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Item Type Loan Period Overdue Fees Renew?
Books 4 weeks $0.20/day 2 renewals of 2 weeks
Reserves 2 hours In-House $2.00/hour 0
ILL Varies $5.00/day Varies
1-Day Loans 1 day $5.00/day 0
DVDS / Blu Ray 7 days $1.00/day 1 renewal of 1 week
16mm Films 7 days $5.00/day 0
Equipment 2 days $12.00/day 0

Students can borrow a max of 30 items. Of those items, up to 3 may be items borrowed from the Equipment Loan Office.

Lost item fees are $90.00 unless otherwise noted.

Books marked "non-circulating" or "reference" cannot be checked out of the Library without special permission. Current faculty, students and staff in good standing with the Library may check out, upon a Librarian's approval, non-circulating stacks books. For approval go to the Reference Desk to ask a librarian.

Item Type Loan Period Overdue Fees Renew?
Books 1 semester $0.20/day 2 renewals of 2 weeks
Reserves 2 hours In-House* $2.00/hour 0
ILL Varies $5.00/day Varies
1-Day Loans 1 day $5.00/day 0
DVDS / Blu Ray 7 days $1.00/day 1 renewal of 1 week
16mm Films 7 days $5.00/day 0
Equipment 2 days $12.00/day 0

Faculty & staff can borrow a max of 30 items. Of those items, up to 3 may be items borrowed from the Equipment Loan Office.

Lost item fees are $90.00 unless otherwise noted.

*Faculty can speak to reserve staff to request permission to take reserve items outside the Library.

Books marked "non-circulating" or "reference" cannot be checked out of the Library without special permission. Current faculty, students and staff in good standing with the Library may check out, upon a Librarian's approval, non-circulating stacks books. For approval go to the Reference Desk to ask a librarian.

Lost Item Fines
All Library patrons (faculty, staff and students) are required to pay for lost items on their Library record. The fine for a lost book is $90.00. This covers the cost of the replacement as well as processing costs.


Paying Late Fines

Please email bcirc.library@pratt.edu for assistance paying late fines. We can accept payments online.


Outstanding Fines

Patrons with outstanding fines amounting to or exceeding $10.00 cannot borrow or renew books, including reserve materials, or use ILL until fines are paid. Students with outstanding fines of any amount at the end of their final semester cannot graduate until fines are paid.

Faculty seeking to bring their students to draw on-site in the libraries must fill out the following request form: Request Permission to Draw in the Library

Any Pratt Institute student, faculty or staff member interested in filming or taking still images inside the Libraries is required to fill out a permission form. All shoots must be course-related. To make a request, please fill out the form here: Request Permission to Film in the Library

The Libraries accept gifts and funds for materials using the same criteria it applies to purchases. However, the Library reserves the right to make use of donations as materials for exchange or sale in order to best strengthen the collection. The Library determines the cataloging, classification, housing and circulation policies of gift materials. Learn more here.

The faculty and staff of Pratt Institute Libraries believe that Open Access to scholarship is critical for scholarly communication, the future of libraries more generally and advancing the library’s mission of providing outstanding service and access to a resource-rich environment that facilitates critical thinking, and creative teaching and learning in the Pratt community. The Libraries pledge to support and promote open access scholarship, resources, and services. In supporting the spread of knowledge outside of strict paywalls of traditional scholarly publishing structures, the Libraries commit to collecting robust Open Access resources as described in the Electronic Resources Evaluation Policy and Collection Development Policy. By promoting resources that are free and open access, the Libraries' further their commitment to advancing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility, as these resources will continue to be accessible to students after graduation, as well as being decoupled from traditional academic silos.

This pledge builds upon the Libraries’ practices/programs centering access to digital and digitized scholarly resources and services such as the collection of Pratt community records in its Archives, promotion of open educational resources, collection of theses and dissertations and future development of an institutional repository.

To learn more about Open Access and explore free online resources promoted by the Libraries please consult this dedicated research guide. A selection of Open Access resources are also available on the Database directory.

The Libraries encourages users to recommend open access resources for inclusion in the collection. To do this please reach out to eresources.library@pratt.edu with your suggestions.

The purpose of the Libraries’ collection development policy document is to make clear the scope of the materials collected and priorities for the selection of those materials. Read the complete policy here.

The Brooklyn Campus Library acts as a repository of theses, the final academic project required for graduation from most of Pratt's graduate programs. The Libraries have prepared a thesis submission guide to prepare students.

The Pratt Institute Libraries' collections are intended primarily for use by current faculty, students and staff. However, access and borrowing privileges may be provided for persons not currently affiliated with the Institute. Learn more in our visitor guide.

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