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Library Resources: Policies

Guests and Visitors

Non-FAU-affiliated guests may use the library resources onsite, but cannot check out materials without presenting one of the following cards to the circulation desk:


Children 17 years of age or younger, unless students in dual enrollment programs with FAU, are not permitted in the library unless supervised by a parent or adult. We cannot supervise children.


Library Theft

Please be aware that the library has a no-tolerance policy on theft. Upon entering and exiting the library, patrons must pass through a security gate. Any item that has not been discharged before leaving the library will alert the security system. In addition, a surveillance camera is in place and operating 24 hours a day.


Eating food or candy is not allowed in the Library. Liquid refreshment is ok if it is in a sturdy spill-proof container, such as a sports bottle or a bottle with a screw top. Cups with sturdy lids (Starbuck’s) are acceptable.

Cell Phones

Discrete cell phone use is permitted; however, if it gets distracting to others, you may be asked to continue the call outside the library.

Circulation Policies

        The circulation desk is where all items need to be brought in order to check them out. Students can check out a maximum number of 500 books or DVDs at one time. Click here for a complete list of borrowing privileges.
Loan Periods:


  • Undergratuate: 3 weeks
  • Graduate & Staff: 1 semester
  • Faculty: Up to six months (fixed due date)
  • Special Borrowers: 3 weeks
  • Visiting Researchers: 1 semester


                     Everyone: 1 Week

 Laptops | Headphones | Tape Recorders | Study Rooms | Recording Studio

                     Currently Enrolled Students: 3 Hours

 Interlibrary Loan

                     Dependent upon lending library


                     30 days

Fees and Fines:

  • Books: .25/day
  • Media: .25/day
  • Study Rooms & Equipment: .25/hour
  • Max Charge: $5.00

Lost Item Charge: $66.81 + Handling Fee $6.00 + Late Fee: $5.00