Borrowing and Renewals

In response to Covid-19, we have implemented procedures to limit the spread of disease. The Library Media Collection space is closed, but items are still available on request. See library.usu.edu/covid-19 for more information.

What would you like to do?

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, Alumni 3 weeks 10 books

Items Available for Checkout

Some items are currently unavailable for checkout. Item availability may be limited or delayed to allow for sanitization and quarantine. See library.usu.edu/covid-19 for more information.

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 and 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 and Media Desk
CDs, DVDs, and other media 5 days Course Reserves and Media Desk
Theatrical scripts and music scores 5 days Course Reserves and Media Desk
Item Checkout Duration Status Where can I check out?
Webcams
Quantity: 4
24 hours Available Circulation Desk
iPads
Quantity: 4
5 days Available Circulation Desk
PC and Mac laptops
Quantity: 9
3 hours Available Circulation Desk
Graphing calculators
Quantity: 5
3 hours Available Circulation Desk
External DVD/BluRay players
Quantity: 2
 3 hours Available  Circulation Desk
Ergonomic keyboards
Quantity: 2
3 hours Available Circulation Desk
Headphones
Quantity: 3
3 hours Alert icon Not available Course Reserves and Media Desk,
Circulation Desk
Virtual Reality headset/controllers 3 hours Alert icon Not available Circulation Desk
You will be notified of overdue items via email. There is no grace period for overdue items.

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
  • Colored pencils
  • Anatomical models

Note: To use anatomical models, reserve rooms 158A, B, or C using scheduling.usu.edu.

FAQs

Overdue Fine Type Amount
Standard Items $0.25 per day
Recalled Items $1.00 per day
iPads $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

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.

Recalls

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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