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Ripon College students, faculty, administrators, and staff can use their campus ID to borrow library materials. Community members can borrow library materials by signing up for a Lane Library Community Card.

Loan Period

Group Books DVDs & Videos
Students Due on the last day of classes for the current semester. 14 days
Faculty & Staff Due early August. 14 days
Community Cardholders 45 days 14 days

Overdue Items

Items are stamped with a due date at checkout. Due dates can also be found by logging into your library account. We do not charge overdue fines for items in our general collection. However, items that are returned more than 7 days late will result in replacement charges for the item(s) and a $10 processing fee on your student account. Overdue charges affect students standing with the Registrar’s Office.

Our reserve and equipment collections are intended to be accessible to as many students as possible and are heavily used, so it is important that these items are returned on time. Late items from these collections will accrue overdue fines at a rate of $1/hour for hourly loans and $5/day for daily loans. Items from these collections that are more than 7 days late will be considered lost and will result in replacement charges for the item(s), the accrued overdue fines, and a $10 processing fee being placed on your student account.

Any items checked out in your name become your sole responsibility. If you make the choice to loan them to others, those items are still your responsibility. You will be billed for any fees, fines, and/or replacement cost per item, should they not be returned. We do not, under any circumstances, transfer charges from one patron to another.


Students: all books must be returned before leaving campus for break unless there is an ongoing project that they are needed for. Please speak with Peter Conlon ([email protected]) if you need to keep an item over break. Students may renew DVDs once. Reserves are not eligible for renewal.

Professors: all books may be renewed once. After this, the item must be physically checked back in before being lent again. DVDs may be renewed three times.

There are no renewals on items with a hold on them.

To renew an item:

  • Online: Log into your library account in the catalog and go to the tab “Your summary.” Check the“Renew” box next to each item you want to renew and click “Renew selected.”
  • In person at the circulation desk
  • By phone to the circulation desk: (920) 748-8175 (or x175 on campus)
  • By email to [email protected]


If you would like an item set aside for you, you can place a hold on it through the catalog or ask at the front desk. It will be pulled from the shelves and brought to the circulation desk for pickup, usually within a day. You will be notified by email when it is ready. 

If you need it quickly, contact Peter Conlon ([email protected]) and request that an item be recalled. It is possible to recall an item from another patron after they have had it for two weeks.

One week after notification of a recall, a recall fine of $5.00 per day per item begins to accrue. No patron is exempt from recall fines. Items recalled to be put on the reserve shelf must be brought in within a day of being notified. 


Books and articles put on reserve by the faculty for student use are available at the circulation desk. A student should know the course number and item title to facilitate requests. Most materials are available for two-hour, in-library use only.

The course reserves page lists all classes with books on reserve and is updated each semester. Faculty can find more information on placing items on reserve on the faculty resources page.