Watson Library of Business and Economics Circulation Policies


Loan Periods

You must have a current valid Columbia or affiliate ID to receive borrowing privileges.

Regular Circulation

  • Undergraduate students and staff: 4 weeks
  • Officers, Ph.D. students, and graduate students: semester loan
  • All circulating items may be recalled by another patron, or for course reserves.

Reserve Circulation (same for all borrowers)

  • Last copies: 2 hours or until closing (no renewals)
  • Other copies, subject to change over holidays and intersession:
    • Overnight after 3 p.m. Mon–Wed, due 10 a.m. the following day.
    • Overnight after 3 p.m. Thurs, all day Fri–Sun, due 10 a.m. Mon.

Renewal Policy

You may renew an item up to 10 times from the original check-out date unless another borrower has requested it, an instructor needs it for reserves, or your borrowing privileges are suspended.

  • Online renewal is available from the ‘My Library Account’ link in CLIO.
  • You may renew items in person at the library from which they were borrowed.
  • Reserves items cannot be renewed.

Fine Policies

Regular Circulation

  • 25 cents per calendar day up to a maximum of $7.50
  • Additional $75 fee charged after 45 days to replace the item

Reserve Circulation

  • $1 per hour for each hour the item is overdue, up to a maximum of $50
  • Additional $75 fee charged after 7 days to replace the item

Recalled Items

  • Borrowing privileges will be suspended if a recalled item is not returned on time
  • Fines: $1 for each calendar day that a recalled item is overdue, up to a maximum of $30

Conditions for Suspension of Circulation Privileges

  • One or more overdue or recalled items have not been returned, or
  • One or more Interlibrary Loan items have been not returned, or
  • $299 or more in fines or fees are owed.

Special Materials

  • Current and bound periodicals circulate for 2 hours to faculty and Ph.D. students only.
  • Microfilm and microfiche do not circulate.
  • Reference materials do not circulate.
  • Fragile items do not circulate.