Borrowing from the SMFA Library

SMFA Library Hours

By appointment only

SMFA Library Loan Periods

Borrower Category SMFA Book Loan Period  SMFA DVD Loan Period
Undergraduate Students 28 days 14 days
Graduate Students 90 days 14 days
Faculty 6 months 14 days
Staff 6 months 14 days
SMFA Alumni 28 days 14 days
Museum of Fine Arts Staff 28 days 14 days
Mass Art Patrons 28 days 14 days
Sponsored Visitors 2 months 14 days
BLC Users 1 month 4 hours in house


  • Undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, staff, and sponsored visitors may renew books up to 5 times and renew DVDs one time.
  • SMFA Alumni, Museum of Fine Arts staff, and Mass Art patrons may renew materials 1 time.
  • Boston Library Consortium (BLC) Users are not eligible for renewals. 

For instructions on how to renew items and other renewal information, see the Tisch Library's Renewals & Recalls page.

Overdue fines

Library fines are charged for overdue reserve materials, overdue equipment, and items that have been recalled by another patron, as well as for lost items.

For more information, including directions for paying fines, see the Tisch Library's Fines and Fees page.

Course Reserves

Faculty often place items on reserve at the SMFA Library, for courses taught on the SMFA campus. Depending on instructor preference course reserve loan periods may be 4 hours, in-library use only or overnight for 1, 3, or 7 days. 

To find reserve items for your courses, see the Tisch Library's Course Reserves page. 

Interlibrary Loan

If you can't find what you need at the SMFA Library or the Tisch Library, there are options to explore via Interlibrary Loan

More Information

For information about accessing materials from the Tisch Library or the Lilly Music Library, explore the Borrow, Renew, or Request page.