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Borrowing Materials

Most members of the Northwestern community can borrow materials using their WildCARD. Other patrons can obtain a Borrower's Card to check out books. 

Borrowing privileges, such as loan periods and items limits, vary slightly by patron type. Learn about your borrowing policies & procedures. 

If an item isn't returned or renewed when it is returned, it will be overdue and may incur a fine. You could also be charged for lost and damaged items. See how we handle overdue, lost or damaged items.

Renew materials

You can renew items through your Your Account online, using either your NetID (for Northwestern faculty, staff and students) or assigned user name and password (for borrowers using a Borrower's Card).

After logging in, scroll down to the section titled Items Checked Out, where you will see a list of the items currently checked out to you, along with their due dates. Simply click the checkboxes next to the items you would like to renew, then click Renew Items.

Return materials

Books from most Northwestern library locations (including books from Pritzker Legal Research Center, Schaffner Library, Galter Library, Mudd Library and Math Library) may be returned at the University Library's Main Circulation Desk. Most libraries also provide an after-hours outside book drop, which are open year round (except for Schaffner and the Mudd LIbrary). A drive-up book drop is located just North of Locy Hall in the Fisk Hall parking lot. 

Books may be returned by mail (including intercampus mail) to the Circulation Services department at 1970 Campus Drive, Evanston 60208. However, they will not be removed from the your record until the date they are received. You are also responsible for any associated late fees.

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