General Circulation & Interlibrary Loan

Borrowing Privileges

Borrowers' Responsibility

Patrons are responsible to inform Access Services of changes in mailing addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses to facilitate receiving notices on incoming interlibrary loan & Summit requests, overdue items, recalls and holds.

  • If you are a student, also inform the Registrar's office of any contact information changes.
  • If you are a faculty or staff member, make sure that Human Resources also has your correct information.

Patrons are responsible for materials checked out on their cards and for returning library materials by the due date/time indicated.


Replacement fees for lost items

Puget Sound Items

  • Replacement fee - $90 or the at cost price of the item

Summit Items

  • Replacement fee: $90

Interlibrary Loan Items (Tipasa)

  • Replacement fee: $90 or lending library's cost of item


Renewals, Returns, & Recalls


  • Most items may be renewed.

Note: You may not be eligible for renewals if:

  • the item is not a renewable item.
  • the item is exceedingly overdue.
  • the item has been recalled.
  • you have exceeded the renewal limit for your patron type.

You may renew items in person, by telephone, or online by clicking on the "My Account" link in Primo, the library catalog.

  • If renewing online, log onto Primo, our library's catalog and click the "My Account" link in the upper-right corner.
  • If renewing in person, please have valid identification ready for the desk assistant.
  • If renewing by telephone, please have the barcode from your library card ready to tell the desk assistant.


  • Return Puget Sound items to the library. You may use the book drops which are located at the entrance of the library and at the Circulation desk in the library.
  • Note: All equipment and other Technology Services materials must be returned to the Tech Center on the ground floor of the library.
  • Note: All CES materials must be returned to Career and Employment Services located in Howarth 101.


  • Puget Sound books that have a loan period of 6 weeks (and have been in use for at least 3 weeks) can be recalled by patrons by placing a hold on the item.
    • PLEASE NOTE: Before placing a hold on the item, please check Summit to see if there are any available copies.  You may be able to get it sooner.
  • All items are subject to immediate recall for Course Reserve or Bookings purposes.  
  • If items are needed for research, try ordering via Summit or Interlibrary Loan.


Summit Borrowing Policies include:

  • Must be currently student, faculty or staff at a member institution. Borrowing from Summit is free for authorized users.
  • Loan periods and renewals
    • Most items are checked out for 6 weeks.
    • Special materials such as DVDs, videotapes, and sound recordings may be available for a 6-day or 6-week borrowing period if the owning library elects to make this option available.
    • Summit items cannot be renewed.  We suggest requesting another copy of the item during the 5th week of the loan so you can the original copy while the 2nd copy is on its way to you.
  • Materials borrowed through Summit can be returned to Collins library, the owning library, or any Alliance member library.
  • Replacement costs and administrative fees will be charged for lost or damaged items.


Confidentiality of Records:

  • The University of Puget Sound respects the privacy of all its students, faculty, staff and affiliated patrons regarding the use of its library. All library records relating to an individual patron's use of the library and its resources are considered confidential. Confidentiality extends to information sought or received, and materials consulted, borrowed or acquired and includes such records as circulation records, interlibrary loan records, reference interviews, database search records, Internet use history, and other personally identifiable records of the use of library materials, facilities and services.
  • The library staff shall not release the name of a person to whom a book is charged, past circulation records (including interlibrary loan and course reserves) personal information contained in circulation patron records, or otherwise identify users of any library services, including users of computer terminals on the library premises.
  • Library records may, however, be consulted and used by University of Puget Sound library staff in the course of conducting library operations, and may be disclosed pursuant to the requirements of Federal, state and local laws, including law enforcement subpoenas, court orders or search warrants.


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