Borrow & Renew FAQ

The Cal Poly Humboldt Library loans a wide variety of materials to our patrons, including books, journals, theses, government documents, and 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 (707) 826-3431.

What do I need to check out an item?
A currently valid Cal Poly Humboldt ID, or a Cal Poly Humboldt Library Community Borrower's Card must be presented at the checkout to borrow items from the Library.

Who is eligible to borrow items from the Library?
All current Cal Poly Humboldt students, staff and faculty have borrowing privileges, as well as current members of the Cal Poly Humboldt 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 Cal Poly Humboldt ID or Borrower's Card may use it.

How long can I keep items I have borrowed?
The default loan period for books is 16 weeks for most borrowers (one year for graduate students and faculty). Loan periods for journals, government documents, and multimedia items are limited. Print Reserve materials usually circulate for four 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? How can I renew an item?
View your library account to see what you have checked out and to renew items (where possible). Laptops and Chromebooks must be returned to the front Checkout desk. To request a Laptop or Chromebook renewal, visit the front Checkout desk, email, or call us at (707) 826-3431.

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 (more information). 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 (more information). 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 (more information on Loan Periods).

Where can I return Library materials?
Library materials can be dropped in the return slots at the front desk or near the front library entrance, or in the outside book drop located at the library circle. Interlibrary Loan, Reserve items, and Equipment must be returned to the front Checkout desk.

What if I have lost a library book?
If you have lost a library book, contact Circulation staff in person, by phone at (707) 826-3431 or by email at, to learn 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 contact the library at