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Who can borrow materials?

  • All BSU full- and part-time students, faculty, and staff can borrow materials from Maxwell Library using their BSU Connect Cards.
  • BSU alumni and Massachusetts residents – 16 years or older, with a photo ID – may obtain a Maxwell Library card for one year.
  • Only BSU students, faculty, and staff may borrow laptop computers (PCs and Chromebooks).

How long is the loan period?

  • Books - Faculty/Librarians/Staff: 4 months
  • Books - Students: 4 weeks
  • Books - Others: 4 weeks
  • DVDs: 1 week
  • ERC Test Prep: 1 week
  • Laptop computers (PCs and Chromebooks): 1 week

Can materials be renewed?

  • Faculty/Librarians/Staff: Twice for 4 months, if there is no HOLD pending
  • Students: Once for 4 weeks, if there is no HOLD pending
  • Others: Once for 4 weeks, if there is no HOLD pending
  • Laptop computers (PCs and Chromebooks): Once for 1 week

How can I renew an item?

  • Online – log into your Library Account, or
  • In person at the library (Circulation Desk, 1st floor), or
  • Call 508.531.1392

If items are overdue any overdue fines must be paid before renewing.

How many items can I borrow?

  • Faculty/Librarians/Staff: 50
  • Students: 35
  • Others: 6

What about Fines and Fees?

Late Fines:

  • $0.10 per day to a maximum of $10.00 per item
  • Course Reserve fines – two hour, three hour and overnight loans – $1.00 per hour or part thereof to a maximum of $10.00 per item. One-week loans – $1.00 per day to a maximum of $10.00 per item
  • Laptops, iPads, Chromebooks, and scanners – $1.00 per day to a maximum of $10 per item

Please note: Some items, particularly ERC items, Group Study Room keys, and the One Button Studio key, accrue fines at a higher hourly rate and therefore a higher daily accrual rate and have higher replacement costs. All BSU students who accumulate $10 or more in fines or fees will have their library privileges suspended. Transcript and/or registration holds will be placed when students accumulate $20 or more in fines or fees. Community library users incurring the same level of fines will have their borrowing privileges suspended until their accounts are settled.

Lost/Unreturned Item Fees:

  • General and ERC General Collection items: $45.00 for replacement and processing
  • Children’s Collection items: $20.00 for replacement and processing
  • Videos: $75.00 for replacement and processing
  • Laptop Computers (PCs, Chromebooks, Tablets-iPads): $250.00 for replacement and processing
  • Laptop Computer (PC) bag: $35.00 for replacement
  • Laptop Computer (PC, Chromebook, Tablet-iPad) cord: $15.00 for replacement
  • Flatbed Scanner: $75.00 for replacement and processing

How do I borrow material from another library?

Any other details?


Library materials returned in good condition within 30 days after replacement fees are paid will be refunded less any applicable overdue fines. There are no refunds after 30 days of payment for lost items. Items damaged beyond repair will be discarded. Damaged items will not be returned to students. The library does not accept replacement copies for lost items, only payment.


A library patron may request a HOLD on material on loan to another patron either in person at the Circulation desk, or by calling 508.531.1392 or e-mailing the Circulation department.


A patron may request that a TRACE be placed on material designated as available in the online catalog but not found in the stacks.

Library Lost & Found

Found items may be turned in to the Circulation Department desk. Items considered a potential health risk will be discarded. Articles of clothing will be kept for 30 days and, if not claimed, discarded or donated to charity. All print or paper items will be recycled or destroyed after 30 days. The owners of cell phones, laptops, wallets and other valuable items will be contacted if the owner's name is apparent. After 30 days, all lost items such as cell phones, wallets, valuable electronics, and BSU Connect Cards will be turned in to BSU Campus Police.