Borrowing books and other materials


  • Up to 100 circulating books/person may be borrowed by students and staff for 8 weeks 
  • Faculty and administrative staff may borrow a book for the entire academic year.
  • Special loans for materials normally not circulating (such as reference books) may be negotiated. If you have specific questions contact the Circulation Desk, phone 570-389-4205 or email
  • The Library also has headphones which may be borrowed at the Circulation Desk for 2 hours for in-library use.

 Course Reserves

  • Reserves (sometimes called reserve readings) are materials kept in the Library that professors may require students to read, view, or use for class.
  • Reserves are kept behind the Circulation Desk on the 1st floor (see our floor plans) and must be requested by their title and reserve number/call number (if a library book).
  • Reserve materials are usually in high demand and thus may be used only for brief periods of time. Depending upon the professor's instructions, reserve material circulates for varying periods: 2 hours in the Library, 1 day, 3 days, or 7 days.
  • Use the >>Course Reserve search in Library Catalog<< to view a list of materials placed reserve by your professor
  • Instructions for finding and using course reserve materials

    • Click on the link above to access the Course Reserve search in the Library catalog
    • Change the search from Title to Course Name or Instructor and search.
    • Click on the title for the item you want.
    • Note the the item's location (Main Circulation Desk) and the call number. The call number will be either an "X" number (X 1693) or a call number if one of the library's books
    • Make a note of the number and ask for the reading by number at the Circulation Desk, presenting your BU ID card to check it out.
    • Be sure to return the item promptly when due as others may be waiting for it and overdue fines are $1.00/hour for reserves. You may photocopy or scan the pages you need. Ask at the Circulation Desk if questions.


  • Policy

    • Bloomsburg University students, faculty, and staff with borrowing privileges and no outstanding library fines may borrow a laptop computer for use in Andruss Library.
    • Laptops are available at the 1st floor Access Services/Circulation desk and must be checked out with a valid Bloomsburg University ID card. The borrowers' ID cards will be kept at the 1st floor desk and returned to them when laptops are returned.
    • Laptops are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and must be checked out in person.These laptops are for in-library use only; they may not leave the building. 
    • >>>Bloomsburg University Laptop Use Agreement form<<<must be read and signed by the borrower when a laptop is checked out, and the borrowed laptop will be inspected upon its return
    • The normal laptop loan period is 2 hours. Laptop loans may be renewed at the Access Services/Circulation desk, in person.
    • Users will be charged $5 an hour/each for overdue laptops and for overdue power adaptors. Laptops will be available until one (1) hour before the Library closes, at which time laptop circulation ends.
    • All laptops must be returned 30 minutes prior to closing or the borrower will receive a $25 fine and lose laptop borrowing privileges for the rest of the semester.


  • Borrower's Responsibilities
    • Borrowers are responsible for the laptops charged out to them. Laptops should never be left unattended. Borrowers will be charged for replacement costs if the laptop and/or its power adaptor is stolen, lost, or not returned.
    • Any unattended, borrowed laptops will be confiscated and returned to Access Services by Andruss Library staff, and the user will be denied future laptop borrowing privileges. 
    • The replacement cost for a laptop computer is $1,000 and $50 for a power adaptor. If a laptop is damaged, the borrower will be assessed for the actual repair costs. For technical problems using a laptop, borrowers may consult the Lab Tech at the 1st floor desk.
    • User files are automatically deleted when the computer is restarted as with all University computers, so users should back up their work. Save files to a USB flash drive or your ‘P’ drive, or send files to yourself as email attachments.

Returning books and other materials

Returning Materials

  • Please return all borrowed items to the Circulation Desk.
  • There is also an outside drop box in front of the library if you need to return items while the library is closed.

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