing costs of unreturned materials. Each campus library has its own policy for the loan of materials to continuing students over the shutdown and Winter Term. Please contact a staff supervisor if you need more information about these policies.

NOTE: Graduating students who remain in the area may become alumni borrowers. Ask for a copy of the courtesy borrowing privileges at the circulation desk for more information.

Please contact Allison Gallaher, Head of Circulation, or another circulation supervisor if you have any questions about our policies.

Thank you for your cooperation!

Last updated:
December 09, 2015