Borrowing from LSU Libraries

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Borrowers' Responsibilities

Borrowers have these responsibilities:

  • Return or renew materials checked out to you on or before their due date.  Log in to your Library Account to keep track.
  • Protect all materials from damage and theft.  You are responsible for each item until it is checked in by library staff.
  • Keep materials in good condition.  Do not write in books, fold pages, or put sticky notes in them (they leave a residue).

Library materials are used by thousands of people every year.  Everyone deserves to have materials in good condition.  Please do your part!

Library Cards

  • LSU faculty, staff, and students must present a current LSU ID card in order to charge materials.
  • ID cards are not transferable.
  • Each individual is responsible for all library materials charged to his/her card.
  • Lost ID cards should be reported immediately to the ID Office in the LSU Union and to the Access Services Desk in LSU Library.
  • Faculty and graduate students in good standing may obtain a LOUIS Reciprocal Borrowers Card from the Access Services Desk or online which will allow them to get library privileges at other LOUIS institutions. A list of participating LOUIS libraries may be obtained from the LOUIS homepage.

Loan Periods

LSU Library Circulation / Gov Docs & Microforms

 FacultyGraduate StudentsUndergraduatesStaffPublic
BooksSemester90 Days*28 DaysSemester28 Days
A-V Materials7 Days7 Days7 Days7 Days7 Days
Gear to GeauxNon-Circ3 Days3 DaysNon-CircNon-Circ
Current Journals4 Hours4 HoursNon-Circ4 HoursNon-Circ
Bound SerialsSemester90 Days*7 DaysSemesterNon- Circ
Microforms28 Days28 Days28 Days28 Days28 Days

Music Resources

 FacultyGraduate StudentsUndergraduatesStaffPublic
BooksSemester90 Days*28 DaysSemester28 Days
A-V Materials7 Days4 Hours in House4 Hours in House7 Days7 Days
Current Journals4 Hours4 HoursNon-Circ4 HoursNon-Circ
Bound Serials7 Days7 Days7 Days7 DaysNon-Circ
MSET7 DaysNon-CircNon- Circ7 DaysNon-Circ

* Graduate students' loan periods will be shortened if their library privileges will expire in less than 90 days from the date the book is checked out.

Receipts for Returned Materials

  • When returning library materials, patrons may request a receipt if they return their items to a staff member at the Access Services Desk.
  • While it is preferred that library materials be returned to the circulation desk from which they were originally charged, they may be returned to any of the LSU Libraries' campus libraries or service units.

Right to Privacy

Every library patron has a right to privacy while using properly charged library materials. Names of borrowers will not be disclosed (Louisiana Revised Statutes, Section 44:13).

Please be aware that this statute prohibits us from discussing patron accounts with third parties, except in the case of parents of minor children. For privacy and security reasons, we also do not discuss patrons' accounts over the telephone. Patrons who have questions about their accounts should e-mail them to and a library staff member will send a response to the patron's myLSU account. In compliance with Policy Statement 16.15, "Use of Electronic Mail," we will send e-mail communications only to the "" e-mail address if it exists. We will only use other types of e-mail addresses for correspondence in the case of public patron card users or former LSU employees and students whose myLSU accounts are no longer active.