Borrowing & Renewals
Who can check out materials from the Chester Fritz Library?
Students, faculty, and staff of the University of North Dakota may check out materials. In addition, UND alumni and borrowers affiliated with the North Dakota University System (NDUS) may check out materials. Members of the community may purchase a library card for $10 per year.
Where do I get my library card?
UND students, faculty, and staff use their U-Card. Alumni, NDUS borrowers, and community members will be issued a card at the Access Services desk.
Your U-Card will also work as a library card at the Grand Forks Public Library, provided you have visited the Chester Fritz Library to activate your card at the Access Services desk.
How do I find course reserves?
Search for your class by instructor or course number using the Course Reserves search.
How long can I keep things I check out?
It depends on two things: what kind of item you’re checking out, and your relationship with the university. Also, library items may be recalled (see below). Here are the basic checkout periods:
|Patron Type||Loan Period|
|UND Undergraduates||30 days|
|UND Graduate Students||Until end of current semester|
|UND Faculty & Staff||All loans due on last day of Spring Semester|
|UND Alumni||30 days|
|NDUS and unaffiliated borrowers||30 days|
|Type of Material||Loan Period|
|Children’s Literature||30 days|
|Course Reserves||Determined by instructor|
|Government Documents||30 days|
|Periodicals, Journals||48 hours (faculty, staff, and graduate students only)|
|Videos, Cassettes, Media Kits||30 days|
|Microforms, Microfilm||2 hours|
|Branch Library materials||Policies may vary|
|Reference Collection||No checkout|
|Special Collections materials||No checkout|
What’s a “recall” and how do they work?
If a book you need is already checked out, you may ”recall” it, meaning that the current borrower must return it so that you can check it out. Please come to the Access Services desk on 2nd Floor to request a recall.
When you check out a book, you are guaranteed the item for 2 weeks. After that, the book may be recalled. When you are notified of the recall, you have 4 days to return the book or you will be charged a fine of $10.00 per item.
Recalls are important because some borrowers, such as faculty or graduate students, are allowed to check out books for very long periods (as much as a year in some cases). Recalls ensure that if someone else needs such a book, they can get it in a reasonable time frame.
Only a small percentage of books are recalled.
How do I renew things?
If you have trouble, contact the Access Services department (2nd Floor, Chester Fritz Library or call 701-777-4644).
Items that have not been returned or renewed by the due date will be subject to overdue fees.
Interlibrary Loans cannot be renewed online. Requests for renewal of interlibrary loans may be made in-person at the Access Services desk, by phone (701-777-4631), or through UND email (firstname.lastname@example.org.) Requests should be made 7-10 days in advance of the due date. Renewal cannot be guaranteed and is limited to a maximum of one renewal per item. Due dates are at the discretion of the lending library and items that have not been returned or renewed by the due date will be subject to overdue fees. Please check your record for a new due date, or contact Interlibrary Loan.
How much are overdue fees?
Overdue Fees in General
If items are not returned or renewed on time, a $10.00 per item non-refundable overdue fine/processing fee will be assessed and library privileges are suspended. You are responsible for material checked-out on your ID. Non-receipt of notices does not excuse you from your responsibility to return materials on time. Patrons are informed of the due date when they check out.
When a book or other item passes its due date, we will send two notices.
Initial Notice: If you have items checked out from this library that are not returned or renewed by the due date, we will send an initial notice. You may either return or renew overdue items at this time. Depending on the number of items overdue, your record may be blocked and you may need an override to renew items. Contact Access Services if you need assistance with an override (2nd Floor, Chester Fritz Library or call 701-777-4644).
Final Notice: If the items are not returned or renewed, a final notice will be sent and library privileges will be suspended.
If an item is not returned, your UND account at Student Account Services will be billed for the fine plus the replacement cost of the item. If you return an item after incurring its replacement cost, the cost may be credited to your account. Holds on registration, transcripts and financial aid go into effect until your account is cleared.
Lost or damaged library materials: Replacement costs are not a purchase. Items remain the property of the library and must be returned. If items are lost and you are unable to return them to the library, contact Karlene Clark at Access Services (2nd Floor, Chester Fritz Library or call 701-777-4644).
Overdue Class Reserves
The fine for overdue class reserves is $10.00 per item. There is no grace period.
Overdue Fees for Recalled Books
Books may be recalled 2 weeks after checkout. When a book is recalled, you have 1 week to return the book or you will be charged a fine of $10.00 per item
What if I need something the library does not have?
UND Faculty, students, and staff can use Inter-Library Loan (ILL) to borrow books and other items from libraries around the world. For more information, see our ILL overview.