Checkout Services

Checkout Services Overview

We are excited to be reopening the campus library spaces in the Fall 2021 term! Students and faculty who are cleared to be on campus can come into the library and check out needed items.  Items available include treatment tables, various anatomy models, wheelchairs, crutches, walkers, webcams, goniometers, and more. To see all of the items available, search or browse in the online Library Catalog.
You no longer need reservations or appointments to check out library items. Simply come into the library to see what's available and check items out.
Item Loan Periods*

*Renewals are unlimited for all items unless there is a waiting list

Equipment
10 Days
Bone Models
10 Days
CDs/DVD Videos/Flash Cards
10 Days
Reserve Textbooks
2 hours (on campus only)
Circulating Books
60 Days
Renewals
Sanitizing
  • Items are sanitized according to strict cleaning protocols.
  • You can sanitize equipment and models on your own before use, but please avoid sanitizing books as it may damage them.
End of Term
Reserve Textbooks
  • All library items are due back by the end of the academic term (December 17 for Fall 2021); renewals will not be permitted beyond that date.
  • Students with special circumstances that prevent them from returning items by the end of the term, please contact library@usa.edu to discuss options.
  • It is especially critical for students who will be on internship/fieldwork during the Spring 2022 term to return library materials to campus before they leave, or by December 17, whichever comes first.
  • Each campus library keeps one copy of each textbook required for courses in entry level programs, when possible.
  • Reserve Textbooks are shared resources; they can be checked out for 2 hours at a time, and used on campus only.
  • Consider Reserve Textbooks as a backup, not a replacement, for having your own copy of your required textbooks.
  • Because it is not possible to sanitize Reserve Textbooks, or practical to quarantine them, individuals checking out required textbooks will need to either
    • Use hand sanitizer before library staff hand you the book, or
    • Wear protective gloves (provided by the library) the entire time you are using the book.
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Frequently Asked Questions
General Process

Q. How do I check out library items?

A: If you are eligible to be on campus, simply visit your campus library. Many items, like Anatomy Models and Circulating Books, are out and displayed in the library. Simply grab what you need, approach the library counter, and a library staff member will check them out to you in our digital system, based on your name and the barcode number assigned to the items you are checking out. Most equipment items are not on display, so ask the library staff member at the counter for assistance.

Q: How do I return library items?
A: 
If you are eligible to be on campus, simply bring the items you want to return to the campus library. A library staff member will take them from you and check them in using our digital system, based on the unique barcode numbers assigned to the items you are returning.

Q: Do I need an appointment to check out or return library materials?
A:
 Nope. Reservations and appointments were a system we were using from Fall 2020 through Summer 2021 due to the limited access students had to campus. Now that eligible students can come to campus as needed, and library spaces have reopened, there is no longer a need for reservations or appointments to check out or return library items.

Q: Is there a limit on how many items I can check out?
A: 
No, there is no limit to how many library items you can have checked out at one time. Some items, such as treatment tables, wheelchairs, and other larger equipment, are limited to one per person.

Reservations / Waiting Lists

Q: Do I need to reserve items ahead of time to check them out from the library?
A:
 Nope. All items are first come-first served. Reservations and appointments were a system we were using from Fall 2020 through Summer 2021 due to the limited access students had to campus. Now that eligible students can come to campus as needed, and library spaces have reopened, there is no longer a need for reservations or appointments to check out or return library items.

Q: I still see a reservation button similar to the one I used previously in the Library Catalog. Do you still accept reservations?
A:
Only when all copies of a specific item on your campus are already checked out. This creates a waiting list so that you can be notified when copies are returned. If you are on the waiting list, you will receive an email when we have a copy of the item available for you, and we will hold that copy for you for 2 days. You can pick it up in the library anytime it is open during those 2 days.

Loan Periods and Renewals (Extensions)

Q: Can I keep library items longer than 10 days?
A: 
Yes. We offer unlimited renewals, unless there is a waiting list for the item. Items should be returned by the end of the term, but other than that, you can keep renewing until or unless a waiting list develops.

Q: How do I renew (i.e., ask to extend the due date) the library items I have checked out?
A: 
You can renew in your online Library Catalog account. From the Library Catalog, click on My USA Library, and then Loans. You can also emai library@usa.edu, even just replying to the date due reminder email you receive. A library staff member will respond to confirm the new due date for your items, or let you know if it can’t be renewed due to a waiting list.

Q: How do I know when my library items are due?
A: 
The best thing to do is check in your online Library Catalog account. From the Library Catalog, click on My USA Library, and then Loans. This will give you a list of what you have checked out and when each item is due. You can also renew items on this page. You will also receive due date reminder emails starting two days before your items are due.

Q: When do I need to return the items I checked out?
A: 
You should always return or renew items you have checked out by their assigned due date. Remember that renewals are unlimited, unless there is a waiting list for a particular item. All library items are due back by the end of each academic term, and so no due dates will be extended or renewed beyond that date unless you make arrangements directly with your campus library staff due to special circumstances.
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