Borrowing Materials - Faculty and Staff

Find Materials

Locate materials to check out by searching the library catalog.


Bring items for checkout to the Circulation desk. Your U Card is your borrowing card, but you may use any photo ID to check out materials.

Checkout Period Renew Notices Sent By
Books - Regular & Children's 4 weeks Yes, total of 8 weeks E-mail
Videos/Periodicals 3 days Yes, total of 6 days E-mail
Equipment/1 Day Reserves 1 day Yes, total of 2 days E-mail
Short Term Reserves 3 hours Yes, total of 6 hours E-mail


Items are automatically renewed once or may be renewed online. Use this link to Your Account to renew online or go to the library catalog. If you have not renewed online before, use these instructions for renewing onlineItems may also be renewed in person, over the phone (218-281-8399), or by e-mail To renew an item, please include the call number if it is a book and the name and date if it is a magazine or journal. You will not be able to renew a borrowed item if another user has requested it.

Interlibrary Loan Renewals

To renew interlibrary loan material, contact the Interlibrary Loan Office representative - Krista Proulx - or 218-281-8398. The ability to renew interlibrary loan materials is dependent on the library that lends it to us.


If books or journals become more than 30 days overdue, you will be billed a replacement charge of the cost of the book plus a processing fee of $15. If you return an item with a "lost" status, the replacement fee will be deducted from your bill, but the processing fee will still be owed. Items on short-term loan will be billed as lost even before they become 30 days overdue. Faculty members and staff of UMC do not accrue overdue fines.

Blocked or Barred Privileges?

You may be subject to the loss of borrowing privileges, as well as interlibrary loan privileges, in the following circumstances:

  • if you have fees for unreturned items in excess of $9.99
  • if four or more items become overdue 
  • if interlibrary loan items checked out to you become overdue, lost, or damaged


Faculty and staff will be billed for damaged library materials. The faculty or staff member is responsible for paying these fees. Library privileges may be blocked due to fines.