Borrowing policies at Mantor Library are designed to ensure fair and equitable access to our collections. Our physical collections and electronic resources exist to serve primarily the students, faculty, and staff of the University of Maine at Farmington. We also provide free community guest borrowing by providing free library cards, access to interlibrary loan services, and access to technology and electronic resources within the library.
For books in the general collection at Mantor Library:
UMF Student borrowers, community guest borrowers: Books 1 month loan (renewal possible)
UMF Faculty and Staff borrowers: Books semester-end loan (renewal possible)
For unique items & collections:
Discoveries Books & DVDs = 2 week loan (no renewal)
CDs = 1 month loan (renewal possible)
IT equipment (students, faculty, staff) = 2 days (no renewal, $5 per day late fee), 2 day waiting period between borrowing the same item, UMF Library card required to borrow
IT Chromebooks (students, faculty, staff) = 5 days (no renewal, $5 per day late fee), 2 day waiting period between borrowing the same item, UMF Library card required to borrow
2 hour (overnight use allowed, no renewal), UMF Library card required to borrow
4 hour (library use only, no renewal), UMF Library card required to borrow
1 week (no renewal), UMF Library card required to borrow
Interlibrary loan borrowing policies vary according to consortial agreements (URSUS and MaineCat), collection type, and item type. Interlibrary loan for items outside of Maine and interlibrary loan for articles is available through ILLiad. Mantor Library honors library cards with accounts in good standing from all URSUS and MaineCat library patrons, and also participates in Maine State Library’s Reciprocal Borrowing Program Pilot.
Our library system provides several reminders to help patrons return items in a timely fashion:
- Automatic, daily courtesy reminders are emailed to patrons before items become overdue
- Overdue reminders are emailed the day an item becomes overdue
- Generally*, 2 weeks after an item becomes overdue a replacement bill is generated and emailed (or mailed if no email exists) *Some items may be billed earlier than 2 weeks, e.g., Reserves
Replacement costs are waived when items are returned to the library in good/working condition Replacement costs may remain for damaged or broken items
Late fees for IT equipment accrue at the rate of $5 per day and are not waived upon return
Borrowing privileges are blocked when fees amount to $10 or more
Borrowing privileges are blocked and a financial hold is placed on student accounts owing $100 or more in combined late fees or replacement fees. Removal of a financial hold is possible when items are returned in good/working condition and any late IT fees are paid.
Cash is accepted at the front desk to add to student, faculty, staff, and community member printing accounts. No library card is required to add cash to a printing account; simply state your maine.edu username (for students, faculty, & staff), or your UMF Community Computer Account username (umf-firstname-lastname).
Copy cards may be purchased at the front desk with cash. Details about copying and printing charges may be found on our page describing Community Patron Technology Resources
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