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Borrowing and Renewing


Borrowing SSU Library Materials

Check out library materials with your SSU Seawolf card or picture ID and last four digits of your social security number. Visit My Library Account to see your due dates, renewals, holds, fines, and Link+ requests.

Students, staff, and faculty can check out up to 75 item at one time, 8 of which can be media items.

If you're not a student, faculty, or staff member of Sonoma State University, please visit our Information for Visitors page. If you're a Distance Learner, please find out more about services specifically for you at our Information for Distance Learners page.

You can renew materials two times after initial check-out via My Library Account or visit the Information/Check-Out Desk. Renewals cannot be made by phone or email.

Borrowing Library Materials
MaterialLoan PeriodRenew?Fines
Books

28 days
(Grad students - 1 semester
Faculty - 1 academic year)

Yes
  • No daily fines
  • Patron borrowing privileges will be blocked when an item becomes more than 30 days overdue until the item is returned
Reserves (Print & Media)2 hrsNo
  • $1.00/hour
  • $50 max
DVDs7 daysYes
  • No daily fines
  • Patron borrowing privileges will be blocked when an item becomes more than 14 days overdue until the item is returned
Laptops4 hrsNo
  • $1.00/hour
  • $50 max
Link+ Books21 daysYes
14-day renewal usually available
  • $1.00/day
  • $115 lost book fee
Popular Reading28 daysYes
  • No daily fines
  • Patron borrowing privileges will be blocked when an item becomes more than 30 days overdue until the item is returned
Circulating Regional Books7 daysYes
  • No daily fines
  • Patron borrowing privileges will be blocked when an item becomes more than 14 days overdue until the item is returned
Multimedia Viewing and Student Presentation Room Keys4 hoursYes
  • $1.00/hour
  • $50 max

Returns

  • There are Book Drop locations at the Information/Check-Out Desk, outside the first floor entrance, and outside the second floor entrance.
  • Return Reserves to the Information/Check-Out Desk or to the book drop outside the second floor entrance.
  • Materials returned after the Library is closed will be checked in the following day.

Holds and Recalls

You can place a hold on items that are checked out. SSU students, faculty, and staff should request items through Link+ instead of placing a hold in order to get items faster.

  1. In the Library catalog find the item you want and click the "Place a Hold" button in the top menu.
  2. Enter your username and password to log into your library account.
  3. When the item is returned you'll receive an email. Your items will be held for you at the Information/Check-Out Desk.

Items that you have checked out may be recalled if another person places a hold. If an item is recalled, you'll receive an email notifying you of the new due date.

If an item is recalled, return the item as soon as possible to avoid fines.

Fines

  • Overdue notices are a courtesy only. Notices are sent to your email address. Check your Library Account for due dates.
  • A replacement fee is added to long-overdue items. If an item is not lost return it to have the fee reduced.
  • Library and campus privileges are restricted when over $50 in fines is accrued. Visit the Information/Check-Out Desk to pay fines.
  • Questions? Contact Jack Ritchie for Print (707-664-2562) and John Muller for Multimedia (707-664-2590).

Lost or Damaged Materials

Lost or damaged materials result in a fee and restricted Library services. You may pay a replacement fee or replace the item yourself. Library services will be restored once the item has been replaced and/or the fee is paid. Please see our ILL/Link+ page for more information about lost or damaged materials from other Libraries.

If you choose to pay a replacement fee:

  • Replacement fees vary depending on format and availability of the item. Generally, books cost $50 to replace. Circulation staff can advise you.
  • Visit the Information/Check-Out Desk to pay with cash or a check made out to SSU.

If you choose to replace the item yourself:

  • Before purchasing a replacement you must contact the Collection Development Librarian, Paula Hammett, at 707-664-3912 (hammett@sonoma.edu).
  • New hardback books are preferred. We also accept paperbacks and used books in excellent condition with no missing pages, highlighting, stains, mildewing, or mold. Replacement books must be in new or like-new condition.
  • We do not accept used copies of videos and DVDs. Exceptions are made only for rare items.
  • Suggestions for locating hard-to-find books and multimedia:
  • You must replace the item within three months of billing.
  • Bring replacement material to the Information/Check-Out Desk.
  • After the Collection Development Librarian has approved your replacement, your Library privileges will be restored.