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Borrow and Return Items

Circulating items include DVDs, VHS tapes, CDs and cassettes; laserdiscs do not circulate.  Each has a call number and bar code. All items are subject to staff-mediated recalls.  A recall does not change the original due date of the item.

Loan periods and limits

Borrowing limits and renewals vary by patron type. Undergraduate students, staff, and special borrowers have a 1-time online renewal.  Northwestern University faculty and graduate students on the Evanston campus have 4 online renewals.

Patron Item limit Loan period Renewals
Faculty 15 7 days 4
Graduate Student 15 7 days 4
Undergraduate Student 5 7 days 1
Staff 5 7 days 1
Alumni 5 7 days 1
OLLI Student 5 7 days 1
Reciprocity Borrowers 5 7 days 0
Visiting Scholars 5 7 days 0

Fines and fees

The following fines and fees will be applied to overdue and lost items:

Fines and fees can be paid at Circulation desks of Northwestern University libraries that handle fines.  All queries regarding fines and fees should be addressed to full-time staff at the Marjorie I. Mitchell Multimedia Center at:  847–491–7770, or through email at


Media checked out from the Mitchell Multimedia Center should be returned to the following locations: 

Media checked out from main library reserve must be returned to the main circulation desk on Level 1.

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