University of Oregon

Borrowing Information


The Checkout/Reserves/Information Desk can be reached by calling (541) 346-3088.

Borrowing Materials from Other Libraries

If you need an item that cannot be supplied by the UO it may be available through Summit or Interlibrary Loan.  More>>

Borrowing Privileges

Faculty, staff and students who are currently employed or enrolled at the University of Oregon may borrow materials from the collections of the Unversity of Oregon Libraries. Members of the public may acquire borrowing privileges through the Oregon Card Program. Under the Oregon Card program any Oregon resident may gain borrowing privileges using a valid public library card or may purchase an Oregon Card for $5.00 at the Knight Library Checkout Desk. Current faculty, staff, and students from other Summit and OUS schools, and from Lane Community College and Northwest Christian College, have borrowing privileges through reciprocal lending agreements.

No person may borrow library material using another person's card.

The University of Oregon Library Proxy Program allows UO Faculty to designate one person to act as representative when checking materials out from the Library.

Loan Periods

  • General Materials include most items in the collection. General material which hasn't been requested by other patrons will renew automatically.  Please see the Libraries' Borrowing and Requesting page for details of loan policies.
  • Law Popular Materials may be borrowed by UO students, faculty and staff only and circulate for 3 weeks, no renewals.
  • Law Videos may be borrowed by UO students, faculty, staff and alumni only and circulate for 6 days, no renewals.
  • Restricted Materials (including reserves and rare materials) have variable loan periods and may be limited to in library use for some patrons.
  • Non-Circulating Materials include, but are not limited to, all Reading Room material and indexes.


Materials can be recalled by anyone who needs an item currently checked out to another patron.  Material is subject to recall at any time.  Patrons will be notified by email if items have been recalled. The overdue fine for recalled material is $5.00 per item per day.

Recalls may be done in person, at the Law Library Checkout Desk, or via UO LibrarySearch, the UO Library Catalog.

Renewals of Borrowed Material

General materials which haven't been requested by other borrowers will be automatically renewed. Patrons may view the status of renewals and due dates in their Library Account.

Borrowers' Responsibilities

Borrowers are responsible for material checked out in their names.

No one may use another person's I.D. or library card to check out materials.

It is the responsibility of each borrower to inform the Library of a change of mailing address, telephone number, or e-mail address.

Borrowers should inform the Library if their I.D. cards or library cards are lost or stolen.

It is the responsibility of the borrower to note the time or date that material is due. Overdue notices are sent as a courtesy. Failure to receive these notices does not remove the borrower's obligation to return material by the due date or the recall due date, nor does it constitute grounds for reducing a borrower's fine. If a borrower plans to be out of town, s/he should return borrowed items or arrange with someone to receive notices and return recalled material. The UO libraries are open during intersessions to serve the needs of patrons who remain on campus: recalled items may be due any time the libraries are open.


Recalled material: $5.00 per item per day

Reserve material: $3.00 per item per hour

Restricted material: $2.00 per item per day

Law Videos: $2.00 per item per day

General material: $.50 per item per day

Law Popular material: $.50 per item per day

Summit/ILL material: $.50 per item per day

Replacement/Repair Costs

Any borrower who fails to return library material in a timely manner or returns it in damaged condition will be charged lost book fees or repair charges, plus any accrued fines, plus a $20.00 service charge per item. No writing, highlighting, or post-it notes in library materials, please.