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Borrowing Policy for WSU Friends of the Libraries, WSU Alumni, Reciprocal Borrowers and other users

Requirements for Borrowing

Borrowers must be current members of the WSU Friends of the Libraries, gold members of the WSU Alumni Association, or present a valid library card from one of the following reciprocal institutions:

Other Affiliated and fee-based users are also covered by this policy, including courtesy card holders or students from:

A photo ID AND a membership or library card or other proof of affiliation is required to borrow materials. The University Libraries will issue a WSU library card if you do not already have a library account in our online circulation system. Lost WSU library cards may be replaced for $5.00.

The University Libraries will accept a driver's license for identification if the information on the license can be verified by a current library record in our online circulation system.

A barcoded library card is preferred to borrow materials in person from other OhioLINK libraries or WSU affiliated libraries, but a unique identifier and photo ID is acceptable.

Fees for Friends of the Library Accounts

Limits on Borrowing

Borrowing is normally limited to a total of 5 items, including up to 5 media items. Exceptions may be authorized by the Head of Information Delivery Services. Borrowers may also place requests on up to 5 items including OhioLINK and SearchOhio items.

Loan Periods

Renewing and Account Information


Books may be returned to the University Libraries or any affiliated hospital library location. Although an outside book drop is available at the Dunbar Library, non-book materials should be returned at the Circulation Desk. A receipt may be requested when paying a fine.


Log into My Account to check material due dates and overdue fines.

WSU Dunbar and Lake Campus Library Books and Audio Visuals

OhioLINK - Books

OhioLINK - Media

SearchOhio - Books and Media

Overdue Notices

Most notices are sent by email if you have provided an email address.

Billed, Lost or Damaged Materials

WSU Dunbar and Lake Campus Library: The minimum replacement fee for any lost or damaged book, periodical, or media item is 1) $75.00 plus a $25.00 processing fee plus fines or 2) a billing fee, if applicable.

OhioLINK replacement fees are $75.00 plus a $35.00 non-refundable processing fee plus fines, if any.

SearchOhio replacement fees are 25.00 plus a $25 non-refundable processing fee.

If the original item is returned after the replacement costs and processing fees have been paid, the borrower may receive some reduction of these charges. The Head of Information Delivery Services determines whether a refund can be issued and the amount.

If a damaged item is repairable, the library will determine the cost of repair and bill accordingly.