Borrow and Renew


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.

Fall 2020: Faculty, staff, graduate students, and students participating in the Fall Online Option Experience have the option to request mail delivery of Libraries-owned print materials. Eligible materials will have a "Personal Delivery" request option in Library Search. Materials may be mailed back to us at 504 W State St, West Lafayette IN, 47907. You are responsible for return postage.

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 16 weeks
Course Reserves There are currently no circulating print course reserves
Reference Books Vary by library
Media One week
Equipment One day/Three days
Specialized Material Libraries may assign different loan periods for specialized material


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. For ITAP Equipment (Cameras, tripods, etc.), please email 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

In addition to being returned to any campus library, materials may also be returned to the following mailing address:

Purdue Libraries/Circulation Services

504 W State Street

West Lafayette IN 47907

Spring, Summer, and Fall 2020: all fines/fees will be waived for materials checked out during that time period.

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
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
(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.

Terms Defined

Loan Period
Length of time an item can be checked out.
OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog)
The Purdue University Libraries catalog.
Library user
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.

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