How Long You Can Keep Items

We will continue to automatically renew checked-out items from our collections while building access is limited. Please return your interlibrary loan items by their due date. 

The length of time you can keep library materials varies depending on your university status, the format of the items, and whether they are locally owned or borrowed through interlibrary loan.

Undergraduates and guests

The loan time is 3 weeks, except for materials from the Askwith Media Library.

Faculty and graduate student instructors

The loan time is usually a full semester

Exceptions to this include materials from the Art, Architecture, and Engineering Library; Fine Arts Library; and Shapiro Library, which have 8-week loan periods.

Staff, graduate students, spouses, and other qualified adults

The loan time is usually a full semester

Exceptions to this include materials from the Art, Architecture, and Engineering Library; Fine Arts Library; Shapiro Library; and Taubman Health Sciences Library, which have 8-week loan periods.

Interlibrary loans

How long you can keep items received through interlibrary loan is determined by the lending library. The average loan times range from 6 to 16 weeks, though it is shorter for audiovisual materials.

See how long you can keep items of specific formats such as magazines, DVDs, and more, from our specialized library locations.

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