Education Resource Center Policies

General Collection

The materials in the Education Resource Center are available to current University of Delaware faculty, staff and students with a valid University of Delaware ID card.

  • Patrons are responsible for all items borrowed on their account and are liable for all fines and charges to the account.
  • Patrons are responsible for keeping track of all due dates and returning or renewing materials by the due date.
  • In order to allow equal access of materials to all patrons, items must be returned and re-shelved after the maximum renewal before the original user can borrow them again.
  • Loan period for the general collection is 21 days, not including Sundays, holidays and other ERC closures, with a maximum of 2 renewals.
  • No item will be checked out to patrons with delinquent fines totaling $5.00 or more or with overdue loans on their accounts.

ERC Classroom Equipment

Circulation of this equipment is restricted to UD patrons only.

  • iPads may be checked out for a period of 3 days with no renewals for students.
  • Laptops may be checked out for a 4-hour period in person and must be returned by the end of the day. There are no overnight or weekend loans and no renewals.
  • Students may borrow only 1 type of equipment per category. (Ex. 1 laptop or 1 iPad).
  • Equipment must be returned at the end of the loan period. The same type of equipment may not be checked out by the same user for 24 hours from the check-in time.
  • Equipment kits are be due back to the ERC 7 days before the last day of each semester.
  • Borrowing privileges may be revoked if equipment is lost, returned damaged or software applications on laptops, iPads and Swivl’s are altered or removed.
  •  A user will also be blocked from borrowing additional ERC materials if something is overdue.

*Please note that all equipment and test kits are be due back to the ERC 7 days before the last day of each semester.*

Test Kits and Reserves

  • ERC test kits are restricted to current UD faculty and students.
  • Test kits have a loan period of 3 days with no renewals. Please see the ERC Test Kit Policies for details.
  • Test kits are be due back to the ERC 7 days before the last day of each semester.
  • Reserve items have loan periods of 2 hours, 1 day, 2 days or 1 week depending on the faculty request with a maximum of 2 renewals.

* Please note there are no refunds on purchased protocols.

Fines and other charges

Fines are charged to encourage the prompt return of materials and allow equal access to patrons. Fines are computed from the day the material is due until the day it is returned or renewed. Fines for lost or damaged materials will be based on the replacement cost of the item. Fines may be paid at the ERC Circulation Desk with FLEX, cash or by check made payable to the University of Delaware. It is not the policy of the ERC to waive fines.

  • $15/day – Laptops, Swivl’s, Expand Case
  • $10/day – iPads
  • $5/day – Camcorders, Speaker/amplifier
  • $2/day – Other equipment

Non-UD Patrons – Community Patrons

Non-University of Delaware patrons (patrons without a valid UD ID) may use the ERC general collection materials within the ERC without paying the patron fee. Community patrons who want to borrow general collection materials and assistive technology, must purchase a Community Patron card.

  • Community patron fee (valid for one year from date of purchase)
    • Delaware Resident – $25
    • Non-Delaware Resident – $60
  • Patrons must present a photo ID to purchase and checkout with a Community Patron card.
  • The Community Patron card is non-transferable, and borrowing rights will be voided if the card is used by someone other than the registered patron or if borrowing privileges are abused (i.e., excessive overdue fines, etc.)
  • Non-UD patrons may not borrow tests, reserve materials or items in the ERC classroom equipment (i.e., laptops and technology equipment).
  • Patrons will be fined 50 cents a day for overdue items, and will be charged full replacement and processing fees for items not returned within 30 days.
  • No item will be checked out to patrons with delinquent fines totaling $5.00 or more or with overdue loans on their accounts.
  • Delaware State and Delaware Technical & Community College students and faculty may receive a Community Patron card at no cost.  A valid student ID and photo ID is required.
  • Wilmington University students are required to pay the $25 patron fee.