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Using Library Resources & Services

Checking Out and Renewing Material

Checking Out Materials  - All patrons must present their current UCM ID card or official photo identification, i.e., driver's license, military ID, passport, etc. to check out materials from the James C. Kirkpatrick Library.

Renewals - Most library materials check outs can be renewed unless a Hold/Recall has been placed on the material.  However, Course Reserves material and laptops cannot be renewed.  Renewals may be done through:

Special Collections materials - Special Collections items may only be accessed by appointment, Monday - Friday from 8 am through 5 pm.  To make an appointment, use the Special Collections Contact Form.  More information is available on the UCM Special Collections Guide.

Loan Periods

Library Materials Check Out Periods

Circulating Books/Juvenile Collection/Curriculum Collection/Government Documents/Maps

4 weeks
Periodicals/Journals 1 day
Course Reserves Items 2 hours, 1 day, 3 days or 7 days (as specified by the instructor)
Laptops 7 days
New Books/Best Sellers 2 weeks
DVDs Varies: 3 - 7 days, 4 weeks
Audiobooks, CDs, cassettes & VHS tapes 4 weeks
Reference Materials 1 day
Whiteboard Markers 3 hours
Headphones Same day check out - due by closing

Returning Materials

Book drops - Are located at the Library Services Desk as well as outside the library building. 

The drive-up book drop is located on the east side of the building, next to the loading dock doors.

The walk-up book drop is located on the west side of the building, on the north wing, behind the stone pillar.

Other services available in the 1st floor area:

  • New York Times Bestseller collection
  • Photocopy machines
  • Cell phone charger
  • Library Lost and Found

Holds on Library Materials

Item Holds - If a needed item is currently checked out, you have several options on accessing the material needed:

  • Place a HOLD on the item in the QUEST catalog by clicking on REQUEST. If you are on campus, the REQUEST link will only show if the item is checked out. If you are off campus, the REQUEST link will show on all items. When the item is returned it will be held at the desk for no more than six days. Note: There may be other Holds on the same item so it may not be available immediately. 
  • MOBIUS catalog.
  • Request the item through Interlibrary Loan if not available through MOBIUS or Prospector.

 A HOLD cannot be placed on Course Reserve materials.

Searches

If an item cannot be found on the shelves, a search can be placed on the item. If you need the material right away, Library Services Desk staff can change the status of the item so that you can request the item through MOBIUS or Interlibrary Loan.