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Check-out, Renew, Request: Borrowing

This page describes basic circulation policies. If you have any further questions, please call the Circulation & Information Desk at 405-744-9775.

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Checking Out Books

Borrowing policies listed below are for the Edmon Low Library. Loan periods may vary at branch libraries.

Borrowing Books

  • Books may be borrowed by anyone presenting a valid OSU ID or Library Courtesy Card. 
  • Books can be checked out at the Circulation & Information Desk on the first floor of the Library anytime the Library is open. The desk also offers two self-checkout stations on the east side of the desk. 
  • Patrons may also authorize others to check out books under their account. See the Circulation Authorization Form for more information.

Book Loan Periods

  • Undergraduate Students: 120 days
  • Graduate Students: 120 days
  • Faculty: Term loans
  • Staff: 120 days
  • Courtesy Card patrons: 30 days

Checkout Limits 

  • Undergraduate Students: 100 items
  • Graduate and Honors College Students: 100 items
  • Faculty: 150 items
  • Staff: 100 items
  • Courtesy Card patrons: 25 items

Course Reserves 

Course reserves and textbooks may be checked out from RM 105 on the first floor of the Library. Loan periods for this material vary. More information about this collection can be found on the Course Reserves Page. 

Checking out other Items

Laptop Check-Out 

Laptops, tablets and peripherals are also available for student and faculty checkout at the south side of the Circulation & Information Desk. See our laptop information page for more information. 

AV Equipment, DVD's and Microfilm

A variety of media are also available for checkout at the Edmon Low Creative Studios in RM 105. More information about this collection can be found on the Creative Studios page

Special Permission Materials 

Non-circulating material such as reference books and journal issues may be able to be checked out at on a case by case basis. Please speak with a Circulation & Information Desk staff supervisor to request permission. 


The Circulation & Information Desk is open anytime the Library is open. 

If you have any questions about or need assistance with your Library account, please contact us at 405-744-9775 or at

"I can't find the book on the shelf!"

Staff at the Circulation & Information Desk are always available to help patrons find a book in the Library. Please don't hesitate to stop by the desk and ask.

If you are unable to find an item on the shelf and believe it is missing, please let us know by filling out a Patron Cannot Find on Shelf form. Our search specialist will then conduct a special search to find the item. Once the search is complete, you will be contacted as to whether the item was found. If the item is found, it will be placed on hold for you. If it is not, you are eligible to request the item from another library via an interlibrary loan request or the Borrow It Now service.

Guest Borrowing

Although the collection of the OSU Stillwater Library is primarily to support the faculty, staff, and students of the University, Courtesy Cards permit those who qualify, use of the collection for a limited time. There are two types of courtesy cards:

Courtesy Cards

These cards are available to individuals who are at least 18 years old and one of the following:

  • Resident of Oklahoma
  • Current Member of the Friends of the OSU
  • Library
  • Visiting scholar

Please see the application for more information about borrowing privileges and how to sign up for a card.

OK Share Courtesy Cards

These cards are available to individuals who are at least 18 years of age and have a current OK Share Courtesy Card  from a participating institution.

Please see the application for more information on borrowing privileges and how to sign up for a card.