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. Proxy services for faculty are also available. Other users may be able to borrow materials through one of our borrowing programs.

Get a community patron library account

Learn about reciprocal borrowing

Apply for visiting scholars 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 in Weigel Library of APDesign printed after 2009: non-renewable, seven-day loan period
  • Maps, DVDs and videotapes: 30-day loan period renewable once
  • Course reserves: varies by item
  • Interlibrary loan materials: varies by item

Learn about fines and fees

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 email at

Learn about the Renew It program


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


Patron registration and circulation records are exempt from the Open Records Law (K.S.A. 45-221 (23)). All outside inquiries regarding access to patron records will be referred to the Office of the University Attorney. Records will only be released upon receipt of a valid court order or subpoena authorized under federal, state or local law.

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