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Circulation and General Policy Information

Library borrowing and access policies

Circulation Information - Dependents

Circulation Information for Dependents


Spouses, domestic partners, and children of Trinity Faculty and Staff may request a library card by bringing their Trinity ID card ("Tiger Card") to the circulation desk and filling out the appropriate form.  The Dependent Tiger Card is issued by the University's Tiger Card Office: (210) 999-7825.

Borrower’s Responsibility

Borrowers assume total liability for items checked out from the Coates Library, which includes payment for lost or damaged items. Borrowers are responsible for making sure that items are properly returned for discharge from the Library’s circulation system. The responsibility and liability remain with the borrower until the item is properly discharged.

All library materials are subject to recall at which time the due dates are shortened and the overdue fines increase. Recalled materials must be returned promptly if the borrower is to retain library privileges.

Loan Period and Renewals

You may check out a maximum of 12 books at one time. If there is a fine owed or if a book is overdue, renewals and checkouts will be blocked.

Books (including Children’s literature and East Asian books), government documents, maps, and printed music may be checked out for a period of three weeks and can be renewed electronically one time if there are no holds or recalls placed on the items.

Media materials may be borrowed for 14 days, with one electronic renewal permitted.

For instructions on renewing electronically see "RENEWING ITEMS." Materials that are brought in to the library for renewal will be discharged and charged back to the patron unless holds or recalls have been placed. Electronic renewal is then allowed.

Materials that do not circulate are reference books, periodicals, Children’s textbooks, items marked "Non-Circulating," microforms, and materials housed in Special Collections.  Lockers, study rooms, interlibrary loans, and certain on-line databases are not available for Dependent use.

Fines and Replacement Charges

Below is the grace period and overdue fine structure for different categories of material in the library.  The maximum fine for overdue materials is $10.00 per item.  Charges for lost or damaged materials may include the cost of the item (usually $50.00; $20.00 for Media items) plus a $20.00 processing fee.

Books, government documents, maps, and printed music:

  • Grace Period: 4 days

  • Fine: $0.50 per day

  • Fine if recalled: $1.00 per day

Media materials (CDs, films, etc):

  • Grace Period: 1 day
  • Fine: $1.00 per day


You may place holds on materials that are checked out via the "Request" button in the item record in the library catalog.