The Catholic University of America

Circulation and Borrowing

My Library Account will allow you to access your library account to monitor your library activities and renew books online.

Borrowing from University Libraries

Renewals

You may renew:

   • Via My Library Account
   • In-person at all University Libraries
   • Email: Circulation Desk at Mullen Library circ@mail.lib.cua.edu
   • Phone: Circulation Desk at Mullen Library 202-319-5060

Most items may be renewed three times.

Recalled items may not be renewed.

Inter-Library Loan (ILL) renewals are an exception. Request a renewal by:
   • In-person, bringing the item to ILL staff at Mullen Library Circulation Desk
   • Email ILL Staff at Mullen Library ill@mail.lib.cua.edu
   • Phone: ILL Staff at Mullen Library 202-319-5063 before the due date

One-time renewals are made at the discretion of the lending library. A tentative due date is assigned until the renewal is approved.

 

Fines + Fees

Library users are responsible for all materials charged to their library account. Fines are assessed for overdue items and replacement fees are charged for lost items, including equipment.

When you accrue $25 in fines, your borrowing privileges are suspended. When your fines and fees exceed $106, a Hold will be placed on your account in Cardinal Station and you will be unable to register for the new semester, obtain transcripts, or graduate.

Fines and fees may only be paid at Mullen Library using credit card or exact cash.

Item Fine Maximum Fine Limit
Book $0.25 per day $10.00
DVD $1.00 per day $10.00
Equipment $0.60 per hour $100.00
Reserve 2 hr. $0.60 per hour $100.00
Reserve Overnight $1.00 per hour $25.00
Reserve 3 day $1.00 per day $25.00
Reserve 7 day $1.00 per day $25.00
Recall $1.00 per day $25.00
Graduate Student Lockers $1.00 per day $25.00
Overdue fines and fees for other Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC) libraries may be paid at CUA but only the lending library will handle fine disputes.

Lost and Damaged Books and Materials

If you lose a CUA library book, the following fines will appear on your account:

Lost Item Replacement Fee $80.00
Lost Item Processing Fee $30.00
Overdue Fee $10.00
If you find and return the lost item to the library, the following fines are amended:

Lost Item Replacement Fee WAIVED
Lost Item Processing Fee WAIVED
Overdue Fee $10.00
Replacement copies of lost books are not accepted.

Lost and Damaged Equipment

Lost Item Replacement Fee
*Adjustments may be made for depreciation              
Laptops $1,500.00
Laptop Locks $25.00
Chargers $50.00
Headphones $15.00
Lost Item Processing Fee $30.00
Overdue Fee $10.00

Search Request

If a library user believes that they have returned a lost book to the library, they may submit a Search Request at the Mullen Circulation Desk. The library staff will search for the book for six weeks.

If the book is found in those six weeks:

Lost Item Replacement Fee WAIVED
Lost Item Processing Fee WAIVED
Overdue Fee WAIVED
If the book is not found after six weeks of searching, the library user you will be responsible for all fines associated with the lost item ($120.00 total).

Lost Item Replacement Fee $80.00
Lost Item Processing Fee $30.00
Overdue Fee $10.00
Procedures for Submitting a Search Request:
You may request a Search Request by one of these methods:
   • In-person at all University Libraries
   • Email: Circulation Desk at Mullen Library circ@mail.lib.cua.edu
   • Phone: Circulation Desk at Mullen Library 202-319-5060

A notice will be mailed in one to six weeks indicating that:
         1. the book has been found and is being held, or
         2. the book is missing from the collection and your library account will be charged for the item's replacement fee, lost processing fee and overdue fine

If you lose a book that you have borrowed from one of the Washington Research Library Consortium Libraries (WRLC), you must contact the lending library directly with any questions or concerns regarding the book or the associated fines.

Hold (Book) + Recalls

A Hold (Book) is a request initiated by a library user for a book that is currently on loan to another user and is not needed before the due date. Once a Hold (book) has been placed, the current borrower with be unable to renew the title and the requestor will receive a notice when the book is returned. A Hold (book) may not be placed on a Reserve item.

A Recall is a request initiated by a library user for a book that is currently on loan to another user and is needed before the due date. Any faculty, student or staff member may initiate a Recall from a circulating item in the CUA Library. A Recall may not be placed on a Reserve item.

The Hold (Book) or Recall will be held for the requestor at the circulation desk for 10 days, after which it will be returned to the shelf. A Hold (book_ may not be placed on a Reserve item.

Any faculty, student or staff member may initiate a Hold or Recall for an item from the University Libraries or from a participating Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC) library.

To place a Hold (Book) or Recall, fill out the online request form.

A Hold (Book) or Recall may take a few weeks. If you need an item sooner, check the online catalog; if the book is available at a participating Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC) library, you may submit your request through the library catalog.

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