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Library Borrowing Policies: Borrowing and Renewing Items

Find out how to borrow and renew items and what to do if an item is overdue or lost.

What do I need to take out items?

ESF students, faculty, and staff: ESF ID card

ESF students who want to check out a bike: please refer to the FAQ "How Do I Check Out a Bike?"

SU students, faculty, and staff: SU ID card

Non-ESF/SU users: A courtesy card may be issued at Moon Library upon presentation of an acceptable ID

Loans Periods

Semester Loan

  • Books
  • Theses
  • Environmental Impact Statements (EIS)

Note: Semester loans may be recalled after 3 weeks if needed by another library patron or for course reserve. Recalled items that are not returned are considered overdue and fines are charged. There is no grace period for recalled items.

14 Day Loan

  • Bound periodicals
  • Topographic maps
  • Video tapes
  • DVD collections

In Library Use Only

  • Reserve items
  • 2 Hour Non-reserve items such as calculators, usb drives, colored pencils, etc.
  • Current periodicals
  • Reference books
  • Bibliographic books (indexes and abstracts)

24 Hours

  • Bikes

Renewal Policies

Only semester loan loan materials such as books and theses can be renewed.

Library items may not be renewed more than 5 times online or kept longer than 2 years.

Item  Where to Renew
ESF semester loan item renewed 4 times or fewer Through your library account or at Moon Library
SU item renewed 4 times or fewer Through SU's catalog or at one of the SU Libraries
Any item renewed 5 times or more

In person at the library you borrowed it from

Bikes, DVD's, maps, bound periodicals, reserves Can not be renewed
Interlibrary Loans Online in ILLiad; Check out the ILL guide for more information

Please note: ESF library materials may not be returned or renewed at SU library service desks, and SU library materials may not be returned or renewed at Moon Library's service desk.


How many items can I take out at one time?

Item Limits

  • Short term 14 day loans
    • 5 items
  • Reserve materials
    • 3 items
  • 2 hour non-reserve materials
    • 10 items
  • Bikes
    • 1 bike
  • Semester Loans
    • ESF / SU undergraduate students = 100 items
    • ESF /SU graduate students, faculty, and staff = 250 items
    • Guest borrowers, alumni, etc. = 10 items