Check out & renew items

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Check out and renew materials

Use your CatCard to check out books, journals, and more.

We will automatically renew materials as long as someone has not requested a hold and your library account is in good standing. You can also renew interlibrary loan items if allowed by the lending library.

Type of material Initial loan period Maximum loan period
Books, journals, maps, music scores, government documents 21 days

9 months for undergrads and community users (level 1)

3 years for community users (level 2) and Arizona businesses

6 years for faculty, staff, grad students, and honor students

Media (VHS, DVDs, CDs, LPs, and collected works) 7 days 12 renewals

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

See borrowing privileges for non-UA affiliates.

Check out technology

Borrow technology for up to three days using your CatCard.

You can’t renew technology online, but we allow in-person renewals at the Ask Us desk on a case-by-case basis depending on availability.

Hold items

You can place a hold using express retrieval. When signed in, select the "Request" option within the "Find It" section. You can choose the library where you want to pick up your item. There are a few items that can't be held (e.g. maps, music CD box sets).

If you need an item that is already checked out, consider using interlibrary loan for faster access. We'll send you an email when it is ready for pickup. There are a few items that can't be held (e.g. maps and music CD box sets).

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.