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Borrowing and Renewals

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Standard Checkout Policies

The following policies apply to books in the general circulating collection. 

User Type Checkout Duration How many books can I checkout?
Faculty, Staff,
Emeritus Professors
16 weeks 100 books
Graduate Students 16 weeks 100 books
Undergraduate Students 3 weeks 35 books
Public Cardholders,
3 weeks 10 books

Items Available for Checkout

The following sections provide item-specific checkout policies and information.

Item Checkout Duration Where can I check out?
General Books See Standard Policies Circulation Desk,
Self-Checkout Stations
Course Reserves items 3 hours Course Reserves & Media Desk
Reference books 5 days Circulation Desk,
Self-Checkout Stations
Bound journals 2 days Circulation Desk,
Self-Checkout Stations
Vet med books 2 days Course Reserves & Media Desk
CDs, DVDs, and other media  5 days Course Reserves & Media Desk
Theatrical scripts and music scores 5 days Course Reserves & Media Desk
Item Checkout Duration Where can I check out?
iPads 5 days Circulation Desk
PC and Mac laptops 3 hours Circulation Desk
External DVD/BluRay players 3 hours Circulation Desk
Graphing calculators 3 hours Circulation Desk
Headphones 3 hours Course Reserves & Media Desk,
Circulation Desk
Ergonomic Keyboards 3 hours Circulation Desk

The following items can be checked out for 3 hours from the Circulation Desk:

  • Lightning to Digital AV Adapter
  • Lightning to VGA Adapter
  • Mac laptop chargers
  • iPhone chargers (Lightning and 30-Pin)
  • USB mini and USB micro cables
  • HDMI cables

The following items can be checked out for 3 hours from the Circulation Desk:

  • Whiteboards
  • Whiteboard markers and erasers
  • Portable digital whiteboards
  • Anatomical skeleton model


Overdue Fines

Standard Items
$0.25 per day
Recalled Items
$1.00 per day
$25.00 after the first day overdue; patron is then billed for replacement costs after five days overdue
Reference books, Interlibrary Loan items, Music CDs, CD-ROMs, and DVDs
$1.00 per day
Three-Hour checkout items
$6.00 for first hour; $1.00 per additional hour

You will be notified of overdue items via email. There is no grace period for overdue items.

General Books

General circulating books can be renewed up to 2 times unless a hold has been placed by another patron.

Course Reserves and Media

Media and Course Reserves items can be renewed multiple times if another patron isn't waiting to use the item(s).

Technology and Equipment

Devices, chargers and cables, and other technology and equipment cannot be renewed.

All materials are subject to holds and recalls. You will be notified of holds and recalls via email.


Holds will reserve an item for you as soon as the item is returned. Holds can be placed on items by viewing them in the catalog or from the homepage quick search.


A recall will reset the due date for the item to 1 week from the date the recall was placed. Items are eligible for recall 2 weeks after they have been originally checked out. Fines for late recall items increase from 25¢ per day to $1 per day. Recalls can only be placed by staff at the Circulation Desk.

General Public Library Cards

If you aren't affiliated with USU, you can purchase a General Public Library Card for $25.00. This card is valid for one year and allows you to check out up to 10 books for 3 weeks.

Alumni and Spouse Cards

If you are a USU alumnus or spouse of a USU staff member or alumnus, you can also check out materials for no cost by first obtaining the proper ID card from the USU Welcome Center. Spouses can obtain an ID card from the USU Card Office.

If we don't have the title you need, you can request books from other libraries using interlibrary loan or by checking them out from other partner libraries in Utah.

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Circulation Desk

First Floor, Atrium North West
(435) 797-2601

Course Reserves & Media Desk

First Floor South West, Room 158
(435) 797-2658

Service desks close 15 minutes before the Library