Borrow & Renew

The Humboldt State University Library loans a wide variety of materials to our patrons, including books, journals, theses, government documents, and several formats of multimedia.  Below are the answers to some common questions, with links to more detailed information on our services and borrowing policies.  Still have questions?  Contact us at 826-3431.

Circulation FAQ

What do I need to check out an item?
A currently valid HSU ID, or an HSU Library Community Borrower's Card must be presented at the Checkout Desk to borrow items from the Library.

Who is eligible to borrow items from the Library?
All current HSU students, staff and faculty have borrowing privileges, as well as current members of the HSU Alumni Association. Borrowing privileges are available for a fee to local community members.

Can my friend check out items for me?
No, only the pictured owner of the HSU ID or Borrower's Card may use it.

How long can I keep items I have borrowed?
The default loan period for books is 3 weeks for most borrowers (one semester for graduate students; an academic year for faculty). Journals, government documents and multimedia items check out for periods between one day and three weeks. Print Reserve materials usually circulate for two hours. Books and Reserve materials are usually renewable; other formats and materials are not.

How can I check on what items are currently checked out to me?
Use the My Account or Renew a Book links to log in, check your account and request renewals on eligible items.

What can I do if something I need is checked out?
From the library catalog, a recall may be initiated by clicking on "Request Item" when viewing an item record. The current borrower will be notified and renewals blocked. When the item is returned it will be held for you to pick up.

The Library catalog says an item is not checked out, but it is not on the shelf - what can I do?
From the library catalog, a search/hold may be initiated by clicking on "Request Item" when viewing an item record. When the item is found it will be held for you to pick up.

How many items may I check out at a time?
There is currently no limit on print materials, but only 3 CDs and 3 Videos may be checked out at once.

How can I renew an item?
Items can be renewed online (by clicking on the Renew a Book link), over the phone by calling 826-3431 and having your HSU ID card available, or in person at the checkout desk with your HSU ID card.

Where can I return Library materials?
Library Materials can be returned to the outside book drop located at the end of the library circle, to the drop slot near the front library entrance, or to the drop slots in the hallway next to the checkout desk on the first floor in the library. Interlibrary Loan items must be returned to the front checkout desk, and Reserve items must be returned to the Reserve drop slot at the end of checkout desk closest to the Library Cafe.

What if I have lost a library book?
If you have lost a library book, contact Circulation staff in person or by phone at 826-3431, about the different options for replacement.

Why do I keep getting overdue notices for an item I remember returning?
It is possible that you returned your item on the same day that the overdue notice was sent out. If you have any questions please come in and ask to speak with Circulation staff who will be happy to help you.