How do I get my books renewed?

All books can be renewed (unless they have been recalled) on the My Account/Book Renewal page OR in person. You are allowed a maximum of 2 renewals. 

Penalties for Not Returning Materials

  • If another user has recalled a book you have checked out, you will receive an email notification requesting you to return the book. You have until 14 days from the original loan date or 5 days from the date of recall, whichever is longer, in which to return the book, after which a fine of up to $5 a day or partial day is levied.
  • If you don't return an overdue item we suspend your borrowing privileges, charge the cost of replacing the book, and a $25 non-refundable administrative fee per item.
  • It is your responsibility as an alumni user to keep the Library informed of your current address and email address. Non-receipt of notices does not relieve you from suspension of borrowing privileges and book replacement charges.

Paying Fines

  • Fines can be paid at the Library Services Desk of the appropriate library. We accept debit/credit cards and cheques (no cash payments, sorry).

Email Notification

You will be sent a notice by e-mail for:

  • Holds
  • Recalls
  • Overdues
  • Replacement billing
  • Fines

Please note: all non-McMaster users are responsible for keeping us updated on their current e-mail addresses.