Borrow and Renew

Terms Defined

Loan Period: Length of time an item can be checked out
OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog): The Purdue University Libraries catalog
Patron: Library user
Renewal: An extension of the original loan period.
Core Loan: Includes items such as the following: most books, government documents, juvenile literature, maps, microform, new books, technical reports, theses.

Borrowing

Please have your active PUID to check out any material from the libraries. Notify the libraries if your PUID is lost or stolen. Notify the libraries if material is lost or stolen. If you do not have an active PUID, you may be eligible for a visitor's borrowing card. Ask staff at any Circulation Desk for details or check Visitor Information.

Proxy Request

By filling out the Request for Proxy Services form, a patron authorizes another patron to check out items on their account and accepts responsibility for those items. Proxies are used mainly for the convenience of faculty members so that graduate students or other assistants can pick up items from the library using their own Purdue ID to charge it to the faculty member's account. Proxies can be non-Purdue affiliates as long as they have a valid (non-expired) visitor card.

How long can you borrow?

Core Loan items are due in 16 weeks for faculty, staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students.

Loan Periods for non-core loan items are:
Material Type Loan Period
Serials and Journals 2 days for journals
Course Reserves Vary by library and by type of material
Reference Books Vary by library
Media One week
Equipment One day/Three days
Specialized Material Libraries may assign different loan periods for specialized material

Renewals

You can Renew the material you borrowed by the due date to extend the loan period. Core Loan Materials may be renewed. Limited Loan materials, with the exception of media, are not renewable.
  • Online in My Library Account
  • By phone (765) 494-0369
  • In person at the circulation desk of any Purdue West Lafayette campus library
For ITAP Equipment (Cameras, tripods, etc.), please email hickslab@purdue.edu or call (765) 494-3751.

Returning library material

You will be responsible for paying any fines or fees for late return or non-return of library materials checked out on your PUID. For all billing inquiries, contact Circulation Services at (765) 494-0369 or circservices@purdue.edu. Details about fines and fees are shown in the table below:
Item Time Action Per Item Max Per Item
Core Items 1 day overdue Patron BLOCKED upon overdue $15 plus the replacement cost
31 days overdue $15 processing fee and replacement cost
Media Items 1 day overdue Patron BLOCKED upon overdue
$10 overdue fine per day
$85 plus the replacement cost
7 days overdue $15 processing fee and replacement cost
Periodicals
2 Day Loans
1 Week Loans
1 day overdue Patron BLOCKED upon overdue
$10 overdue fine per day
$85.00 plus the replacement cost
7 days overdue $15 processing fee and replacement cost
Reserves
(2 Hour)
1 hour after due time Patron BLOCKED upon overdue
$5 overdue per hour up to 24 hours
$15 processing fee and replacement cost charged at 48 hours overdue.
$135.00 plus the replacement cost
48 hours after due date After the item is 48 hours overdue, the library can determine that it is necessary to order a replacement copy, the processing fee, overdue fee, and replacement cost will be assessed when the item is reordered. Replacement cost for reordered items are non-refundable.