Borrowing Privileges

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Loan Periods

The loan policies below apply to University of Hawaiʻi students, faculty, and staff, regardless of campus affiliation.

  • Library users who are not affiliated with UH may purchase a card to borrow print books. See Library Services to Community Borrowers for more information.

Please check with the Circulation Desk if you are unsure about the borrowing policy for a particular item.

Loan Period Type of Material
28 days Books from the General Collection
28 days New Books, READ Collection books, Paperback Collection books
28 days Government documents and maps (unless designated Library Use Only)
28 days Closed Shelves books (unless designated Short-Term Loan or Library Use Only)
14 days Hawaiian Collection books (unless designated Library Use Only or Vault)
14 days Compact discs, Kits (limit 5)
7 days Closed Shelves books designated “Short-Term Loan”
7 days DVDs (limit 3)

Library Use Only

  • Reference Collection
  • Hawaiian Collection Vault
  • Periodicals
  • Any item designated Library Use Only

Returning Items

Items can be returned to the Circulation Desk or the after-hours book drops. Do not return a checked-out book to the shelf or place it on a book cart! You will be fined for the item if it is not put in a book drop or returned to the Circulation Desk.

Reserve items must be returned to a staff member at the Circulation Desk to avoid fines.

Renewing Items

Renewal of items can be requested either at the Circulation Desk or through LibCat by signing in to your account. Not all items can be renewed.

Overdue Notices

Please return library materials by the due date. As a courtesy reminder, the library will email an overdue notice. Failure to receive an overdue notice does not mean fines are cancelled. See the Fines and Fees page for specifics.