Borrow and Renew

As a member of the WPI community, we encourage you to use our collection and check out materials.  Please familiarize yourself with the policies below.  Any questions regarding these policies should be directed to the Access Services department at +1-508-831-5410 or

Library Card Responsibilities:

Your WPI ID is your library card. Academic and Research Collaborative (ARC) patrons will be registered with their home institution's ID. You are responsible for all items borrowed on your card. Please, do not lend your ID to anyone. For your protection, if we suspect the card being used does not belong to the person presenting it, the card will be transferred to Campus Police where it may be claimed by its owner with proper identification. Please report a lost, missing, or stolen card immediately.

WPI Community (Faculty, Students, Staff)

  28 day items
(Books, Hard Drives, Audiobooks, CDs, Scores, Tech Reports, Theses)
Weekly items
(7 day, VHS, DVDs, Flip Video Cameras, Video and Board games, calculators)
Reserves** and Hourly items (in library use only)
(Conference Phone, Headphones, HDMI cables, etc.)
Tech Suites
Anderson Labs
Renewals Unlimited (if no hold or recall has been placed) One No No
Holds Yes Yes No No
Recalls Yes No No No
Fines $.10/day $1.00/day $.10/minute $1.00/minute
Interlibrary Loan Fines $.25/day N/A N/A N/A
Recall Fines $15.00/day N/A N/A N/A
Exceptions: Faculty 180 days/one renewal/no fines (most items) Bound journals   Gordon Conference Room is only available on an approved reservation basis for faculty/staff

Visitors (Alum, ARC, Visiting Scholars)

28 day items
(Books, Audiobooks, CDs, Scores, Tech Reports, Theses)
Weekly items
(7 day, VHS, DVDs)
Reserves** and Hourly items (in library use only)
(Headphones, HDMI cables, etc.)
Renewals One One No
Holds Yes No No
Recalls* No No No
Fines $.10/day $1.00/day $.10/minute
Recall Fines $15.00/day N/A N/A

My Account:

At My Account you can see which WPI owned items are currently checked out to you, view item due dates, make renewal requests, check the status of your hold or recall requests, and find out if you have any accrued fines.

Interlibrary Loan:

WPI students, faculty, and staff can request that we borrow items from other libraries if we do not own the item at WPI. Create an ILLiad account.

Academic and Research Collaborative (ARC) card:

Come to the library's Information Desk to get an ARC card if you would like to check books out directly from other Worcester area academic libraries. Learn more about ARC.


Renewal requests may be made utilizing:


A hold is a request by a patron that the item be reserved when it is returned. Items with holds on them may not be renewed.


Most 28-day items may be recalled by faculty for course reserve purposes or by WPI community patrons. Course reserve requests must be returned within 3 days. Patron initiated recalls allow the original borrower to keep the item for the original 28-day loan period, but must return the item at the due date. * Visiting patrons may not place recalls. However, they ARE SUBJECT TO RECALL FINES.

Lost Items:

An item reaches a lost status 28 days after the due date. Fees for lost items are the replacement cost of the item plus a $30.00 non-refundable processing fee.  Patrons with one "lost" item or $25.00 in total fines or fees will be blocked from checking out additional items. WPI patrons will also have a hold placed on their account with the Registrar's Office, blocking transcript requests and course registration. Upon full payment, their record will be cleared. No refunds will be issued after six months. Lost items that are returned within the six-month period will have the replacement fee removed but overdue fines will be assessed.

Damaged Items:

Materials that are returned damaged will be charged an appropriate fee for replacement or repair. Patrons will have two weeks from date of notification to dispute the invoice. After the two-week period, all invoices are final.

Payment Of Fines And Fees:

Fines and fees can be paid at the Information Desk using WPI Goat Bucks or at the Bursar's Office/Student Accounts.


Notices are sent as a courtesy to remind patrons of the due dates. They will be sent via email, if supplied, or paper copy. The library does not assume responsibility for the non-receipt of notices. Failure to receive an overdue notice does not absolve patrons from returning materials late.

Proxy Patron Privileges:

WPI faculty and staff members may grant proxy borrowing privileges to any current member of the WPI community, allowing the proxy to check out items on behalf of the original faculty or staff member.  Please fill out the form and send it to

**In Library Use Only Items:

Special Collection items, journals, and course reserve items must be used within the library. The exceptions for reserve items are library-owned materials which may be borrowed overnight within 30 minutes of closing and returned within one hour of opening on the next business day.

Contact Us:

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Deborah Bockus, Assistant Director for Access Services, (+1-508-831-5230 or or the Access Services Department (+1-508-831-5410 or

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