Borrowing Books and Media

Borrowing Books and Media

We welcome all CSUSM faculty, staff, students and Other users to the University Library.

Borrowing privileges for groups other than current CSUSM users are listed below and in the campus catalog.

  • Borrowed items must be returned to the CSUSM Library
  • A maximum of ten (10) items may be borrowed at one time
  • Books and media may be renewed once
  • Lost or damaged items are billed the replacement cost and a nonrefundable $10.00 billing fee per item
  • Overdue item fine: books 0.25 per item, per day; media 1.00 per item, per day
  • Electronic resources, such as databases and ebooks, can only be accessed in person at the library guest computer. Electronic resources cannot be accessed remotely (outside of the Library)
  • Group Study Rooms are for CSUSM student use only

Please visit the Library 3rd floor Circulation & Reserves desk to apply for a library borrower card

  • CSUSM Alumni member with proof of current Alumni membership status
  • Community Borrower cards provide a picture ID
  • Community Colleges and Mutual users: Mira Costa, Palomar, UCSD and USD provide their current campus ID card
  • Other CSU Alumni members with current campus ID card


Loan Periods

Circulating library books may be checked out at the 3rd floor Circulation & Reserves desk

  • 365 days for faculty/staff
  • 16 weeks for graduate and undergraduate students
  • 30 days for all other users

           Periodicals and microform items do not circulate


  • 30 days: DVDs and CDs

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Loan Limits


  • 100 for faculty
  • 40 for graduate students
  • 30 for undergraduate students
  • 30 for staff
  • 10 for all other users

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Items may be renewed one time online, in-person at the Circulation desk or by phone 760-750-4348

Media may be renewed one time online, in-person at the Circulation desk or by phone 760-750-4348

CSU+ and InterLibrary Loan no renewals
See Interlibrary Loan and CSU+ Borrowing


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Request items

All library users with CSUSM borrowing privileges may request available library items. These items will be pulled by library staff and held for pick-up under the borrowers name at the Circulation desk or in the 24/7 Library Lockers. Items will be held for 10 days before being re-shelved.

Most library items can be requested but there are some exceptions including: reserves, reference, periodicals, archives and some special collections. An email will be sent to the borrower when the item is ready for pick-up. To have items pulled please call the circulation desk at 760/750-4348 or place request directly from the library website.


Overdue Fines

CSUSM books and media

  • None for CSUSM students


  • $1.00 per hour or per loan period

Media Equipment

  • $1.00 per day, per item

Lost/Damaged charge per item:

  • CSUSM items replacement cost and nonrefundable $10.00 billing fee
  • Media items replacement cost and nonrefundable $10.00 billing fee
  • CSU+ item replacement charge is $90.00 and nonrefundable $10.00 billing fee
  • Interlibrary Loan items replacement cost and nonrefundable $10.00 billing fee

Paying Fines

  • All payments for library fines must be made online. CSUSM campus users can login to their library account and pay fines.
  • All users can pay in cash or by credit card at the Campus Cashiers Office (Cougar Central, Administration Bldg. 3800).

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Faculty and Administrator Borrowing Information

CSUSM Administrators are defined in this policy as Presidents, Vice Presidents, Associate Vice Presidents, Deans, and Directors.


With a current CSUSM ID faculty and administrators are allowed the following:

  • Borrow up to 100 items: CSUSM, CSU+ and Interlibrary Loan items
  • 15 Interlibrary Loan book or article requests per week

Loan Periods

  • CSUSM books: 365 days with 1 renewal
  • CSU+: 16 weeks, No renewal
  • Media items: 30 days with 1 renewal
  • Interlibrary Loan: the lending institution determines loan period, generally 2-3 weeks with the possibility of 1 renewal


Faculty and administrators are responsible for the timely return of library items and if not returned by the due date the items will be billed. Library privileges will be suspended until the items are returned.

Lost/Damaged charge per item:

  • CSUSM item: replacement cost
  • CSU+ item: $90.00
  • Media item: replacement cost
  • Interlibrary Loan item: replacement cost

Teaching Assistants/Support Staff

Faculty and administrators may grant their teaching assistants or support staff permission to check out items in their name. A proxy consent form (PDF, 38K) must be completed. Once the proxy user is set-up they will use their own ID card to borrow materials for the Faculty or Administrator.

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Library Services Desk:

Call: (760) 750-4348

We can be reached during the Library's operational hours. Please check the library website for hours.

Submit a Quick Question.

Library Services Desk staff will respond to your email within 24 hours.