Borrowing Policy

  • Books circulate as follows:
    • Undergraduate and master's-level graduate students: for 28 days;
    • Doctoral students (PhD, ThD): twice yearly due dates (February 10 and September 10).
  • Reserve items circulate for two hours, and bound periodicals may only be used in the library.
  • Multimedia items circulate for three days.
  • There is no limit on the number of books that may be checked out, but common sense is advised.
  • Notices are sent as a courtesy. Borrowers are responsible for overdue and lost items even if these notices are not received.
  • All items are subject to recall. Recalled materials must be returned to the library within the new loan period specified on the recall notice, or a $2 per day fine is assessed. Harvard borrowers may use HOLLIS to recall items circulating to other patrons.
  • Overdue materials will incur fines at the rate of $0.50 per day. Overdue recalls are $2 per day (from the new due date). Overdue reserves are $1 per hour. After two overdue notices are issued, overdue items will be considered lost and a bill will be sent for the lost materials and a processing fee. HDS students with excessive fines or book replacement charges will be reported to the assistant dean for student life. Students from other Harvard schools who incur excessive fines or book replacement charges may be blocked from borrowing privileges at all Harvard libraries.