Borrowing and Renewing Items

You may borrow from us if you are:

  • A registered WMU student with a Bronco Card
  • A WMU faculty or staff member, or retiree with a Bronco Card
  • A WMU doctoral program graduate with a Lifetime Borrower's Card
  • A guest borrower

Borrowing periods

Item type
Undergraduate

Graduate and
Graduate assistant
Faculty and Staff
Emeritus and Retiree
Guest
Borrower
Books
Government documents
Music scores
Music CDs and LPs 
28 days 1 semester 1 semester 14 days
Waldo Children's books 28 days 28 days 28 days 14 days
Reserve items 2 hours - 7 days 2 hours - 7 days 2 hours - 7 days 2 hours - 7 days
Permanent Reserves only
Waldo Instructional Videos 7 days 7 days 7 days Not available for use
Music Library videos
Slides
Images on CD-ROM
7 days 14 days 14 days Library use only

 Number of items you can borrow

WMU students, faculty and staffGuest borrowers
100 items 10 items

Renewing items

Renew online under My Account (choose WMU Library Catalog) or My Library Account in the catalog

  • Review results to make sure renewal was successful
  • You may renew twice online
  • If you have trouble renewing, call (269) 387-5154.
  • Or bring items in to one of the library circulation counters

Recall

  • Library users may recall items you have checked out
  • You will get an e-mail notification to return the item
  • You are guaranteed use of the material for at least 14 days
  • You must return the item by the new recall due date or be fined for each day overdue

Returning items

All items can be returned to one of the following locations:

  • Waldo Library — book returns also available outside front doors and on Arcadia Street side of building
  • Education Library — room #2800 Sangren Hall – and book return outside the northwest entrance
  • Music and Dance Library — room #3006 Dalton Center
  • Archives & Regional History Collection – 111 East Hall
  • College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (Parkview Campus) — Book return box on first floor, near Lecture Hall D-115 (front entrance). Pick up Monday - Friday by 9 a.m.
  • College of Health & Human Services (Oakland Drive Campus) — Book return box on first floor near the Learning Resource Center. Pick up Monday - Friday by 9 a.m.
  • Haworth College of Business (Schneider Hall) — Book return box on first floor by the entrance nearest the Fetzer Center. Pick up Monday - Friday by 9 a.m.

Library materials must be returned complete with all parts, discs, booklets, and other accompanying material. You will be charged full replacement charges for items returned without all accompanying material.

Overdue fines

 Item typeOverdueRecalledNOTE
Books, music scores, CDs, LPs $.25 per day up to $10 per item $1 per day up to $15 per item Faculty, staff & grad assistants are fined only for overdue recalled items
Videos $.20 per hour or $4.80 per day *   Video fines apply to all borrowers*
Interlibrary loan items $1 per day   $10 fee for each ILL item ordered, but not picked up

* Maximum Video fines are $10 per item for undergraduate students and graduate students.
Maximum Video fines are $35 per item for faculty, staff and graduate assistants.
Video borrowing privileges will be suspended when maximum video or other fines or fees are reached.

Replacement charges and processing fees

Replacement charges and processing fees apply to all borrowers.

 Item typeConsidered lostReplacement chargeNon refundable processing fee
Books & scores 45 days or more overdue $75 per item, or actual replacement cost if higher $15
Waldo videos 10 days or more overdue $75 per item, or actual replacement cost if higher * $15
Music & Dance Library
CDs, LPs,
DVDs, videos
45 days or more overdue $35 per item, or actual replacement cost if higher $15

* Replacement costs for Instructional videos may be in excess of $1,200.
These charges may also apply to any damaged items.
If a lost item is returned within six months of the billing date the replacement charge will be refunded, but not the processing fee.

Making payments

  • All library fines and fees, including interlibrary loan fees, may be paid on the 2nd Floor of Waldo Library at the Copy Center (library map)
  • Pay with cash or with check payable to "Western Michigan University" only
  • Or mail payment to: Copy Center, Waldo Library, 1903 West Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5353
  • Copy Center is open the same hours as Waldo Library
  • Call (269) 387-5154 with questions regarding payment

Borrowing privileges will be suspended:

For undergraduate and graduate students and guest borrowers if you:

  • Owe $10 or more in fines and/or fees, or
  • Have ten or more items 45 days or more overdue, or
  • Have one or more recalled items overdue

For faculty, staff, graduate assistants if you:

  • Owe $100 or more in fines and/or fees, or
  • Have ten or more items 45 days or more overdue, or
  • Have one or more recalled items overdue
  • Video borrowing privileges will be suspended when maximum video or other fines or fees are reached.

Borrowing at one of the regional locations

If you are a student at one of the regional locations of WMU, you may request items to be sent to you through Document Delivery

Borrowing from other libraries

WMU library users with a Bronco Card may borrow from other libraries through MeLCat or Interlibrary Loan.

Guest borrowers

You can get a one year guest borrower's card if you:

  • Live within a 50-mile radius of Western Michigan University, and
  • Are at least 18 years of age, and
  • Present a photo identification with an address and proof of Social Security number

A guest borrower may borrow up to 10 items excluding class reserve items, audio and video formats, slides, or image CD-ROMs. See loan periods above.

Reciprocal faculty borrowing program

A group of over 190 research libraries have developed an agreement to extend library privileges to faculty members of other research universities. Privileges vary from institution to institution. Faculty members intending to visit a participating library should request a Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program card from the Central Reference Desk, first floor, Waldo Library. More information

Western Michigan University doctoral program alumni

Western Michigan University doctoral program alumni are granted lifetime borrowing privileges. You must present the Lifetime Borrower's Card issued upon graduation and you will receive a 28 day loan period.