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Returning and Renewing items during COVID-19

Returning items to the duPont-Ball Library during COVID-19 changes.

Renew Items

When courses moved online in March 2020 and many students left campus, the duPont-Ball Library made changes to its lending policies. The library has been more flexible with the number of renewals students can request and understands that some students may need to keep materials beyond regular loan periods.  

How to Renew

You may also request a renewal via email to

Return Items

Returning items to the library

Interlibrary Loan
Interlibrary loan (ILL) materials can be returned to the library. When the library is closed, use the book drop on the library’s front porch. If you are unable to return these items, contact to make other arrangements.


Please do not return equipment in exterior book drop. Bring all equipment -- laptops, cameras, tablets, microphones, webcams, etc -- into the building to return them. If you are unable to return a piece of equipment during the library's open hours, contact to make other arrangements.

bookdrop in usebookdrop on porchOn Campus

Books, journals, magazines, and musical scores may be returned in the book drop on the library’s front porch.  Items deposited in the drop will usually be checked in within 24 hours. Delays may occur based on library hours.

Off Campus 

Books, journals, magazines, and musical scores can be shipped back through the mail. Media Mail, through the U.S. Postal Service is a cost-effective way to ship these items back to the library. Please pack items securely with adequate packing material to keep the contents from shifting. Single or smaller items may be returned in a padded envelope.

Our mailing address is:

Circulation Department, Unit 8418
421 N. Woodland Blvd.
DeLand, FL 32723

stack of booksBy using the Media Mail Service by the USPS, educational items may be shipped back to the University at a relatively low cost. The service does take a bit more time to reach its destination, but with tracking you will be able to ensure that these items are on their way and reach the library. The service is available for shipping educational and research items. 

Media Mail shipping rates are significantly lower than other mailing options through USPS. A stack of 8 books weighs about 11 lbs. The cost for Media Mail Services is $8.14 shipped to/from Miami, Florida, central Alabama or San Diego, California.

Fines and Fees

Fines and Fees
As always, the library does not charge overdue fines for borrowed items kept after the due date but does bill for the replacement cost of items that are long overdue. Typically, long overdue items are no longer eligible for renewal and must be returned immediately.  We understand that with the rapid transition to online classes, you may have forgotten to renew or return your items. If you have already been issued a bill for a long overdue item, contact for assistance in clearing the bill and making arrangements for its return at a later date. 

We are happy to work with all members of the duPont-Ball Library and Stetson community; we ask that you reach out to us or reply to our inquiries.  We are happy that we can support your academic needs during this time and we will continue to ensure that resources are available for future use.

Have a question? Ask a librarian! Email Call or text 386-747-9028.