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Circulation: Suspension of Privileges

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Suspension of Privileges

See the Libraries' Return to Campus FAQ page for the latest updates on library services.

How can privileges be suspended?

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

  • Fines of $25 or higher; Faculty threshold is $100 or higher
  • One or more overdue recalled books
  • Expired library record
  • Courtesy patrons are blocked if they check out more than 20 books.
  • Students with outstanding unpaid charges of $50 or higher will be referred to the Student Financial Office after one month.
  • If your patron account does not contain a valid email address. 

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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