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Learn about borrowing, renewing, and requesting materials from Neumann Library.
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Borrowing and Renewal Rules

Group

Items that can be checked out at a time

General & Government
Document Collections

Juvenile Collection, Theses, & Dissertations

Audiobooks

DVDs & Videos

Students - UHCL and other UH campuses No book limit
2 media
6 weeks,
1 renewal
3 weeks,
3 renewals
3 weeks,
3 renewals
3 weeks,
1 renewal
UHCL Thesis and Doctoral students No book limit
2 media
End of semester 3 weeks,
3 renewals
3 weeks,
3 renewals
3 weeks,
1 renewal
UH System Faculty (Current and retired) No book limit
10 media
Annual April 15th due date,
2 renewals
3 weeks,
3 renewals
3 weeks,
3 renewals
3 weeks,
1 renewal
UH System Staff (Current) No book limit
10 media
120 days,
2 renewals
3 weeks,
3 renewals
3 weeks,
3 renewals
3 weeks,
1 renewal
Adjunct faculty No book limit
2 media
End of semester 3 weeks,
3 renewals
3 weeks,
3 renewals
3 weeks,
1 renewal
Hawk Connection students 10 books 6 weeks,
1 renewal
3 weeks,
3 renewals
Not available Not available
TexShare cardholders 4 books 3 weeks,
3 renewals
3 weeks,
3 renewals
Not available Not available
Lunar & Planetary Institute Borrowers 4 books 6 weeks,
1 renewal
3 weeks,
3 renewals
Not available Not available
Lifetime UHCL Alumni 10 items total
2 media
6 weeks,
1 renewal
3 weeks,
3 renewals
3 weeks,
3 renewals
3 weeks,
1 renewal
Community Borrowers 6 items total
2 media
6 weeks,
1 renewal
3 weeks,
3 renewals
3 weeks,
3 renewals
3 weeks,
1 renewal
ELS students 6 items total
2 media
2 weeks,
no renewals

-Juvenile
2 weeks,
no renewals
-Theses &
Dissertations
not available

2 weeks,
no renewals
2 weeks,
no renewals
 

Renewal Policies & Procedures

Library items are available for renewal if:

  • Renewal limit on the item has not been reached
  • There are no outstanding holds on the item
  • The item has not been recalled
  • Your account has not been blocked due to billed items or excessive fines

Items can be renewed:

  • At the circulation desk by presenting your ID card
  • Online through the library catalog

Materials may not be renewed over the phone.

Renewing Books Online:

Log into your library account using your last name and your library barcode (barcode is 200 + your seven digit student ID number).  Once you are logged in, you can select individual items to renew or select "Renew All".

 

Fines

Calvin holding overdue library book Neumann Library charges fines for the following items:

  • 2-Hour Course Reserves: $0.50 per hour
  • 1, 3, & 7 day Course Reserves: $2.00 per day
  • Recalled items: $1.00 per day
  • Study Room Keys: $5.00 per hour

Overdue or recall notices are sent to your campus email address, or the email account in your library record (community borrowers).

Fines exceeding $10.00 will result in a loss of borrowing privileges.

Fines may be paid by cash or check.

Fines accrued for UH Central or UH Downtown items may not be paid at UHCL Library, even if they were checked out from UHCL.

 

Holds & Book Searches

Do you want to place a hold on an item so it will be ready for pickup when you come to the library? Follow these steps:

  1. Find the item you want in the library catalog.
  2. If the item is not held at UHCL, click Request.
  3. Log in with your last name and library barcode.
  4. Select the library where you wish to pick up the item.

You will be notified via email when the book has been retrieved and placed on hold.

Book Searches:

If a book you need is not where it should be, let us know!  We can search for it for you.

To report a book missing:

  1. Find the book you want in the library catalog.
  2. Click Report an Item Missing.
  3. Select the copy that you cannot locate.
  4. Enter your name, student ID, email, and phone number.

Library staff will search for the book. We will contact you if it is found.

 

Recalls

A recall may occur if there are outstanding holds on an item that has been checked out for an extended period of time.

Recalled items cannot be renewed and accrue fines of $1.00 per day after their due date.

Most items are subject to recall after six weeks. DVDs, audiobooks, and juvenile items are subject to recall after three weeks. These are only guidelines; there may be exceptions.

If an item you have checked out is recalled, you will receive an email notification.

  • If the item has no renewals, the due date stays the same and fines will not accrue until that date.
  • If the item has been renewed one or more times, the due date for the item may change.  The email you receive will notify you of the new due date.
 

Lost/Unreturned Library Items

Overdue items are billed to the patron's account three weeks after due date.  Billed items will result in a loss of borrowing privileges and a block on UHCL student or employee records.

The charge for billed items is the price of the item plus a $10.00 processing fee.  Payment for lost items must be by cash or check.

Returning items after they have been billed will clear your account of the fees for the item, but will not clear overdue fines for Course Reserves, Media, or recalled items.

If you pay for a lost/billed item, and then locate it, you may still return it to the library up to one year after payment date.  The cost of the item will be refunded, but not the $10.00 processing fee.

 

Return Library Items

You can return library items at:

  • The Neumann Library circulation desk
  • The UHCL Pearland Campus Library service desk
  • The book drop located next to the Neumann Library entrance
  • The book drop located outside the Bayou Building entrance closest to the student parking lot
  • Any other library in the University of Houston system
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