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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.