Patron Type

Borrowing Period for Books/Renewals


28 days/4 renewals

Faculty / Staff

180 days/4 renewals

Alumni / Community

28 days/ 1 renewal

Item Type

Borrowing Period


14 days


See above policy for books

Course Reserves

2 hours / 1 day / 1 week               

Interlibrary Loan

Policies vary by lending library

Journals, magazines, newspapers,
and reference materials


Students enrolled through Online 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 a 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 @ symbol. Example: If your Banner number is @12345678, your Library Institution ID number would be 12345678.

There is no check out limit.

Community Patrons

Public patrons may apply for a Special ID library card which will enable them to borrow circulating materials from the 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 and $30/1 year. No application fee is required if you meet one of the following criteria::

  • Alumni with an FSU alumni card  

  • Fitchburg residents with proof of Fitchburg address

  • Students and Faculty from MA. State Colleges & Universities – you must present a valid MA State College/University I.D. and proof of current semester enrollment at time of application.

  • Faculty or students from a participating Academic Research Collaborative (ARC) library – you must present a valid ARC card issued by your home library.


  • A maximum of 10 items may be checked out on a Special ID account at any time.

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

Fine Rates 

Overdue Late Charge for Course Reserve Items – $5.00 per day, per item 

Damaged and Lost Fees:

  • Media Collections (CDs & DVDs)  – Replacement Cost (Default is $20 per item if no longer available)

  • Children's /Young Adult Literature – Replacement Cost (Default is $20 per item if not in print)

  • General Book Collections – Replacement Cost (Default is $40 per item if not in print)

Other Fees:

  • Bad Check Fee – $30

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.

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.