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Who can borrow Items?

  • Full & part-time students, faculty, staff may check out items with their Connect Cards
  • BSU alumni & MA residents (age 16+) with a photo ID) may obtain a Maxwell Library card for one year

How many items can I borrow and for how long?


  Faculty/Staff Students Community Card Holders
Number of Items 50 total items 35 total items 6 total items
Number of Holds 25 holds 18 holds 3 holds
General Collection 120 days 30 days 30 days
CDs & DVDs 7 days 7 days 7 days
Leisure Reading Collection 30 days 30 days 30 days
ERC General Collection (Picture Books, Juvenile Fiction & Nonfiction, K-12 Textbooks) 120 days 30 days 30 days
ERC Test Prep Collection 7 days 7 days 7 days
ERC Instructional Aids (Kits) 7 days 7 days No Checkouts
Library of Things 7 days 7 days No Checkouts
Media Equipment 7 days 7 days No Checkouts

Can items be renewed?

Books in the General Collection and ERC General Collection only will automatically renew one time if there is no hold pending.

For other materials, renewals may be requested:

Can I place a hold?

You can place a hold on print books, DVDs, and CDs:

Are there any fees?

  • Maxwell Library does not charge late fees, we do, however, charge replacement fees for long overdue and lost items
  • Long overdue items will be declared lost at the point of the third overdue notice. At this point, library users will be sent a bill for the replacement price.
  • Borrowers may not check out additional materials and students will receive a transcript hold until long overdue items are returned, or the bill is paid.
  • We accept replacement copies for print books in the general collection only (the replacement copy must be the same edition as the lost copy). We do not accept replacement copies for any other items in our collections.
  • If a library user returns an undamaged long overdue/lost item within 30 days of paying a replacement fee, the fee will be refunded.
  • Payments must be made through Marketplace.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us regarding long overdue or lost items. We are here to help you figure out how best to manage the situation. Drop by the Library Services desk on the 1st floor, call 508-531-1392 or email

Any other details?


Maxwell Library staff reserve the right to recall books. When an item is recalled, an email notice is sent informing the borrower of the new due date. 


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 Services 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.