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Borrowing Privileges

A library employee checks out a book for a patron at the W. W. Hagerty front desk.

The Libraries has a variety of equipment and print and audiovisual materials available to borrow. Members of the Drexel community may borrow by visiting by the service desk at any location. Distance Learners may also request that material be mailed to their home address.

Borrowing from the Physical Collections

  • Loan Period: 28 days, six months for faculty and graduate students
  • Renewals: Twice online, once for for faculty and graduate students. Additional renewals may be made by bringing the book to any Drexel Libraries location or contacting
  • Late Fines: $1.00 per day only if requested or recalled by staff 
  • Due date may be amended if item is recalled 

DVDs & VHS (Regular Collections)

  • Loan Period: 14 days
  • Renewals: twice online
  • Late Fine: $1.00 per day only if requested or recalled by staff
  • Due date may be amended if item is recalled 

Laptops and Portable Chargers

  • Loan Period: 5 hours
  • Renewals: renew in person at service desk, no renewals for laptops and chargers provided via the kiosk
  • Limit: 1
  • Late Fine: $5.00 hour
  • Alumni owing more than $10 in fines are not eligible to borrow
  • More information about borrowing a laptop

Other Equipment

Course Reserves

Loan periods may be adjusted for special reasons- e.g., faculty requests for reserve, special programs, graduating seniors.


  • If eligible, items may be renewed online at any time by using your Drexel user ID and password to view your library record
    • You may also renew Drexel Libraries books by calling the service desk at 888-278-8825 (toll free) or 215-895-2755 or emailing
    • Items that have been recalled or requested by another user may not be renewed
    • Items may not be renewed by a patron whose borrowing privileges have expired
    • Items that have been renewed twice online must be renewed in person at a Drexel Libraries location
    • Items are not eligible for renewal until 72 hours after they are checked out.
  • E-ZBorrow items may not be renewed. ILLIAD items must be renewed by following the instructions on the yellow band attached to the book.

Fines and Replacement

DUL is committed to providing quick and reliable access to its tangible materials. To manage this commitment:

  • Clients will be charged replacement and processing fees for overdue items two weeks after the due date. These fees will be waived if the overdue items are returned.
  • Overdue fines will be charged for items in high-use, short-term loan collections as well as for items requested by other clients and not returned by the due date.
  • Borrowing privileges will be suspended for alumni and guests owing more than $10.00
  • Payment for fines and fees is accepted in the following types: cash or credit card 
  • Replacement fees and fines of more than $10.00 are billed through the comptroller's office at the end of each term
  • Your library record accurately reflects due dates of all borrowed items that may have been recalled or renewed online or by phone or email


  • Items may be recalled by the Libraries at any time
  • Failure to return a recalled item within 5 days of the email recall notice will result fines of $1.00 per day
  • If faculty recall items for reserve use, the due date of your items may be shortened. Students will receive five days notice


  • Request items via the Libraries' catalog by clicking the Request link in the Get It section of the item's Services page.
  • Not all items are eligible for request. If no Request link appears in the Get It section of the item's Services page, it is not eligible for request.
  • You will be notified via email when the items you request are ready to be picked up.


Books from Libraries regular collections may be returned at any of the Drexel Libraries location. Clients are welcome to hand books directly to Service Desk staff members or to leave books in the provided Book Drops.

Books from the Reserves collections must be returned directly to Service Desk staff members to avoid accruals of fines. Overnight reserves books may be returned in a Book Drop if the Library is closed.

Claims Returned

If you are notified that an item is overdue or subject to billing, but you believe you have returned it, contact us immediately by emailing Staff will search for this item. If the item is not found on the shelf, you will be responsible for replacing the item. 

Suspension of Borrowing Privileges

Any of the following can result in temporary suspension of borrowing privileges:

  • More than $10.00 in fines and replacement fees (alumni and guests only)

Reciprocal Borrowing Agreements

To establish in-person borrowing privileges at either University of Pennsylvania Libraries or any participating PALCI On-Site Borrowing Libraries, you must first obtain a Reciprocal Borrowing Letter from the circulation desk at any Drexel University Libraries location. This letter should be presented, along with your current university ID card, to circulation desk staff at the library from which you would like to borrow materials.

For more information about how to place requests for materials from other, non-reciprocal libraries, please see 'Borrow from other Libraries'.