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Library

Borrowing

Patron Type & Loan Period

Patron Type

Books

Journals

Reserves

Equipment
(laptops, iPads, etc.)

Media Circulating Collection

Eligible for ILL

Off Campus Access

Undergrads

3 weeks
unlimited renewals

3 weeks
unlimited renewals


2 hour,
overnight ok
24 hour

72 hour

 

4 hours,
overnight ok

7 days
renew in person or by phone 

Yes

Yes

Graduates

1 year
rotating due date unlimited renewals

1 year
rotating due date unlimited renewals


2 hour,
overnight ok
24 hour

72 hour

 

4 hours,
overnight ok

7 days
renew in person or by phone 

Yes

Yes

Faculty & Staff

1 year
and/or same as exp. date on library card unlimited renewals

1 year
and/or same as exp. date on library card unlimited renewals


2 hour,
overnight ok
24 hour

72 hour
(longer on request)

 

4 hours,
overnight ok


Faculty:

7 days
renew online, 
in person or by phone 


Staff:

7 days
renew in person or by phone 

Yes

Yes

Courtesy

3 weeks
unlimited renewals

3 weeks
unlimited renewals

None

None

Library Use Only

UCSC NRLF Only

Cruzcat
Melvyl
Only

Alumni, Friends of the Library

3 weeks
unlimited renewals

3 weeks
unlimited renewals

None

None

Library Use Only

UCSC NRLF Only

Proquest

For more detailed patron information, please refer to the Patron Borrowing Categories page. 

For information about our video game collection and space, visit our Video Games Collection page.

For more detailed information about borrowing from the Media desk in the David Kirk Digital Scholarship Commons, please refer to the Media Desk policies page.

Library Borrower Responsibilities

  • The borrower is responsible for all material checked out to his or her account until the material is returned.
  • The Library strongly encourages patrons who know they will be outside of the UCSC campus area for more than two weeks to return all library material. 
  • Borrowers are expected to follow the University Library's Rules of Conduct.
  • Each borrower must present a photo ID each time material is checked out.
  • Please report lost or stolen library cards.
  • Library privileges are non-transferable.  

Privacy Notices

 The State of California Information Practices Act of 1977 (effective July 1, 1978) requires the University to provide the following information to individuals who are asked to supply information about themselves.

 The University Library requests your information for the principal purpose of processing your application for library privileges. The California Public Records Act and the California Information Practices Act both recognize the need of the University to gather information to conduct business necessary to the administration of the University.

Furnishing specifically designated information is mandatory in order to obtain library privileges - failure to provide such information will delay or may even prevent completion of the action for which the library card application form is being filled out. The information on the application form may be shared with campus, University, State, and/or Federal agencies in accordance with applicable regulations, laws, or business needs.

Individuals have the right to review their own records in accordance with University personnel policy, collective bargaining agreements, and the California Information Practices Act.

Information on applicable policies and agreements can be obtained from the Chancellor’s Office, Academic Human Resources, or University of California Office of the President. 

State Privacy Policy

The State of California Information Practices Act of 1977 requires that the University notify borrowers about the Library's privacy policy.

The Library requests the following information from its borrowers:

  • address
  • email address
  • phone number

This information is required to obtain library privileges. The Library keeps this information confidential.

The Library notifies borrowers of this policy during the Library Card registration process.

UCOP Policy on Access to UC Library Collections by External Users