COVID-19 Closure Note: We will not be charging fines on any items while the library is closed. Please keep them for now. Our book drop in lot N is open, but there is no need to make a special trip.
Items will be quarantined for at least four days before being checked in. You will not be charged any late fees for those items.
If you are a current student, faculty member, or staff member of BGSU, you may borrow by presenting your BG1 Card or another photo ID.
You may use your BG1 card to check out items in person at any OhioLINK library.
If you are an alumnus or a community member, you may borrow by signing up for a courtesy card.
During summer, students have library privileges even if they are not enrolled in summer classes, as long as they have not graduated and intend to return in fall semester.
Undergraduate students may check out up to 100 items at a time, of which 50 may be from OhioLINK. Graduate students may check out 200 items and faculty and staff may check out up to 500 items, of which 200 may be from OhioLINK.
|1st & 8th Floor Books||Undergraduates||3 weeks||6 times*||$0.25/day|
|Graduate Students||End of semester||6 times*||$0.25/day|
|Faculty/Staff||End of academic year||6 times*||No daily fines|
|Main Reserves (1st floor)||2 hours, 24 hours, or 72 hours||Cannot renew||$1.00/hour|
|OhioLINK books||Students||3 weeks||6 times*||$0.50/day|
|Faculty/Staff||6 weeks||6 times*||$0.50/day|
|SearchOhio Books & CDs||3 weeks||3 times*||$0.50/day|
|OhioLINK media / SearchOhio DVDs||7 days||3 times*||$0.50/day|
|BPCL DVDs||7 days||Cannot renew||$0.25/day|
|Interlibrary Loan items||Date on book cover||See ILL page||See ILL page|
|Phone chargers||2 hours||Cannot renew||$1.00/hour|
|Headphones||Due 1/2 hour before closing||Cannot renew||$0.25/hour|
|Calculators||72 hours||Cannot renew||$0.25/hour|
|Cameras||72 hours||Cannot renew||$1.00/hour|
|Laptops||3 hours||Cannot renew||$7.50/15 minutes|
|72 hours||Cannot renew||$1.00/hour|
|Umbrellas||72 hours||Cannot renew||$0.25/hour|
|Voice Recorder||7 days||Cannot renew||$0.25/day|
|Transcription Pedal||Due 1/2 hour before closing||Cannot renew||$1.00/hour|
|Poster Tube||7 days||Cannot renew||$0.25/hour|
*Items can only be renewed if no other users have placed a hold.
Holds & Recalls
If a BGSU item is checked out and you would like to place a hold, we recommend using OhioLINK if possible. If that isn't possible, you may email email@example.com and request a hold to be placed.
Items may also be recalled. If a book you check out is recalled, the due date will be changed and you will be emailed about the change. Fines for recalled items are $1.00/day.
Fines, Fees, Lost Items
Fines accrue per hour or day (depending on the type of item) until you return it.
If a BG-owned item becomes severely overdue, you will be billed for its replacement and a $36 processing fee.
These fees, as well as any late fees, are transferred to the Office of the Bursar every week and you can pay by logging in to MyBGSU. If you return the item within one year, you will be credited the replacement fee as well as part of the processing fee.
Billed OhioLINK books are charged a $125 fee, reduced to $50 upon return of the item.
For items that are damaged or lost, please contact the Circulation Desk as soon as possible by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 419-372-2051.
Circulation emails are sent from email@example.com. You may reply to any automatic notice and a staff member will respond within 24 hours.
- Due date receipt: sent immediately upon checkout.
- Ready for pickup: when an item you have requested arrives. Once items arrive, they are held for 10 days.
- Courtesy notice: when an item you have checked out is due within 3 days.
- Overdue notice: when an item you have checked out has become overdue.
- Billing notice: when an item you have checked out has been declared lost and you are responsible for the replacement cost of the item, as well as fees.
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) items have their own schedule of email notices, which are sent from firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ask for technology items at the Circulation Desk.
Calculators: TI83 or TI30x.
Laptops: MacBooks are available for 3 hour or 72 hour checkout periods. Dell laptops are available for 3 hour checkout only.
Cameras: Zoom Q2n, Canon FS300, Canon SX130 Powershot, GoPro Hero 4. Tripods are also available.
Phone chargers: iPhone (Apple Lightning), USB-C, or USB-micro.
Other items: Headphones, Voice Recorder, Transcription Pedal.