Borrow and renew

Borrow and renew

Patrons can check out materials by presenting their K-State ID or using their community patron library account at any library help desk. There is also a self-checkout machine available on the second floor of Hale Library.

K-State students, staff and faculty are eligible to borrow materials. Other users may be able to borrow materials through one of our other borrowing programs.

Get a community patron library account

Learn about reciprocal borrowing

Apply for visiting faculty borrowing privileges


How long can I borrow items?

General loan periods are determined by your category below. Items not returned by their due date may result in late fees.


Exceptions to the general loan periods include:

  • Journals printed after 2009: non-renewable 7 day loan period
  • Maps, DVDs and videotapes: 30 day loan period renewable 1 time
  • Course reserves: varies by item
  • Interlibrary loan materials: varies by item


Renewing materials

You may renew books in person at any library help desk or online in your library account. If your office or lab is on campus, you can also use our Renew It service.

You might not be able to renew an item if:

  • Your renewal limit is reached.
  • Your account is blocked due to lost materials.
  • An item is a reserve item or is a journal/periodical.
  • An item has been requested for course reserves.

You can request due date extensions for these items by contacting Library Help at (785) 532-3014 or by e-mail at

How to return books and materials

Most books can be returned at any library help desk or in a library book drop. In most cases, material borrowed from one campus library may be returned to any other campus library.

Return these items directly to a library help desk to avoid fines:

  • Course reserves: must be returned to the help desk from which they were checked out.
  • VHS, DVDs, CDs and maps

Book drop locations

  • Parking lot north of Dickens Hall (drive-through)
  • Sidewalk west of Hale Library, facing the English/Counseling Services building

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