Borrowing from the library


Circulation Desk

Valid TCard holders may borrow most Music Library materials. External researchers may review materials in-house and access online resources at designated computer workstations.

Undergraduates 2 weeks, 5 renewals 2 weeks, 5 renewals 1 week, no renewals (10 items max) 50
Graduate students 8 weeks, 3 renewals 8 weeks, 3 renewals 1 week, no renewals (15 items max) 100 (all items)
Staff 8 weeks, 3 renewals 8 weeks, 3 renewals 1 week, no renewals (15 items max) 100 (all items)
Faculty 12 weeks, 3 renewals 12 weeks, 3 renewals 1 week, 1 renewal (unlimited items) 100 (all items)
Music Faculty (Ensemble coaching) - on request 3 months      
Research readers 1 week, 2 renewals 1 week, 2 renewals In-library use only 100
Alumni 1 week, no renweals 1 week, no renewals In-library use only 25

Course reserves

Course reserves are available at the Music Library service desk for 2 hour loan. Only 1 course reserve item can be borrowed at a time. Course reserves borrowed 1 hour before closing time are due back 1 hour after opening the next day.

Automatic renewals

  • Two days before an item is due, the system will automatically try to renew it on your behalf
  • If the item is not eligible for renewal, you will get an email advising you to return it
  • If another borrower requests an item checked out to you, it will not be eligible for renewal – if the due date is more than 14 days away, your loan period will shorten to 14 days, and you will get a email asking you to return it
  • Once your maximum potential loan period (see table above) is reached, you must return your items to any University of Toronto library to avoid overdue fines.
  • You can also proactively renew your items by signing into LibrarySearch 

Automatic renewals are not made when:

  • The item is a short term loan, which include course reserves
  • The item is an audio/video item
  • Someone else has requested the item
  • You have reached the maximum potential loan period for your patron type – see table above
  • You are an alumni borrower – alumni borrowers do not get renewals

When another borrower places a hold on your checked out item

  • If another borrower places a hold on an item that is checked out to you, it will be recalled, i.e., your loan period will shorten* to 14 days and you will get an email asking you to return within 14 days
  • If you do not return it within 14 days, you will be charged a fine of $2.00 per day until it is returned
  • In addition, overdue recalls blocks the patron form borrowing
  • * Note that if the checked-out book has a due date less than 14 days and is then recalled, the due date will not be changed

Late Fines

Book/Score 50 cents per day
Course Reserve 50 cents per hour
Recalled book/score $2.00 per day
CD/DVD $1.00 per day
Technology 50 cents per hour

Library privileges are withheld when the limit of $25.00 is reached.

Fines can be paid online using My Account or in-person at all U of T libraries. The Music Library only accepts payment by credit or debit (no cash payments) of entire fine, no partial payments.

Lost Item Charges and Damaged Items

Lost items are subject to a $145.00 replacement charge. The library reserves the right to charge fines in addition to the replacement cost. Charges will be applied to damaged items.