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Loyola University of Chicago Borrowers

Current students and full-time faculty and staff from Loyola University of Chicago (who have borrowing privileges at Loyola libraries) are eligible for borrowing privileges at Northwestern Libraries.

Note that this arrangement does not apply to research assistants; alumni; retired faculty (except emeritus faculty); visiting scholars; children and/or domestic partners of faculty, staff or students; fee borrowers; corporate borrowers; etc.

Privilege details

  • Loan period: 4-week loan period, except for items on reserve for a class, which are not included in this borrowing program. All books are subject to recall with a guaranteed loan period of one week. DVDs and videos from the Mitchell Multimedia Center can be borrowed for 7 days.
  • Renewals: Items can be renewed three times, either in person or via NUsearch, the online library catalog system. After the third remote renewal, books must be brought in to start a new loan. 
  • Returns: It is strongly preferred that items be returned to the library from which they were borrowed. Items can be returned to the owning library through the ILDS system, but this is discouraged because the patrons will be accountable for the item until it reaches the owning library, and there is no way of tracing items shipped this way. You will be held responsible for any book to another library, including any fines at accrue while in transit, until it is checked in at Northwestern. 
  • Fines, fees and penalties: Northwestern does not charge daily fines on regular loan booksIf an item exceeds its grace period, it is considered "lost," a $125 replacement charge is applied and the patron record is blocked from further transactions. Loyola borrowing privileges are also blocked until the material is returned.

Obtain a borrower's card

Current students, faculty, and staff who have a library account in good standing at Loyola may apply for a borrower's card at Northwestern. To begin the application process, please complete the application form. A reciprocal borrower’s card is valid for the academic year through June 15, and can be renewed annually upon verification of current status and as long as your library accounts at both institutions are in good standing.

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Contact our Circulation Desk at 847-491-7633.