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Borrowing Periods



Borrowing Periods

Faculty & Staff
Community Members
Books 28 Days 90 Days 28 Days* 21 Days**
DVDs and CDs 14 Days 14 Days 14 Days* 7 Days**
Laptops 4 Hours 4 Hours N/A N/A

Digital Cameras
(Flip video or point-and-shoot)

7 Days 7 Days N/A N/A
Voice Recorders 7 Days 7 Days N/A N/A
Calculators 4 Hours 4 Hours N/A N/A
Interlibrary Loans (ILL) 21 Days 21 Days 21 Days* N/A

* limit 5 of each item

** combined 5 item limit

Journals and reference materials cannot be checked out, except by faculty.

Study rooms are available on the first and second floor of the St. Paul campus library. They hold 2 to 8 people and can be checked out for 4-hour blocks of time. Students or faculty can reserve rooms up to 2 weeks in advance online or by calling (651) 793-1616 or (651) 793-1634.

Accessibility equipment such as Victor Vibes, Streams and other recording and audio playback devices are available for checkout. Contact the Library or Disability Services office for details.


Renewals of Metro State Items

Most items checked out at Metro State can be renewed online, in person, over the phone or by email. Books, DVDs, and CDs can be renewed twice. Study rooms, laptops and calculators must be renewed in person. Study rooms can be renewed until someone else requests or books the room. There are no renewals on cameras or voice recorders.

Renewals for Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Items

Renewals for items borrowed from other libraries are dependent on the policies and needs of the other library.

Generally, only one renewal is allowed on ILL materials. However, there is no guarantee that the lending library will permit any renewal of the material. In order to avoid late charges, please place an online renewal request for ILLs at least 7 days prior to the existing due date.

Additional renewals are possible in certain circumstances. If you need your ILL item for more than one renewal period, contact the Interlibrary Loan Department.


Fines for Overdue Items are assessed at the following rates:

For items owned by Metropolitan State:

Books - $5 late fee per item
$55 minimum replacement cost

Videos/ DVDs/ CDs - $5 late fee per item
$300 replacement cost

Study rooms - 0.10 cents per minute
up to maximum of $6.00

Laptops - late return may result in monetary fines.

Failure to return laptop equipment will result in overdue fines, repair charges not to exceed $200, academic holds, or replacement cost not to exceed $1200.

Cameras - $25 per day
replacement charge if lost or damaged

Voice Recorders - $10 per day
replacement charge if lost or damaged

For all items obtained through interlibrary loan:
$10 late fee
$55 minimum replacement cost
(this cost will be determined by the lending library)

Fines can be paid by cash or check at the second floor circulation desk of the Saint Paul campus library, or by mail to

Library and Learning Center
700 East Seventh Street
Attn: Fines Department
Saint Paul, MN  55106

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