Borrowing and Renewal Privileges

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Members of the Woodbury University community have full borrowing privileges at the Woodbury University Library.  These privileges are free to Woodbury University faculty, staff and currently enrolled students.

Your Woodbury University ID serves as your library card.  To borrow items from the Woodbury University Library, present the item(s) and your library card at the Circulation Desk.  In order to protect you and our materials, no other form of ID will be accepted.

What are the Loan Periods?

Loan periods can be determined by various factors. Please see the following chart for the most common loan periods.


Renewing Library Materials

Renew items online using "My Account" through the library’s online catalog or in person at the circulation desk. You may renew materials 2 times unless a hold has been placed by another user on the item you are trying to renew.

To renew materials checked out from the library using the library catalog:
1.    click “My Account”
2.    click “Renew My Materials”
3.    enter the number on your Woodbury University ID and click “List Charged Items”
4.    select the items you would like renewed and click, “Renew Selected Items”
5.     “Logout” when you are finished

To insure fair access to course reserve materials, reserve materials may not be renewed.

Non-Circulating Materials

The majority of items in the Woodbury University Library collection may be borrowed for use outside the library.  A few types of materials are restricted to on-site use, such as periodicals, reference books and special collections.

Exceptions may be made (e.g., for classroom use). Please speak to a librarian for approval in special circumstances

Overdue Materials and Fines

Borrowers are responsible for returning library materials on time and in good condition.  As a courtesy, the library will attempt to send at least 3 notices to remind you of materials that are overdue.  Overdue fines are assessed for materials that are returned after the due date.  The amount of the fine is calculated when material is returned.


Email Notices for Overdue Materials


We are excited to announce our new green initiative of emailing library notices in an effort to save paper, time, and money.  Libraries have been “green” from the start just by virtue of one of their core missions --- recycling books by allowing patrons to check them out multiple times.

The benefits of emailing notices are many:

  • Notices get to borrowers faster. In the past, it may have taken one to three days for paper notices to reach mailboxes using “snail mail.”
  • Reminder notices. We will now email courtesy notices to borrowers four days before checked-out material is due back to the library.  The email reminders will allow borrowers the chance to renew materials or to return them, so fines can be avoided.
  • Overdue notices will be sent via email after the due date.  Paper notices will be sent to those who do not have current email addresses in our system.
  • Reduction of the cost to the Library: Each email notice sent reduces the cost previously incurred by sending out paper notices.
  • Environmentally friendly: Each email notice sent reduces the number of paper notices we must use. This effort not only helps save trees but also helps to conserve other resources used to produce paper (i.e., electricity and water).

Please note : If you are not receiving library messages via email, please add to your address book or safe sender list.

Lost Books and Replacement Charges

Borrrowers who have long overdue items will be billed for the current replacement cost of the item, a $50.00 processing fee and the overdue fines that may have accrued. As a courtesy, the library will send three overdue notices before this occurs.

If the item is found and returned within one year, and before a replacement has been ordered, the item’s replacement cost will be refunded.  The processing fee and overdue fines are not refundable.

Please speak with a Circulation Supervisor if you feel that a fine has been unjustly assessed.

Assistance Locating Items on Shelves

Please speak with a Circulation Supervisor if you cannot locate library materials that have an "available" status in our library catalog.  Library staff will search for the item on your behalf and notify you of the results.  If the item is located, it will be held for you at the Circulation Desk.