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Borrowing

Complete list of borrowing privileges and information about overdue fines and procedures

Borrowing Privileges by Patron Type

The following are the privileges available to patrons with Claremont Colleges Library cards. To obtain a library card, visit our Access for Visitors page. Borrowers are responsible for all items checked out on their account, including awareness of due dates.

Undergraduates from The Claremont Colleges (Pomona College, Scripps College, Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, and Pitzer College) through their junior year.

Book Limit:
60
Loan Period for Books:
Fall 2020 (due to Coronavirus & online instruction): One Semester (Normally 28 Days)
Wi-Fi Access:
Yes
Resource Sharing Privileges:
Yes
Off Campus Access to Databases:
Yes
E-book Access:
Yes
Senior Undergraduates are students from The Claremont Colleges (Pomona College, Claremont McKenna College, Scripps College, Harvey Mudd College, and Pitzer College) who are in their final year/term of their degree program.

Book Limit:
100
Loan Period for Books:
One Semester
Wi-Fi Access:
Yes
Resource Sharing Privileges:
Yes
Off Campus Access to Databases:
Yes
E-book Access:
Yes
Students from Claremont Graduate University and Keck Graduate Institute.

Book Limit:
140
Loan Period for Books:
One Semester
Wi-Fi Access:
Yes
Resource Sharing Privileges:
Yes
Off Campus Access to Databases:
Yes
E-book Access:
Yes
Current employees from Pomona College, Claremont Graduate University, The Claremont Colleges Services, Scripps College, Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, Pitzer College, and Keck Graduate Institute.

Book Limit:
100
Loan Period for Books:
One Year
Wi-Fi Access:
Yes
Resource Sharing Privileges:
Yes
Off Campus Access to Databases:
Yes
E-book Access:
Yes
Full-time tenure-track faculty from The Claremont Colleges: Pomona College, Claremont Graduate University, Scripps College, Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, Pitzer College, and Keck Graduate Institute.

Book Limit:
Unlimited
Loan Period for Books:
One Year
Wi-Fi Access:
Yes
Resource Sharing Privileges:
Yes
Off Campus Access to Databases:
Yes
E-book Access:
Yes
Part-time faculty from The Claremont Colleges: Pomona College, Claremont Graduate University, Scripps College, Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, Pitzer College, and Keck Graduate Institute.

Book Limit:
100
Loan Period for Books:
One Semester
Wi-Fi Access:
Yes
Resource Sharing Privileges:
Yes
Off Campus Access to Databases:
Yes
E-book Access:
Yes
Emeritus faculty designated by one of The Claremont Colleges: Pomona College, Claremont Graduate University, Scripps College, Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, Pitzer College, and Keck Graduate Institute.

Book Limit:
60
Loan Period for Books:
One Semester
Wi-Fi Access:
Yes
Resource Sharing Privileges:
Yes
Off Campus Access to Databases:
Yes
E-book Access:
Yes
Retired faculty and staff from The Claremont Colleges: Pomona College, Claremont Graduate University, Scripps College, Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, Pitzer College, and Keck Graduate Institute.

Book Limit:
10
Loan Period for Books:
28 Days
Wi-Fi Access:
Yes
Resource Sharing Privileges:
No
Off Campus Access to Databases:
No
E-book Access:
No
Faculty from other academic institutions participating in reciprocal agreements with The Claremont Colleges Library.

Book Limit:
10
Loan Period for Books:
28 Days
Wi-Fi Access:
Yes
Resource Sharing Privileges:
No
Off Campus Access to Databases:
No
E-book Access:
No
Scholars from other academic institutions who are affiliated with one of The Claremont Colleges for instruction or research purposes. Visiting Scholars need a letter from the Provost/Dean of Faculty with an end date for their visiting scholar status. In order to set-up electronic access, we need the visiting scholar’s network credentials to be provided by the sponsoring college.

