Borrowing Books and Media

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Borrowing Books and Media

Welcome all CSUSM faculty, staff, students and other users to the University Library. Borrowing privileges for groups are listed below and in the campus catalog. 

Other users:

Alumni Association Member, Community Borrower, Mira Costa and Palomar Community Colleges, other CSUs privileges:

  • Borrowed items must be returned to CSUSM Library
  • A maximum of ten (10) items may be borrowed at one time, Including four (4) media items
  • Books may be renewed twice; media items may be renewed once
  • Overdue books are fined 0.25 per day, per item; lost book fee is 71.71 per item
  • Overdue media items are fined 1.00 per day, per item; lost or damaged media items are charged a replacement fee
  • Databases are available at the stand-up computers in the library and not available outside of the library
  • Group Study Rooms are for CSUSM student use only

CSUSM Alumni member must provide proof of current Alumni membership status, card or letter from the Alumni Association

Community Borrower cards are available for $30.00. Please visit the Community Borrowers page for more information

Community Colleges: Mira Costa and Palomar, provide their current community college campus ID card to borrow items

Other CSUs provide a current Alumni or campus ID card to borrow items

Loan Periods

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

  • 13 weeks for faculty
  • 13 weeks for graduate students
  • 4 weeks for undergraduate students
  • 13 weeks for staff
  • 4 weeks for all other users

Periodicals and reference items do not circulate

DVDs, CDs, videos are located in the Media Library and check out for one week

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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

Media item limit is four (4) of each format

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Items may be renewed two times online, in-person at the Circulation desk or by phone 760/750-4348

Media can be renewed one time online, in-person at the Circulation desk or by phone 760/750-4370

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Request items

All library users with CSUSM borrowing privleges and in good standing may request available library items. These items will be retrieved by library staff and held for pick-up under the borrowers name at the circulation desk. Items will be held for one week before being reshelved.

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 request from the library webpage.

Overdue Fines

Overdue fees are $0.25 per day (Max. $25.00) per item.

Media Items
Overdue fees for circulating media items are $1.00 per day.

Media Equipment
Overdue fees for media equipment are $5.00 per day, per item.

Lost/Damaged charge per item:

  • CSUSM items $71.71 (excluding media)
  • Media items replacement cost
  • San Diego Circuit items $140.00
  • Interlibrary Loan items replacement cost

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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 -- includes CSUSM, Circuit and Interlibrary Loan items
  • 15 requests per week for Interlibrary Loan

Check Out Periods

  • CSUSM 13 weeks items (excluding media) with 2 renewals
  • Media items 1 week with 1 renewal
  • San Diego Circuit items 4 weeks with 2 renewals
  • Interlibrary Loan the lending institution determines loan period generally 2-3 weeks with the possibility of one renewal


Faculty and administrators are responsible for the timely return of library materials. Items not renewed or returned by the due date are overdue. A hold will be placed on the library record of anyone who has overdue items and billed 21 days after due date. Library privileges will be suspended until the item is returned.

Lost/Damaged charge per item:

  • CSUSM item $59.46 (excluding media)
  • Media item replacement cost
  • San Diego Circuit item $140.00
  • Interlibrary Loan item $71.71

Be advised that material checked out will be on the faculty member's / administrator's library record. Overdue notices, bills or suspension of privileges will appear on the faculty member's/administrator's library record.

Teaching Assistants/Support Staff

Faculty and administrators may grant their teaching assistants or support staff permission to check out items in their name. A written consent form (PDF, 38K) must be filled out each semester. ID will be required at each checkout to verify that the teaching assistant or support staff is the one allowed this privilege.

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(760) 750-4348
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