Check out & renew items

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Check out items

Use your CatCard to check out books, journals, and technology. You can also access library computers, online resources, and interlibrary loan with your NetID.

Affiliation  Loan period Borrow up to
Undergrads 21 days 75 items
Honors students 180 days 250 items
Graduate students 180 days 250 items
Faculty, staff, & other UA affiliates 180 days 250 items

See borrowing privileges for non-UA affiliates.

Apply for a library card

Not affiliated with the UA? Arizona residents and affiliates at some other institutions can apply for a library card.

Faculty and staff may also apply for a proxy card that allows teaching and research assistants to check out materials on their behalf.

Renew your library materials

You can renew UA library materials up to 12 times, as long as someone has not placed a hold or recall on it.

You can also renew interlibrary loan items if allowed by the lending library.

Technology and quiet study room keys can't be renewed online. Check with staff at the Ask Us desk to see if you can renew these items.

Recall or hold items

You can place a hold using express retrieval. Select "Request this item" in the catalog and specify the library where you want to pick up your item.

If you need an item that is already checked out, you can also use "Request this item" to issue a recall. The person holding the item will be asked to return it within 10 days. We'll send you an email when it is ready for pick up. 

Exceptions by format

Format Loan period Holds & recalls
Bound journals 21 days Allowed
Government documents Varies Allowed
Media 7 days Allowed
Music CD box sets Varies   Not allowed
Music scores (collected works) 7 days Allowed
Maps 21 days Not allowed

Some materials can only be used in the library, including Special Collections, reference, current journals, newspapers, microfilm, and atlases.