Book Limit:
60
Loan Period for Books:
28 Days
Wi-Fi Access:
Yes
Resource Sharing Privileges:
No
Off Campus Access to Databases:
No
E-book Access:
No
Graduates from The Claremont Colleges: Pomona College, Claremont Graduate University, Scripps College, Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, Pitzer College, and Keck Graduate Institute.

COVID-19 Update

Book Limit:
20
Loan Period for Books:
28 Days
Wi-Fi Access:
Yes
Resource Sharing Privileges:
No
Off Campus Access to Databases:
No
E-book Access:
No
Staff from the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden.

Book Limit:
20
Loan Period for Books:
28 Days
Wi-Fi Access:
Yes
Resource Sharing Privileges:
No
Off Campus Access to Databases:
No
E-book Access:
No
Distance learners currently enrolled in KGI’s Minerva program.

Book Limit:
None
Loan Period for Books:
None
Wi-Fi Access:
Yes
Resource Sharing Privileges:
Articles Only
Off Campus Access to Databases:
No
E-book Access:
Yes
Children ages 16-22, spouses, and domestic partners of faculty/staff who work at The Claremont Colleges.

COVID-19 Update

Book Limit:
20
Loan Period for Books:
28 Days
Wi-Fi Access:
Yes
Resource Sharing Privileges:
No
Off Campus Access to Databases:
No
E-book Access:
No
Consists of residents of the City of Claremont, in addition to residents of Los Angeles County, San Bernardino County, and Orange County. Note these patron types have different procedures for acquiring a guest library card.

COVID-19 Update

Book Limit:
10
Loan Period for Books:
28 Days
Wi-Fi Access:
No
Resource Sharing Privileges:
No
Off Campus Access to Databases:
No
E-book Access:
No

Renew Your Books

Once you log in to your account, select the box next to each item you want to renew or “Select All” and then hit the “Renew Items” button. Please note that not all items are eligible for renewal. More information is available on this FAQ page.

Return Your Books

There are two outdoor bookdrop bins for you to use while the library is closed. They can be found in the following locations:

  • Dartmouth Avenue and Eighth Street (across from the bookstore)
  • Columbia Avenue and Ninth Street (across from CMC’s Kravis Center)

Additionally there is a book drop just inside the South Entrance of the library. This entrance is open between 9-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, during Fall 2020 Semester.

See our FAQ on Returning Items By Mail

Overdue Items

Help with Renewals

We will do what we can to help you avoid overdue fines. You can log in to your library account via the library homepage to renew any items eligible for renewal.

Due Date Reminders

  • One (1) courtesy reminder is sent two (2) days before an item is due.
  • A second (2nd) notice will be sent approximately two days after the book is due if it has not been renewed or returned.
  • Failure to receive an overdue notice does not exempt you from obligation to the due date.

Lost Books

  • Borrowers are billed for materials which are damaged or lost.

Replacement Fines and Fees

  • Items that are long overdue are considered lost. Borrowers will be billed for the replacement cost of the item, plus a processing fee.
  • Please be aware that an unpaid bill suspends student, faculty, and staff borrowing privileges. All borrowers must pay all money due before borrowing or renewing.
  • See below for replacement fee information.

Course Readings are considered lost and billed after 24 hours overdue. This is to ensure access to these resources to the entire Claremont Colleges community. Please note: Fines accrue even during hours the library is closed.

Billed after:
24 hours overdue
Replacement fee:
$100.00 (or cost of item if more expensive)
Processing fee:
$20.00
Billed after:
30 days overdue
Replacement fee:
$100.00 (or cost of item as invoiced by lending library)
Processing fee:
$20.00
Billed after:
7 days overdue
Replacement fee:
Cost of item replacement
Processing fee:
$20.00
Billed after:
7 days overdue
Replacement fee:
$100.00
Processing fee:
$20.00
Billed after:
30 days overdue
Replacement fee:
$100.00 (or cost of item if more expensive)
Processing fee:
$20.00
Questions about Borrowing?
Library User Services Team
User Services