Loan Periods and Fines

We offer a variety of materials and formats at the University Libraries. Physical items circulate for specific time periods as listed below. Renewals are available for most materials, unless other patrons are waiting.

Most items are fine-free! However, overdue fines will be charged for course reserves and audiovisual items. Replacement costs will be assessed for all items once they become extremely overdue, and can be cleared with either payment in full, or by return of the items. Charges may be assessed to any patron if items are damaged beyond normal wear and tear.

  • Main collection books and back issues of journals and magazines may be borrowed for 28 days by undergraduates, public patrons, and family members; until the end of the current term* by graduate students and GTFs; and for 6 months* by faculty and staff. There are no late fines. *Loan periods are subject to being reduced to 28 days if items are needed by other library patrons
  • Popular Reading books may be borrowed for 28 days by all patrons. There are no late fines.
  • Audiovisual equipment may be borrowed by current Radford University and RUC students and employees only. Equipment circulates for 7 days and overdue fines for students are $5 per day.
  • Course Reserves circulate on either an hourly or daily basis, depending on the particular item. Late fines for students are 25 cents per hour for hourly checkouts; and $1 per day for daily checkouts.

We send notification of overdue materials, fines, and bills to you by email. Please let us know if you have any changes to your email address, mailing address, or phone number.

You may view charges from your library account or by contacting the Front Desk at 540-831-5364 or, or the RUC Library service desk at 540-831-2272.  Payments may be made at the McConnell Library Front Desk by ONE Card, or we can arrange for you to pay by credit card. Payments may be made at the RUC Library service desk by cash, check, or ONE Card.  Unpaid charges of $5 or more may result in transcript or diploma blocks for current and former students, as well as suspension of borrowing privileges. Patrons with unpaid charges are submitted to the Virginia Debt Setoff program, and amounts due will be withheld from state tax refunds or other state sources of income.

Please be aware that Teaching Resources Center loan periods and overdue fine policies differ from University Libraries loan periods and overdue fine policies.