Library Borrowing

Middlebury College maintains its Libraries for the use of students, faculty, and staff in support of the instructional goals of the College.

The library purchases or subscribes to materials in printed, microform, digital, manuscript, and recorded formats, principally in support of the teaching program of the College. Materials solely for faculty research are usually not acquired for the library collections. It may be necessary, therefore, to supplement local resources through interlibrary loan, consortial borrowing, and the use of research libraries.

A valid Middlebury College ID is required to transact library business. Library privileges are extended to faculty, students, alumni, and staff of the Middlebury College community, and to guest borrowers by application. Click here for up-to-date borrower information, polices and loan periods.

Media collection materials needed for course work are available at the circulation desk; restrictions exist on access to this collection.  DVDs in the "browsing collection" may be checked out by Middlebury students, staff, and faculty for non-public viewing in the privacy of rooms or homes. See the Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines section of the College Handbook for additional information.

Faculty, staff, and students may recall materials that are on loan to other borrowers. If you receive a recall notice, you are obligated to return recalled items as soon as possible.  Overdue library materials and fines will restrict borrowing privileges. All borrowers are responsible for payment of charges assessed for damaged or lost materials.


As members of the scholarly community using our common resources, all library users are responsible for maintaining our library collections.

Library use is a privilege extended to those who recognize that the collections are resources to be shared with current and future users and who observe the regulations and procedures established to make materials accessible to all.

Abuse of library materials may result in the revocation of library borrowing privileges and could result in referral for College judicial procedure. The Library is committed to maintaining collections, which exist as a common resource to be shared, preserved, and respected in a manner guaranteeing protection for future users. The ethical use of library materials involves acceptance of this principle and appropriate conduct regarding library collections.  

Inappropriate use includes, but is not limited to:

  • Writing upon, defacing, tearing, cutting, mutilating, or destroying books or other library property in the custody of the library.
  • Willful concealment of a book or other library property on one's person or among one's belongings while attempting to leave, or leaving the premises of the library without formal borrowing through the library circulation desks.
  • The willful concealment of a book or other library property within the libraries.
  • The willful removal of a book or other library property in contravention to library regulations.
  • The intentional alteration or destruction of library ownership records.
  • The willful retention of library materials beyond their stated loan periods.

Borrowing Equipment

When borrowing Middlebury College equipment, each user is solely responsible for the following:

  • At check-out, confirm the length of the loan period, and that all equipment accessories are accounted for
  • Return of equipment by the due date/time
  • Return of equipment directly to the library it was borrowed from
  • Return of equipment directly to a staff member at the Circulation Desk
  • Replacement or repair of damaged, lost, or stolen equipment
  • Return of equipment with all accessories accounted for
  • Loss of equipment borrowing privileges
  • Responsible use of equipment

Please note:

  • All personal files, images, and software will be deleted upon return and will not be recoverable
  • Faculty/staff laptops require log-on while on campus prior to off campus use

The Library and Middlebury College disclaim all warranties, including all implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. Neither the Library nor Middlebury College shall be liable to a user or any other person for any loss or damage of any kind related to configuration and operation of any equipment, including but not limited to, out-of-pocket expenses, consequential damages, inconvenience, loss of data, loss of profits, loss of use, emotional stress, physical injury, or damage to software or hardware.

Guest Borrower Responsibilities

Middlebury College maintains its Libraries for the use of Students, Faculty, and Staff in support of the instructional goals of the College. Others are welcome to visit and use the resources available within the Library. Library use is a privilege extended to those who observe the regulations and procedures established to make materials accessible to all. The loan of library materials is limited to authorized borrowers.

Guest borrowers, like members of the College community, are pledged to the ethical use of library materials. As a guest borrower you assume full responsibility for the physical condition of all materials checked out on your card. You are responsible for knowing the due dates and for the timely return of materials.

Guest borrowers must present their library card in order to borrow materials. 

Other Services: Guest borrowers should be clearly aware that members of the College community always have priority in the use of services including, but not limited to: services of the Research Librarian, on-line catalog, photocopiers, microfilm readers/printers, A/V equipment, computers, study carrels and rooms. Database searching is available at the discretion of the Research & Instruction Department.  Guest borrowers who would like to use information resources we receive as a federal depository library should have the same access to this information as other categories of users.  Due to licensing agreements and contract restrictions some resources are not available to guest borrowers.

Updated: 8/2/18

Please direct questions about borrowing to Library Circulation Services 
Phone: 802.443.5494

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