The Mastodon card serves as the official school ID for Purdue University Fort Wayne students, faculty, and staff. It also serves as a library borrower's card. The card may be picked up at the Walb Union Campus Credentials and Transportation office, telephone 260-481-6611.
Indiana residents who are not part of the Purdue University Fort Wayne or the Indiana University Fort Wayne community are eligible for a special library borrower's card. For more information, see the Visitor Information section below.
Circulation records are confidential. General Collection items are due in 16 weeks for faculty, staff, and current students. Indiana residents have different borrowing periods listed at the bottom of the page.
Loan periods for items are:
Indiana residents are limited to ten items
You will be responsible for paying any fines or fees for late return or non-return of library materials checked out to you. An overdue notice will be sent one day after the due date. Failure to return or renew materials on time will result in the assessment of overdue fines plus the replacement cost for each item. If you think the library has made an error or if you have a special situation that you believe warrants elimination or reduction of fines or fees owed, you may file an appeal using the link below.
At 1 day overdue, the patron may be blocked. At 14 days overdue, the patron will be charged replacement cost.
At 1 hour after time due, the patron may be blocked and assessed a $5 per hour fine. At 48 hours after time due, the library can determine that it is necessary to order a replacement copy. The replacement cost and overdue fine will be assessed when the replacement copy is ordered. The replacement cost for the ordered item is not refundable. The maximum cost per item is replacement cost plus $120.
At 1 day overdue, the patron may be blocked and assessed a $10 per day fine. At 7 days overdue, the patron will be charged replacement cost plus the accrued overdue fine. The maximum cost per item is replacement cost plus $70.
At 1 day overdue, the patron may be blocked and assessed a $15 per day fine. At 7 days overdue, the patron will be charged replacement cost plus the accrued overdue fine. The maximum cost per item is replacement cost plus $150.
Certain equipment loans including laptops have special policies regarding use. Please see below.
Obtain your library guest card at the Campus Credentials and Transportation desk in the Walb Student Union. If the Credentials desk is closed, the Service Desk on the first floor of the library can issue a temporary card. Cards are valid for one year and may be renewed upon request by borrowers in good standing.
Types of guest borrower cards include:
Faculty, staff, and students from other Purdue campuses are eligible to check out most books in the general circulating collection.
Other guests are eligible to check out most books in the general circulating collection, and they are limited to checking out ten items.
Information on renewal of materials and returning items is available above.
By filling out the Request for Proxy Services form, a patron authorizes another patron to check out items on their account and accepts responsibility for those items. Proxies are used mainly for the convenience of faculty members so that graduate students or other assistants can pick up items from the library using their own Purdue Fort Wayne ID to charge it to the faculty member's account. Confirmation of the faculty member's approval will be required. Other requests for proxy access must be approved by the Library Management Team on an individual basis.