Borrow Materials - Undergraduate Students

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Find Materials

Locate materials to check out by searching the library catalog, or by browsing specific library collections.


Please bring items for checkout to the Circulation desk, located on the first floor of the library. Your U Card is your borrowing card, but you may use any photo ID to check out materials


For your convenience, we will automatically renew loans of three days or longer until items reach their final renewal date. Regular books checked out to a UMD undergraduate reach their end renewal date 6 months after checkout. Best Sellers reach their end date 8 weeks after checkout. You must return materials by the final due date to avoid overdue fines.

We won't be able to renew items that have been requested by other users.

Materials loaned for shorter terms, such as course reserve items, do not have the automatic renewal feature. They must be returned by the time due.

Check My Account

Check your library account for due dates and to renew materials by logging in to "My Account" with your UMD username and password. Or you can stop by the Circulation desk or call 218-726-6120 during library open hours.

To request renewal of items borrowed through interlibrary loan, log in to your Interlibrary Loan (ILL) account.

Renewal periods are limited. Contact us if you need help or have questions about renewing.


If books or journals become more than 30 days overdue, you will be billed a replacement charge of $100 plus a processing fee of $15. Items on short-term loan will be billed as lost even before they become 30 days overdue.

For information about fines, see Paying Fines and Fees.



Loan Period

Archival Materials Use inside library
Best Sellers Four weeks
Books Thirteen weeks
Children's Literature Thirteen weeks
Course Reserve Items Three hours or one day
DVDs Three days
Folios Thirteen weeks
Games One week
Government Documents Thirteen weeks
Group Study Rooms Three hours per day
Interlibrary Loan Materials Loan period varies depending on lending institution
Maps Use inside library
Microfilm/Microfiche Use inside library
Newspapers Three days
Periodicals One week
Reference Books Three Days
Reference Indexes Use inside library
Restricted Tests Use inside library
Special Collections Use inside library
Teaching Materials Thirteen weeks