Library Policies

Circulation Policy

Please Note

  • To ensure that everyone has a chance to access a book within a reasonable amount of time, all materials checked out are subject to recall. When an item is recalled you will be notified by mail or email with the new due date, typically 10 days from the date of the email.
  • There are no grace periods for recalled materials. After the new due date, library privileges are suspended until the recalled item is returned.
  • Renewals of materials are permitted provided there are no outstanding hold requests.
  • All materials returned damaged in any way (ink, pencil, water damage, pets, etc.) are subject to a minimum fine of $10 per item.
  • The replacement date of a billed item is the date with which the item status is changed to billed for replacement.
  • The billing fee is non-refundable.
  • The standard replacement fee for a book is $75; however, the fee assessed will reflect the actual replacement cost of the material.
Loan Period 4 weeks*
Renewals allowed? Yes
Grace period 10 days
Fine after grace ends $5 per item
Replacement date 8 weeks after due date
Billing fee $5 per item
Replacement fine $75 per item

* Extended Time: Faculty and graduate students of UNH Manchester are eligible to borrow most books on extended time. The extended time due date is usually at the end of the spring semester. All items are subject to recall at any time, so please check your mail regularly.

Loan Period 1 week
Renewals allowed? Yes, one time only
Grace period 3 days
Fine after grace ends $5 per item
Replacement date 2 weeks after due date
Billing fee $5 per item
Replacement fine $75 per item
Loan Period 2-hour library use only, 3 or 7 days*
Renewals allowed? No
Grace period None
Fine after grace ends $1 per day, up to $15 per item
Replacement date 2 weeks after due date
Billing fee $20 per item
Replacement fine $75 per item

* Determined by faulty member or course instructor

  Loan Period Renewals allowed?
Articles Yours to keep  
Books Determined by the lending library At the discretion of the lending library
Other Materials At the discretion of the lending library  

Reference and periodicals are not available for checkout. They are to be used in the library only.

Food and Drink Policy


Food is permitted in the library, but in an effort to keep things clean and pleasant, we do encourage you to eat your meals beforehand if possible. We do not allow food delivery to the library.


Drinks in covered, spill-proof containers or capped bottles are allowed in all areas of the library. Appropriate containers include (but are not limited to) bottled water or soda, coffee cups with lids and travel mugs.

Common Courtesy

  • Please place recyclables in recycling bins and non-recyclable garbage in trash cans.
  • Carry out any non-disposable dishes you bring to the library.
  • Report accidental spills to the staff as soon as possible.
  • If you must dispose of a beverage, please pour liquids into the bathroom sink or water fountain before recycling/throwing away containers.

While food and drinks are allowed, if the library staff receives complaints, we reserve the right to ask patrons to put/throw their food away if they want to stay in the library.

Laptop Lending Policy

The UNH Manchester Learning Commons laptops are available for use by current students*, faculty and staff. Laptops can be checked out at the Help Desk with a valid UNH Manchester ID.

The laptops have limited programs available for use, e.g. Microsoft Office, as well as Internet Explorer and Firefox, which students can access through the University's wireless network. Laptops may be used for up to 4 hours, and renewed if needed longer. They must be returned an hour prior to the library's closing.


  • Must present a valid UNH Manchester photo ID
  • An individual may check out only one laptop at a time
  • Laptops are available on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be reserved ahead of time
  • Patrons need to save data to their personal USB or email account, as all files saved on the hard drive will be cleared automatically at shut-down
  • Laptops must be returned by the same individual who checked it out
  • Learning Commons staff members are not responsible for teaching patrons how to use hardware or software packages
  • Patrons assume full responsibility for any damages, theft or loss while in possession of the library laptop
  • Individuals must abide by the University's Acceptable Use Policy

Fines & Billing Fee

Overdue fines are $5 per hour. Partial hours will be billed at the full hourly overdue rate. Overdue fines are non-refundable. If a student does not return a laptop, it will be considered lost at closing time and a full replacement charge (current market value) plus a non-refundable $75 billing fee will be applied to the student's account. If the laptop is returned in good condition, the replacement charge is credited to the patron's account. The fines and billing fee will not be forgiven.

* Students must be in good standing with UNH Manchester Library in order to check out a laptop. This means they do not exceed $20 in fines or have a hold on their account for other infractions, and have returned previously borrowed laptops in good condition.