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Circulation: Suspension of Privileges

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Suspension of Privileges

How can privileges be suspended?

Patrons may be blocked from borrowing, renewing or requesting for any of the following reasons:

  • One or more overdue recalled books
  • Expired library record
  • Courtesy patrons are blocked if they check out more than 20 books.
  • If your patron account does not contain a valid email address. 

When materials are 28 days overdue, they are put into "Lost" status, which comes with a $200 fee for each lost book.  Though this fee is waived once items are returned, here are the progressive steps for suspension of privileges for Lost items which are not returned:

  • After 30 days, users are blocked from requesting any further interlibrary materials
  • After 60 days, users are blocked from checking out any Penn materials
  • After 90 days, the bursar is notified to block user account from further Penn privileges

The Library's primary method of communication regarding your Library account is via e-mail. If you prefer that Library notices be sent to an e-mail address other than your account, please contact us.

Report a change of address:

Please use one of the options below to update your mailing address of record, which is used as a secondary method of communication about your Library account.

  • Penn students: Log on to Penn InTouch and select the Addresses link.
  • Penn faculty and staff: Log on to U@Penn and select "My Profile" under Personal Resuorces, Health & Welfare.
  • Courtesy Borrowers: contact us.


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