Library Policies


The library is open to students, faculty, staff, and members of the monastic community. No physical card is needed for borrowing privileges.

Materials are loaned to students for 3 weeks. Materials are loaned to faculty, staff, and monastic community members for the length of the current term. There is no limit to the number of loans; however, if the material is requested by another patron, the current item borrower may be notified that there is a hold.

Any item can be renewed if there is no hold on it. Multiple renewals are allowed.

The library is not open to the public for use of its facilities or equipment.


Overdue notices are printed weekly and put in school mailboxes.

Any item that is not returned after 3 overdue notices will be considered “LOST.” The parent or guardian of the student responsible for the item will be notified as a final notice. If the item is still not returned, it will be billed to the patron’s student account according to the current replacement value of the item.


Research assistance is offered to students, faculty, and staff, and requests can be made through the Library Director.


Portsmouth Abbey School complies with the LORI Interlibrary Loan Code. Communication regarding Interlibrary Loans can be made at

The library is not open from from the last day of spring term to the first day of the following fall term. No loaning takes place during the summer, and all items must be returned before the close of school.

Patron information and borrowing history is considered confidential.

Request by Portsmouth Abbey Library to Outside Lenders

Faculty and students may request a Portsmouth Abbey Library “ILL request form” from the Library Director to initiate an electronic request to borrow an item from an appropriate LORI library.

Request to Portsmouth Abbey Library from Others for Items

Circulating materials may be loaned to persons outside the “community” of students, faculty, and staff with a loan to a public library card holder’s home library (for in-state loans). Out-of-state loans to colleges or individuals can be made directly through the Library Director.

Loan Periods for In-State and Out-of-State Borrowers

Books: 3 weeks with 2 renewals possible if there are no holds, at the Library Director’s discretion.

DVDs , CDs: 3 weeks with no renewals possible, at the Library Director’s discretion.

ILL patrons are responsible for all late fees and replacement costs if an item is lost or damaged. The patron will be billed according to the current replacement cost of a lost item as determined by the Library Director.

The following items do not circulate through Interlibrary Loan: Monastery Library items (indicated in the catalog with the call # designation ooo), reference items, multi-volume sets, desk copy items, items purchased in the past nine months, and items in high demand.

Portsmouth Abbey School Library has the discretion to decide on an individual basis whether a specific item can be provided for Interlibrary Loan.