Borrow Materials - Library Guests

Who Can Apply?

You can apply for a courtesy card to borrow materials from the Kathryn A. Martin Library and to request materials from other University of Minnesota campus libraries if you are an adult resident of the Duluth regional area, a student or instructor at an area college, a summer visitor renting a campus residence, or a high school student authorized to check out materials on your parent's library account. Please present a government-issued or school photo ID at the Circulation desk and complete an application form.

Adult Residents of the Duluth Area

Library guests applying for courtesy borrowing privileges must live within 100 miles of campus as a long-term resident.

If your photo ID does not show your current address, we will ask you to present a bill addressed to you at your current address. We will ask you to share your email address so that we can send you reminders about due dates, recalls, or fines owed.

Students and Faculty from Area Colleges

We extend courtesy loans to students and instructors from other Duluth area colleges. We will ask you to present a student or faculty photo ID from your college or university when you apply for a courtesy card.

High School Students

High school students may borrow through their parent or legal guardian's account as a proxy if the parent agrees to act as the student's sponsor. The student must be at least 14 years of age, must present a photo ID at the time of registration and prior to each loan, and must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to sign the proxy agreement. The parent must be registered to use the library and must agree to be responsible for any items borrowed by the student. This includes the return of materials, the payment of overdue fines, and the payment of potential replacement fees and processing fees associated with unreturned or damaged items.

Summer Visitors to UMD

Summer visitors to UMD who are temporarily staying in UMD campus residences may apply for a courtesy card at the library during their stay. You will need to show an apartment key or summer program name badge along with your photo ID at the time of registration.

Please Return Materials on Time

Overdue materials and outstanding fines will cause your borrowing privileges to become blocked. If this happens, return overdue materials and pay your fines at the Circulation desk.

If you keep a book or journal more than 30 days beyond its due date, you will be billed for a lost item. Fees incurred with a lost item include an overdue fine, a $100 replacement fee, plus $15 for processing. Materials loaned for shorter terms, such as media, will be billed as lost sooner than long-term loans.

You must pay all outstanding fines and fees, and return all overdue items, before your borrowing privileges will be extended.


For your convenience, the library will automatically renew loans of three days or longer until items reach their final renewal date. For courtesy card users, the end date for renewal of a regular book is three months after checkout. Loans of Best Sellers reach an end renewal date eight weeks after checkout. Other materials have shorter renewal terms. You must return a borrowed item by the final due date to avoid overdue fines.

We won't be able to renew an item for you if another user has requested it.

You may renew materials in the following ways: (1) in person at the Circulation desk or (2) by calling 218-726-6120 during open hours.


For information about fines, see Paying Fines and Fees.

Computer Access

A limited number of computers are configured and labeled for library guests on a first-come, first-served basis. Windows PCs are available to the public on the first floor of the library near the hallway leading to Honors classrooms on the first floor of the library.

Visitors can set up a guest computer account in order to use the workstations reserved for community library users. Come to the Circulation desk, show a government photo ID and complete an application form, agreeing to follow the rules for use of guest computers. You will receive an account code allowing you two hours of guest computer access per day.

For quick searches, you can use "library catalog only" PCs on the first, third, and fourth floors of the Library.

Visitors with personal laptops or devices can use the UMD Guest Wireless Service.


ItemLoan Period
Archival MaterialsUse inside library
Best SellersFour weeks
BooksSix weeks
Children's LiteratureSix weeks
DVDsThree days
FoliosSix weeks
GamesOne week
Government DocumentsSix weeks
MapsUse inside library
Microfilm/MicroficheUse inside library
NewspapersThree days
PeriodicalsOne week
Reference BooksThree Days
Restricted TestsUse inside library
Special CollectionsUse inside library
Teaching MaterialsSix weeks