Circulation Services and Course Reserves

Library materials may be checked out from the circulation desk with a library card. The circulation desk will issue you a free library card if you do not have one. Students and community members are urged to take advantage of the library's collection and reference sources. As a community service, the Houff Library is open to the public free of charge. Most library materials circulate for four weeks (see below for exceptions) for students and faculty.

Circulation Periods

  • Books: Four weeks
  • Magazines and Journals: Seven days.
  • Course Reserves: Circulation period determined by the instructor.
  • ILL Materials: Due dates set by lending library.

Books and Magazines may be checked out over breaks (Spring, Christmas)


  • Books-one time renewal
  • Course Reserves-Item may be renewed if there are no holds
  • Calculators-four week renewal
  • Magazines & Journals-No renewals
  • Interlibrary loan books-Renewals determined by the lender.


You will be blocked for any library item that is 30 days overdue. This will prevent you from checking out anything else from the Library, registering for classes, receiving your grades, transcripts, etc. To have your block released, return your overdue item(s) and inform the library staff when you do so. If you have lost the library item(s) that are overdue, please ask any library staff member for instructions.


All holds, including course reserves, will expire within five full working days of being contacted that the item is available.


Some instructors have items on Reserve at the Circulation Desk they want you to read in addition to your textbooks. Each instructor determines the loan periods for their Reserve items. Some Reserve titles can be checked out, some can only be used in the Library. Ask for Reserve titles at the Circulation Desk.