Healey Library

at the University of Massachusetts Boston

Circulation Policies

Eligibility for Healey Library Services

Types of Users and Eligibility

Full

  • UMass Boston enrolled students with an active record 
  • Faculty, staff, retired faculty
  • Affiliate Users (Department Sponsored Affiliates/Contingent Workers)**

Services Available:  Borrowing and interlibrary loan privileges; Remote and on-campus access to Healey electronic resources * (ebooks, ejournals, databases and indexes); Interlibrary Loan via Illiad or WorldCat: Present your ID with Library barcode, use barcode for accessing online resources

Partial

  • Members of participating library consortia (Boston Library Consortium, Fenway Library Consortium, Massachusetts Public Colleges and Universities members)
  • UMass Boston Alumni Association

Services Available:  Borrowing privileges; Onsite use of electronic resources: Present your Alumni ID or your institution ID and consortium ID

 

Guest

  • Community members
  • Commonwealth citizens

Services Available: Onsite use of materials and electronic resources; Borrowing privileges via interlibrary loan service from their own library: Guests should present ID

 

*Accessing Online Library Resources Off-campus
A library barcode will allow you to access the library’s online databases, electronic books and journals when off campus.  Online students and faculty, see the Library Barcode page for information on getting a barcode number.

**Affiliate Users (Sponsored Affiliates/Contingent Workers)
Campus departments can grant Affiliate User status to individuals working as consultants, community partners, or in interinstitutional collaborations.  University policies and licensing arrangements require that a Contingent Worker status be established for these individuals.  The sponsoring department should arrange for this status by following the process outlined through Human Resource’s Contingent Worker Guidelines available at Human Resource’s Instructions and Forms page.  The Contingent Worker Status must be created for the affiliate user to appear in the library system and before a library barcode can be issued.

 

The use of books, journals, databases within the physical library is free. If you have any questions please contact the Circulation Desk at 617.287.5900.

Loan Periods and Renewals

The standard loan period for circulating collections is:

  • Faculty: 120 days
  • Graduate students and staff: 60 days
  • Undergraduates: 30 days
  • Affiliates: 30 days 

Please renew items before the due date.  Before items are due they can be renewed online (http://voyager.lib.umb.edu/vwebv/login), via email (library.circulation@umb.edu), telephone (617-287-5900), or in person.  After due date items can only be renewed via email and telephone.

Overdue Notices and Lost Item Billing

To encourage prompt returns and help avoid fines, two courtesy overdue notices are sent within 30 days of the due date.  Notices are sent via electronic mail.  On the 40th day an item is considered lost and a Fines and Fee Notice will be sent via electronic mail.  This is a bill for a lost item’s overdue fines and its replacement charges (see below).  Lost Item charges and fees will result in a HOLD placed on a user’s WISER account.

Overdue Fines and Fees / Healey Library Materials

  • Overdue items are charged $.75 per day per item with a maximum of $30. Fines begin accumulating on the first day overdue.
  • After an item has been overdue for 40 days, the item will be assumed lost.  In addition to overdue fines a $30 processing fee and item's replacement cost will be charged. The item's replacement charge is based upon the actual cost to the library to replace.  Lost item fees and replacement charges apply to all Library users.  
  • Overdue fines of $10 or more will result in a HOLD placed on a user’s WISER account.  Holds will not allow students to receive grades, transcripts, or register for classes.
  • The Library accepts checks, credit cards and cash for payment of fines and fees.  Payment in coins not to exceed $0.99.  
  • Users may replace lost items with an equivalent edition or version of the lost item.  Bring the replacement item to the Circulation desk.  Replacement is subject to the approval of Healey Library’s Business Acquisitions and Technical Services department.

Course Reserves Recalls

Any item in circulation may be recalled at any time from any user (see Holds).  If the item is needed to be placed on course reserve, a user will receive a recall notice which shortens their loan period to 10 days from the date of the notice. The standard $0.75 a day overdue fine begins accumulating if the item is not returned by the shortened due date.  

Reserves Loan Periods

•       Course reserve materials circulate within and outside the library.

•       Most reserve items have a three-hour loan period—a few have a longer loan period.

•       There are no renewals of reserve items, though items may be checked out for another loan period based on demand and at the discretion of circulation staff.

Reserves Fines and Fees

All faculty, staff, and students are assessed overdue fines, to strongly encourage the timely return of items so that other patrons may access them. Fines for overdue reserve items are the following:

•       $0.10 cents per minute

•       maximum overdue charge: $150 per day

Replacement cost is determined by the actual cost to the library to replace the book and $15 for folders. The processing fee is $25 for each item.

Review your account to verify due dates, due times and any accrued fines.

Holds

A user may place a hold on any item that is charged out to another user.  The Hold does not alter the item’s due date. Once that item is returned, it will be held for 10 days to pick up at the Circulation desk. Holds can only be placed on an item that is charged out. 

To place an item on hold:  Go to http://voyager.lib.umb.edu and confirm that the book is charged (checked out or unavailable); click the “Make a Request” link in the blue box on the right-hand side of the screen. Select "Hold" on the following screen. Once the item is returned a notice will be sent to let you know the book is available for you at the Circulation desk. The Circulation desk can also place the hold for you in person.

InterLibrary Loan Materials

Overdue charges for items borrowed from other libraries apply to all users.  Fines and fees for lost items from another library are determined by the lending library’s replacement policy.  Questions regarding overdue and lost items from another library are handled by the Interlibrary Loan Department: 617.287.5912 | library.ill@umb.edu.  These policies apply to books borrowed through your InterLibrary loan account as well as books borrowed through UMass Boston WorldCat.