Borrow, Renew, Return

Learn how to borrow, renew, and return library materials, or use our other Research Resources.

Borrow Library Materials

Use the SearchWorks library catalog to find items available at Stanford. While access to library buildings is limited, you can request many items in SearchWorks and pick up at the library of your choice.

Go to My Library Account to see your checkouts and items you have requested for pickup. You can also renew items and pay fines and fees. See Material Loan Periods.

Request Checked Out Materials

Recalls are currently not available. If you request an item that is currently checked out, that will place a hold and the due date will not be shortened.

Checked out materials can be requested (or “recalled”) by another patron at any time, which will shorten the item’s due date. If an item you have is recalled, you will get an email with the new due date. Items that have been recalled are subject to fines if they are turned in late.

To recall an item currently checked out to another patron, use the Request button in the SearchWorks catalog. You will get an email when it is ready to pick up. Or you can request an Interlibrary Loan and we will borrow the item from other libraries outside Stanford.

Renew Library Materials

Most items, except for reserves and equipment, can be renewed, unless they have been requested or recalled by another person. Renewal limits vary by item type and affiliation. You can renew materials online (except for reserve items) or contact us for assistance.

Return Library Materials

Drop off materials in the book return outside of the Bass Center or one of the other locations on campus.