Patron Type

Borrowing Period for Books


28 days

Faculty / Staff

180 days

Alumni / Community

28 days

Item Type

Borrowing Period


14 days


See above policy for books

Course Reserves

2 hours / 1 day / 1 week               

Interlibrary Loans

Policies vary by lending library

Journals, magazines, newspapers,
and reference materials



Students enrolled through Distance Learning or Extended Campus courses may use ILLiad to request library materials be sent to their homes.

Students, Faculty, and Staff

Your Library Card is your Fitchburg State One Card. Present it at the Circulation Desk in order to check out any library items, reserve the study room and pick up Interlibrary Loan items.  

Your Library Barcode number is your Banner number with the "@" symbol changed to a zero. Example: If your Banner number is @12345678, your Library Barcode would be 012345678. Your Library Institution ID number is your Banner number without the leading zeros or the 'a' symbol. Example: If your Banner number is @12345678, your Library Institution ID number would be 12345678.

  • No check out limit.

  • Overdue Fees = $15 flat processing fee per item.

  • Lost/Damaged Replacement Fees = $15 processing fee plus the cost of the item.

Community Patrons

Public patrons may apply for a Special ID library card which will enable them to borrow circulating materials from the Gallucci-Cirio Library. Patrons must be 18 years old and present a picture ID showing their address. The Special ID Library Card fee is $15/6 months or $30/1 year. A discounted fee is offered if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • Alumni with an FSU alumni card and Fitchburg residents with proof of Fitchburg address – $10/6 months and $20/1 year

  • Students and Faculty from MA. State Colleges & Universities – No application fee with a valid MA State University I.D. and proof of current semester enrollment at time of application.

  • Faculty or students from a participating Academic Research Collaborative (ARC) library – No application fee with a valid ARC card issued by your home library.


  • A Maximum of 20 items may be checked out on a Special ID account at any time.

  • Overdue Fee = $15 flat fee per item

  • Lost/Damaged Replacement Fees = $15 processing fee plus cost of the item

  • We don't provide interlibrary loan services for Special ID patrons; community users need to go through their public library or home institution for this service.

Payment Methods 

The library accepts payments for fines and fees at the Circulation Desk at any time during our hours of operation. You can pay via your One Card, cash, or check.

On Saturdays, fee processing may be limited to thesis binding and Special ID library cards only. When this occurs payments are via check only.

Patrons can also mail a check to Fitchburg State at the following address:

Library – Circulation Department
Fitchburg State University
160 Pearl Street
Fitchburg, MA 01420

Inquire at the circulation desk for payment plan options.

Fine & Fee Rates 

Overdue Late Charge (except Course Reserves) – Flat $15 processing fee per item once the system applies a "Lost" status to the item 
Overdue Late Charge for Course Reserve Items – $2.00 per day, per item 

Damaged and Lost Fees:

  • Audio CD Collection – Replacement Cost (Default is $20 per single CD if no longer available)

  • Children's Literature – Replacement Cost (Default is $20 if not in print)

  • DVD/Video Collection – Replacement Cost (Default is $20 if not in print)

  • General and Center for Italian Culture Collections – Replacement Cost (Default is $40 if not in print)

  • Over Sized Collection – Replacement Cost (Default is $40 if not in print)

  • Young Adult Literature – Replacement Cost (Default is $20 if not in print)

Other Fees:

  • Processing Fee – $15 Processing Fee will be added for each Damaged and Lost Fee assessed

  • Bad Check Fee – $30