• BYU Undergraduate Students
    6 weeks 50 max items 2 renewals
  • BYU Honor’s Thesis Students
    13 weeks 50 max items 2 renewals
  • BYU Graduate Students
    13 weeks 75 max items 2 renewals
  • BYU Staff
    26 weeks 75 max items 4 renewals
  • BYU Admin
    26 weeks 100 max items 4 renewals
  • BYU Faculty
    26 weeks unlimited 4 renewals
  • Other Library Patrons
    3 weeks 15 max items 1 renewal

Loan periods stated above are for most Library materials. There are shorter due dates for specific collections (juvenile literature, Special Collections, etc.).

Renewal limits stated above are for most Library materials. You’ll need your BYU NetID and password to renew online. If you need additional renewals, bring the item to the circulation desk and we’ll renew it for you (which will also give you the stated number of online renewals again).

Faculty can also call Faculty Delivery Service (FDS) at (801) 422-5282 to renew materials or to have an FDS representative come to their office to renew items that have reached their renewal limit.

If you have any questions about Library privileges, please contact the Circulation Department at (801) 422-6061.

Checkout Identification

You must have a valid BYU ID card to receive services at the circulation desk.

Recalls and Holds

There is a three-week minimum checkout time before an item can be recalled. 24-hour recall period for items needed for Course Reserve. A recall fine of $10 will be charged for recalls not returned by the new due date.


First email reminder: 7 days before the due date. Courtesy email notice: 5 days after the due date.

Faculty, BYU administrative employees, and BYU staff: First reminder 14 days before the due date. Second reminder 7 days before the due date. Courtesy email notice 5 days after the due date.

Overdue Fines

Your Library account is blocked when one or more items are overdue. If your account is blocked, come to the circulation desk and we’ll help you get it cleared up. Fines can be paid by credit or debit card, cash, or Cougar Cash.

Billing for Lost Items

Patrons will be billed for lost Library materials that are more than four weeks overdue. The bill includes the replacement cost of the item and up to a $15 processing fee.

Proxy Users

Both patrons with disabilities and faculty can designate another person to check out items on their account. Visit the circulation desk to pick up the request form for a proxy card. At the beginning of each semester you’ll need to renew proxy privileges by submitting a new form. The other person needs a proxy card and his/her own BYU ID to check out materials. Patrons and faculty are responsible for any materials checked out on their account.

Patron Categories

Only BYU students and employees can access Library databases off campus.

The following are eligible for Library checkout privileges:

  • BYU faculty, staff, retirees, and students
  • Independent Study students
  • Dependents (ages 12–30) and spouses of full-time BYU employees, BYU retirees, deceased BYU employees, and BYU students (see the benefits office to establish this relationship)
  • Friends of the Library with an annual membership fee of $50 (more details)
  • Students, faculty, and staff of BYU–Idaho and BYU–Hawaii
  • Students, faculty, and staff of Utah academic libraries and other participating academic libraries
  • High school students (grades 9–12) for a $10 fee (must present completed High School Student Request for BYU Library Privileges form)
  • Educators in the Alpine, Canyons, Jordan, Nebo, Provo, and Wasatch school districts (you must provide employment verification; contact the circulation desk for a copy of an employment verification form or see the CITES website)