Borrow & Renew

Login to My Library Account to see renewals, checkouts, holds, overdue items and fines. For information about borrowing materials not owned by Penn State, visit our Interlibrary Loan web pages.

How to borrow

How long can I borrow?

How long can I borrow Books, DVDs, E-ZBorrow
Item Students, faculty and staff Penn State alumni and visitors
Books 1 semester 4 weeks
DVDs 7 days 7 days
E-ZBorrow 12 weeks N/A

Library Fines

Library Fines
Item Fine/Maximum Cost after Deadline
Course Reserves $2/hour, $100 max. After 10 days: item cost + $100 + $25*
DVDs $1/day, $30 max. After 30 days: item cost + $30 + $25*
Special Loans $3/day, $15 max. After 30 days: item cost + $15 + $25*
Recall $3/day, $30 max. After 30 days: item cost + $30 + $25*

*$25 processing fee


Questions about My Library Account

"I've already returned this item - why did I receive an overdue notice?"

First, check the date and time that the notice was sent. It's possible that the notice was sent before you returned the item. You can also check your current list of checkouts at My Library Account. If the item does not appear on that list, it has already been removed from your account.

If you believe that you received an overdue or bill notice for an item that you've returned, complete the online Claim Returned Form to initiate a library staff search.

"I have a question about a bill."

Questions about library bills can be referred to your local Penn State library or submitted through our Bill Question Form. Please be sure to supply as much information as possible.

"Why was my item recalled?"

The University Libraries provides the option to recall materials to allow all of our patrons access to library materials within a reasonable amount of time. You will have at least 10 days from the date you receive the recall notice to return the item without fee.

Why did my hold fail?

A "Hold(s) Failed" message may appear after clicking "I Want It" if no copy of an item is currently available for loan. Try placing an interlibrary loan request (Illiad) or contact us for more information.

"Why was my hold expired?"

You will receive a notice that your hold has expired if the library cannot supply a copy of the item on which you placed an "I Want It" hold in the CAT. Holds may expire because items are missing from library shelves or are requested by instructors for course reserve. You can try the following to find another copy:

  • Request the item through Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad), E-ZBorrow or U-Borrow (Penn State students, faculty and staff only).
  • Check the CAT again and place another hold if another copy is available. We may purchase additional copies of high demand materials, or items that were missing may have been found.
  • Try your local public library

Automated Check-Out Stations

If you wish to skip the line at the Lending Services desk or just want to check out your own books, you may do so at the automated checkout stations located around the Pattee and Paterno  Library.


  • Central Pattee Library
    • 1st floor in the main lobby across from the Lending Services desk 
  • Paterno Library
    • 1st Floor
    • Business Library (3rd floor)
    • Life Sciences Library (4th floor)

When using these machines, please make sure to keep your receipt and slide both sides of the book across the scanner in order to properly check out the materials.

Do you know you can receive library notices via text message?

Just update your phone number in the "Update Address" area of  My Library Account and your profile in ILLiad, and we will text you the library notices.