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Policy Repository

General Overview

Currently, only those with Olin ID cards, Olin alumni, and members of schools with whom Olin College has reciprocal agreements (Babson and Wellesley) can check out materials from the Olin College Library. Visitors may use books and most electronic resources within the library during public hours.

Standard Loan Periods

  • Library books and CDs : 4 weeks

  • Movies and DVDs : 3 days

  • Course Reserves: 3 hours

  • Tools + Media Equipment :  24 hours. Use for longer than 1 day requires prior approval, in writing, from library staff. Email to request and confirm.

Power Drills

Power drills and power tools may not be used in the library itself. They are part of the collection to supplement what is available to you in the Academic Center, and for times you may need these tools off-campus. You are required to take, and wear, safety goggles in accordance with  general campus safety policies and best practices.

Off-Campus Media Use

If you plan on taking your camera off-campus you must use a protective case. We have carrying cases for all of the cameras, so please ask for help if you don't see them on the shelf.

Overdue fees are not currently charged.

Inter-Library Loan

Placing a request

If the Library does not own the item you need, and you cannot find it at the Babson or Wellesley College libraries, you can request it via Inter-Library Loan (ILL). We submit these requests to libraries across the country, who then loan the item to us on your behalf. Books, journal articles and book chapters are the most commonly requested items. You can also request DVDs, CDs, and anything else that a library is willing to loan!

Turnaround Time

We can't estimate or expedite delivery time. Generally, delivery ranges from 5-14 days for physical items (books, DVDs, etc.,) and 2-10 days for electronic items (single articles, book chapters).


When your item arrives, we'll email you to let you know, and provide you with the due date. Pick up and return physical items from Maggie's office (purple wall, Reading Room-adjacent).

Renewing an ILL

Submit renewal requests 1-2 weeks before the item's due date by emailing We can't guarantee renewals, as each library's policy is different. Be prepared to return items by the due date. We can always request it again from a second library. If you feel your item should be in the Olin Library collection, please contact us and we'll be happy to discuss purchasing it.

Electronic Delivery

Journal articles and book chapters may be emailed to you, depending on the copyright and publisher policy. Otherwise, we will notify you that your printed article is available for pickup in Maggie's office. Full ebooks cannot be ILL'd due to copyright restrictions.

Submit an ILL Request


Checkout Procedures

Books, CDs, & DVDs

Use the self-checkout stations located on the upper and lower levels of the library to check out books, CDs, DVDs and Bluerays. Scan each barcode individually. Return items to the circulation desk, not the shelf.

Tools + Media Equipment

All media equipment should have a barcode and each individual piece has an entry in our library catalog.

Library Tools + Equipment

If you do not see a barcode on an item, please consult a NINJA or librarian before removing the item from the library.

When checking out equipment, please scan each barcode individually. In practice, that means you will checkout a camera body and camera lens, separately. Small items, like lens caps, are not cataloged and therefore do not need to be scanned, however, please be mindful of their whereabouts when using the gear!

Use the self check-in option at the kiosk to check items in, then return them directly to the shelf.

There are some exceptions, like the GoPro Kit, that have one barcode for the entire package. When using the GoPro kit, you are responsible for the entire bag, not just the part you want to use.

Statement on SD Cards The library makes limited numbers of SD cards available for student, faculty and staff use, however, we do not make any guarantee that your data will be preserved after you return your equipment to us. You are solely responsible for the preservation of your data. It is our policy to format (ie. delete) SD cards when they are returned. Please be sure to copy your data to a personal hard drive or other cloud storage option before returning your items.