Academic Programs Catalog

General Information, Policies, Procedures and Regulations

General Procedures and Regulations

Library Lending Policies

Borrowers are responsible for understanding these policies. Disregard for these policies may result in permanent suspension of borrowing privileges.

Borrower Responsibilities and Lending Policies

  1. Care of Library Materials

    Material must be returned in the same condition as when it was checked out.  Borrowers may not write in books, turn down page corners, or use “post-it”-type notes/flags or a fine may be issued.
  2. Responsibilities Regarding Addresses

    You must keep the library updated with your current mailing address and email address. MSU borrowers must assure that email from is not diverted to spam quarantine files.
  3. Checking Out Material

    To check out material, an MSU ID or a library card along with photo ID must be presented. Borrowers are responsible for knowing the date material is due and returning (or renewing) it promptly. Material may not be checked out for others.
  4. Renewals

    Library material must be renewed in order to extend the due date.  Borrowers may renew eligible material online up to five times at Some material is not eligible for renewal.
  5. Main Library Loan Periods

    Some materials cannot be checked out at all. Reserve materials circulate for 2 hours, 24 hours, 3 days, or 7 days. Loan periods for most other types of library material: Faculty/Staff/Students – 180 days, Spouses and Community Borrowers – 21 days.
  6. Get It @ MSU

    If you need material that is checked out, or that MSU Libraries does not own, request the material from another library by visiting
  7. Recalled Material

    Recalled material must be returned by the recall due date to avoid fines.  To prevent recall fines while away from MSU, material should be returned before leaving or arrangements made for someone to return recalled items.
  8. Returning Material

    Return DVDs, videos, CDs, records, and items from Reserve, Reference, Art, Maps, Music, and Software to the desk where they were checked out.  Place other material in any book return at the Main Library or mail it to Michigan State University Libraries, Circulation, 366 W. Circle Drive, East Lansing, MI 48824.
  9. Fines and Bills

    Fines and bills are the responsibility of the borrower regardless of being away from campus, vacations, exams, illness, car trouble, unread MSU e-mail, late or never-received reminder notices, etc. Material returned after closing is not considered returned until the next day the library is open. Overdue fines are charged for the following high-demand items: Reserves and some equipment: $1.00/Hour; Recalled material and some equipment: $1/day. When an item is significantly overdue, the borrower is billed, and holds are placed on MSU student enrollment, registration, diplomas, and transcripts. Minimum replacement charges are $150. When a billed item is returned, the replacement charge is cancelled but overdue fines may still be charged. Unresolved bills may be turned over to a collection agency any time after 30 days from date of issue. Payment may be made by mail (Michigan State University Libraries, Circulation, 366 W. Circle Drive, East Lansing, MI 48824), at the Circulation Desk, or by calling 1-517-355-2333.
  10. Library Cards for Michigan Residents

    Michigan residents over the age of 18 may apply for community privileges by showing a valid Michigan driver’s license/ID containing the individual’s address. Cards will not be issued if the address is a Post Office Box. Two books can be checked out on the day the card is created. After receiving the card in the mail, community borrowers may have no more than 25 items checked out at one time and are not eligible to use one-day lockers. Community borrower cards expire after two years, at which time a community borrower must reapply for a library card.
  11. Accommodation for Persons with Disabilities

    Accommodation related to checking out library material may be requested calling 1-517.884.6458 or by e-mailing
  12. Michigan Law and University Policies

    Michigan Compiled Law (MCL750.391) defines damaging library material (or keeping it overdue) as larceny. The confidentiality of library records in the State of Michigan is protected by "The Library Privacy Act," Michigan Compiled Laws (MCL 397.601-606, Act 455 of 1982).  Federal law may supersede Michigan Law. Removing material from the MSU Libraries without checking it out may result in criminal charges. MSU ID cards are property of MSU. If used by anyone other than the owner, an MSU ID will be confiscated.