Who may borrow materials from the libraries?

  • U.Va. students
  • U.Va. faculty
  • U.Va. staff
  • U.Va. alumni
  • U.Va. research projects
  • Individuals associated with U.Va. agencies by specific arrangement
  • Virginia residents (at least 16 years of age)
  • Faculty and students at other Virginia higher education institutions
  • Independent researchers (upon presentation of a picture ID)
  • Faculty from OCLC Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program institutions
  • Individuals who have an active trespass order against them restricting access to University property may not borrow books from the Libraries.  They should arrange with the U.Va. Police to return any materials previously checked out.

How do I obtain borrowing privileges?

Present current, valid identification at any Library circulation desk. Valid forms of identification:

  • U.Va. student, faculty or staff ID card
  • Virginia driver’s license or ID card
  • Valid driver’s license or ID card (for one year researcher access)
  • Passport  (for one year researcher access)
  • ID card from a Virginia higher education institution (one year researcher access)

May I renew materials? How do I renew materials?

The libraries allow unlimited renewals of most materials.

  • Login to VIRGO and renew online
  • Call any of our libraries to renew over the phone
  • Email lib-circ(at)
  • Request at any Library service desk.

Materials that may not be renewed:

  • items that have been recalled from you (i.e. requested by someone else)
  • reserves

Some Interlibrary Loan materials may be renewed: you can do this through the Interlibrary Services/LEO website or by phone, (434) 924-3875.

May I recall materials if they are checked out? How do I recall materials?

Users who have a need for material currently checked out can place a recall on the charged item and specify the library at which they would like to pick the item up.  Recalled items must be returned within 10 days of the recall notice. Recalled items accrue overdue fines at a rate of $1.00 per day.  Once the item is returned, the requesting user will be notified and the item will be held at the specified library’s service desk for 7 days, after which it will be re-shelved or circulated to the next waiting user.

Where do I return materials?

Most materials can be returned to any U.Va. library. Many locations have outside book returns. There is a drive up book return at the Alderman loading dock on Newcomb Road.

Mailing Address:

Alderman Library Circulation
P.O. Box 400113
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4113

What are the loan periods?

Books and Printed Music Unlimited, but subject to recall All materials due at the end of the Spring semester, Overall limit on items – 500 30 days, Overall limit on items – 500 30 days 25 item limit unless faculty at other VA colleges
Bound Journals (Clemons, Science & Engineering, Alderman, Fine Arts) Unlimited, but subject to recall All materials due at the end of the Spring semester 30 days 30 days
Clemons Audio Cassettes 30 days 30 days 30 days 30 days
Current Periodicals (Alderman, Science & Engineering, Fine Arts) 7 days, 1 renewal 7 days, 1 renewal 7 days, 1 renewal 7 days, 1 renewal
Reserves, 3 Hour (Some items are in-library use only.) 3 hours 3 hours 3 hours 3 hours
Note: Some reserve 3 hour items may be checked out overnight shortly before closing
Reserves, 2 Day 2 days 2 days 2 days 2 days
Music Sound Recordings Unlimited, but subject to recalls, unlimited renewals All materials due at the end of the Spring semester, unlimited renewals
Grad Students – no item limit
Staff – 25 item limit
1 month, unlimited renewals 1 week, 25 item limit, 1 renewal
Microfilm & Microfiche Unlimited, but subject to recalls & staff confirm once/semester All materials due at the end of the Spring semester 30 days 30 days (25 item limit except faculty at other Virginia Colleges / Universities)
Software, from Scholars’ Lab 3 days 3 days 3 days Not available
Videos/DVDs 7 days,  1 renewal, 5 DVD (VHS, LD) limit 7 days, 1 renewal, 2 DVD (VHS, LD) limit 7 days,  1 renewal, 2 DVD (VHS, LD) limit Not available except by special permission

Maps, CD-ROMS, and certain other materials in some libraries may have other loan periods.
Materials in some collections, such as Reference and Special Collections, do not normally circulate.

What are the charges for lost or damaged materials?

In-print materials Replacement cost as listed in Books in Print, Ulrich’s Int’l Periodicals Directory, etc.
Out of print books Price listed by out-of-print book dealer, or average cost of U.Va. Library titles purchased in the subject area.
Periodicals Replacement cost or pro-rated current subscription cost.
Interlibrary Loan Replacement charges are set by the lending institution.
Other materials Original cost or actual cost of comparable item.

What are the fines for overdue materials?


Books 10 cents per day per item; $5 maximum per item
Periodicals and Recalled Items $1 per day per item; $20 maximum per item
In-library and Overnight Reserve $1 per hour per item; $20 maximum per item
Two Day Reserve $1 per day per item; $20 maximum per item
Videos, Sound Recordings, Slides $1 per day per item; $20 maximum per item

When materials are returned late and fines have accrued, the user will receive notification of the amount and reason for the fines. When materials are not returned and become long overdue, the user is billed for replacement cost and library privileges are suspended. This includes use of Special Collections, Interlibrary Services and LEO book delivery. Payment for materials found and returned within 90 days of payment will be refunded.

Student fines will be referred to the University Student Financial Services for collection as part of the university’s centralized billing system. Other users may clear their accounts at any Library circulation unit by returning the items. However, all fines incurred by non-students must be paid at Alderman Library.

What do I do if I try to log into Virgo and see an “Access Denied” message?

If you are unable to log in to Virgo to renew your books or recall an item, please contact or ask a librarian for more information.