The Circulation Desk is the central service point for the library. All materials, including books, audiovisual materials, course reserves, and Intercampus or Interlibrary Loan requests can be checked-out from this location.

Cudahy Library
Lewis Library

Borrowing Policies

There is no limit on the number of items that can be checked out at any time. Materials from the general collection of the University Libraries circulate as follows:

Material Undergraduate Graduate Faculty & Administration Staff Courtesy Patron
Books 28 days 3 months until June 15 of current academic year 28 days 28 days
Films 3 days 3 days 3 days 3 days in-library use only
Music CDs 7 days 7 days 7 days 7 days in-library use only
Periodicals in library use only
Government Documents, Reference, and Archives in library use only


Renew materials online using My Library Account.

General collection materials may be renewed as often as needed, provided they are not overdue and no one has placed a recall on the items. Materials may be renewed online or in person at any of the libraries' circulation desks. For in-person renewals, a current, valid ID must be presented. Materials may not be renewed by phone.

Audiovisual Materials

Materials from the AV Collection (videos and DVDs) can be checked out for 1 or 3 days, except for "room use"  materials which may be checked out for 6 hours. Music CDs may be checked out for 7 days. For more information, see Audiovisual Services.

Course Reserves

Course Reserves are educational materials that have been set aside and made available for specific classes, and have shorter borrowing periods and different renewal policies. See Course Reserves for more information.

Using Other Libraries

Current Loyola students, faculty, and staff may borrow items directly from other Chicago-area libraries, including Northwestern, UIC, and others. See Finding Books for a full list.

Other Chicago-area libraries not on the list may also be accessible; see InfoPass for more information.

Current Loyola faculty also have access to other universities and Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities member institutions. See Reciprocal Borrowing for a full list.