Policies

Loans & Renewals
Item
VIMS Students
VIMS Faculty
VIMS Staff
W&M Students

W&M Faculty

W&M Staff
Books & Reports
Semester
5 Renewals
365 days
1 Renewal
Semester
5 Renewals

Semester
1 Renewal

365 days
1 Renewal

Semester
1 Renewal

Theses & Dissertations
Semester
5 Renewals
365 days
1 Renewal
Semester
5 Renewals
Semester
1 Renewal
365 days
1 Renewal
Semester
1 Renewal
Maps & Charts

7 days
3 Renewals

7 days
3 Renewals
7 days
3 Renewals
In Library Use
In Library Use
In Library Use
CDs, Videos, Software

7 days
1 Renewal

7 days
1 Renewal
7 days
1 Renewal
7 days
1 Renewal
7 days
1 Renewal
7 days
1 Renewal
Microfilms/forms
In Library Use
In Library Use
In Library Use
In Library Use
In Library Use
In Library Use
Print Journals
In Library Use
In Library Use
In Library Use
In Library Use
In Library Use
In Library Use
Overdue Materials

The Library does not assess fines for overdue materials. However, items that are not returned, or not renewed (if permitted), within 30 days past the due date will be declared lost.

Borrowers will be blocked, and charged the replacement cost, plus a processing fee of $25 per item. The processing fee is non-refundable even if the item is located and returned at a later date.  If there are valid reasons why you cannot return items or renew appropriately, such as extended field work, you are responsible for advising the Library of your circumstances.

Borrowing from the Williamsburg Campus Libraries

VIMS faculty, staff and students are able to borrow materials from Williamsburg campus libraries by going directly to the library or by requesting an item through Interlibrary Loan services.

Materials borrowed from Williamsburg campus libraries are subject to the loan rules and policies of those libraries which may differ from those of Hargis Library. It is the responsibility of the borrower to be aware of any differences.


Materials that are borrowed from Swem Library may be returned at Hargis Library.

Lost or Damaged Materials


Lost materials: Lost materials will be assessed at replacement costs, with a minimum charge of $70, plus a processing fee of $25 per item.

Damaged materials: These items may require special repair and processing, and will be subject to fees at the discretion of the Library. A processing fee of $25 per item will be charged. Items that are not repairable will be considered as lost materials. All damaged materials remain the property of the Library.