Circulation Basics

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Find loan periods, renew, recall, or place holds. Check your library account for what is checked out and when books are due.

Circulation Services oversees and enforces loan policies for items held by the Library.

If you are uncertain about any of the services provided by the Circulation Department, the "Circulation Renewals Policy," "Circulation Recall Policy," and "Frequently Asked Questions" pages may answer many of your questions.

Loan Periods and Item Limits

This page provides information on how many items may be checked out and for how long.

Renewing Items Online

Learn how to extend your loan period online if you need an item for longer than its typical loan period.

Returning Materials 

When you no longer need your items, find out how and where to bring them back to the Library.

Fines and Fees 

If your items have been damaged or you have exceeded the loan period, penalties may apply.

Book Location Assistance 

Circulation Services provides a variety of services to assist you in your research, such as tips on how to find your materials. Circulation staff is available to help you if you still can't find them.

Stacks Guide by Subject 

The materials at the Northwestern University Library are organized according to the Dewey Decimal Classification system.

Recalls and Requests 

If an item you are looking for is currently checked out or is being held somewhere other than an Evanston campus library, provides a list of online forms to request those materials.

Cards and Passes 

Need a library card? Read about the privileges associated with different types of patron cards, the eligibility for each type of card and how to obtain one.