Borrowing Materials

Items for loan are available to current students, faculty, and staff of the University of Delaware. Del Tech and DelState cardholders may borrow in-house use materials, but are required to supply supporting photo identification. All IDs must be currently valid in the Library’s borrower database. Other borrower groups, including but not limited to Osher Academy of Lifelong Learning, spouses, and public borrowers, have limited or no access to materials and services of the Center. The individual associated with the ID or library card is solely responsible for all materials borrowed on his or her card and is liable for overdue fines and charges for lost and damaged materials. ID cards and library cards are non-transferable.

Loan Periods

Equipment Kits 3 days or 4 hours In Library Use


Equipment Kits may not be renewed. The kit will need to be returned after the 3 days and will not be able to be checked out by the same user/group until 24 hours from the check-in time. An exception to this is hard drives. Hard drives may be returned and checked out again twice for a total loan period of 9 days.


Equipment is checked out on a first-come, first-served basis. Some equipment is for Library Use Only to try to ensure that there will be something available for use. There is a loan limit of three days to try to ensure that cameras will be available for others to check out.

Kit Pieces and Batteries

During the check-in and check-out process, all kit pieces will be accounted for. If a kit component is not returned with the kit, the check-in process will be stopped and the user will be asked to take back the kit while he/she searches for the missing piece(s).  Normal late fees will still apply in such cases.  In the event the missing part is not found or the user knows that the part is lost, a replacement charge and associated processing fee will be added to any accrued fines.

Rechargeable batteries are provided as a courtesy to users. All batteries provided with kits need to be returned. If anticipating moderate to heavy use of the kit, we suggest asking for an extra set of batteries or charger for kits that have these as optional items.

Overdue Equipment

Borrowers are individually responsible for keeping track of due dates and for returning or renewing equipment in person at the SMDC service desk by the date due. Overdue fines will not be waived on the basis of a failure to receive an overdue notice.

If equipment is not returned to the Student Multimedia Design Center before the due date/time, an overdue fine of 15 dollars per day, 1 dollar per day for cables, 1 dollar an hour for In-Library-Use Only items, and 15 dollars an hour for laptop loans, to a maximum of 165 dollars is charged. A user will also be blocked from borrowing additional Library materials if something is overdue.

Lost Equipment

If the equipment is not returned fifteenth day after the due date, the item will be declared Lost and the borrower is charged a replacement fee and an invoice processing fee in addition to the overdue fine. If an item is declared Lost, Student Multimedia Design Center staff will make efforts to contact the borrower. If after 30 days the item is still not found and returned, the replacement item will be purchased. Consequently, the borrower will not be credited the replacement fee if the item declared Lost is returned after the 30 days. If a billed item is returned undamaged within 30 days, the replacement fee is waived. Processing fees are not waived, since the Library has already incurred the cost of processing.

Damaged Equipment

Users will be billed for damages to equipment, unless such damages are deemed normal ‘wear and tear’ by staff. If equipment cannot be repaired, the user will be billed the cost of replacement.

Fees and Fines

Fees are payable at Room 116, Student Services Building, 30 Lovett Avenue. No fine money is collected at the Student Multimedia Design Center desk. Fees and fines are assessed consistently and are not waived. Equipment is to be returned to the Student Multimedia Design Center only; do not return to the Library book drop.

Student Multimedia Design Center Material Kit Replacement Costs
Replacement Fee Depends on item
Non-refundable Invoice Processing Fee $10.00
Non-Refundable Overdue Fine $165.00
Total Minimum Replacement Charge $175.00

If you have any questions concerning your library account specifically related to the Student Multimedia Design Center, please call 302-831-8832.