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Question #90871 posted on 01/22/2018 12:20 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I will be graduating soon and then moving across the country for work literally the day of the ceremonies. Along with graduation comes nightmares. (Stay with me.) One of these nightmares involves having books checked out after graduating. In the dream, these policemen (who looked like cowboys out of some Western film) came and threw me in prison.

So, 100 Hour Board, calm my fears. What would happen if I did graduate with books checked out? Will the BYU Police really send Special Agent Cowboys to come capture me?

Thanks in advance,

-The Book Thief

A:

Dear Liesel,

I'm gonna level with you here: I really, really want to know if Special Agent Cowboys are a thing, and the only way I can see us finding out if they are a thing is if you go ahead and try to graduate with those books checked out. I mean, I'd try to do it myself, but I haven't had the dream and so I don't think it would work.

So...take one for the team, please?

-Frère Rubik

P.S. If Special Agent Cowboys are a thing, they're likely under Library Security, not BYU police.

P.P.S. A friend who works at the library says that having overdue library materials could potentially lead to a hold on your account that prevents you from graduating. They didn't say anything about Special Agent Cowboys, but I bet they were just trying to maintain the secrecy of that highly covert task force.

posted on 01/25/2018 11:07 a.m.
Not exactly the same thing, but when I was close to graduating I had some substantial fines to pay because of overdue books. They called me and said that I'd have to close out my account before they officially awarded my degree. This was a long time ago, but I imagine that it's the same now.

-The Man with a Mustache
posted on 01/25/2018 11:07 a.m.
When I graduated, I moved the same day and didn't have time to return a library book. So I mailed it back to the library, as far as I can tell there weren't any problems.

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