Borrow & Request

Learn what you can borrow, how long you can keep it, all of your options for getting books and more.

**Direct borrowing for University of Pittsburgh users and special borrowers is currently suspended and access to the libraries is restricted to CMU affiliates only. Materials can however be requested through your local library or home institution’s Interlibrary loan service. Please see your local library or home institution for more information on this.**


Current CMU students, faculty and staff must present a valid CMU ID to borrow materials.

All others must purchase a Special Borrower card from the Hunt Library main circulation desk. **currently suspended**

University of Pittsburgh students, faculty and staff with a valid University of Pittsburgh ID may also borrow materials. **currently suspended**

Who can borrow and for how long?

Carnegie Mellon University faculty may authorize another person (Carnegie Mellon University staff or student) to check out materials from the library on their behalf. To designate a proxy, please complete the Proxy Borrower Application form.

Borrowing Technology

**Attention: The Multimedia Lending Desk is open Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed Saturday/Sunday.
Items can only be checked out/checked in during these times.**

The Libraries has a growing collection of multimedia and technology devices available for you to borrow. You will need your CMU ID card to borrow any device. Most devices require that you submit a Multimedia Borrowing Agreement form before borrowing.

Renew Materials

Many CMU materials can be renewed online by following these directions:

  1. Click on My Account.
  2. Log in using your Andrew ID and password.
  3. Click on your name.
  4. Choose “My Loans.”
  5. Select the items you wish to renew.
  6. Verify that your items have been successfully renewed.

If you receive an error, please contact us for further assistance.

Please request renewals for Interlibrary Loan books (requests from another institution) through your ILLiad account. Renewals of Interlibrary Loan materials are not guaranteed.


If an item's location is "Offsite Storage- BY REQUEST," you'll need to request that we get it for you from our storage facility.

To request an item from offsite storage:

  1. Sign in to your library account
  2. Search for the item in Books & More.
  3. Click on the item title in the results list.
  4. In the item record, click on Request.
  5. Choose a pick-up library from the drop-down menu.
  6. Click Submit.

You'll be notified via email when the item is ready for you to pick up.

Request from Other Libraries

If you need access to materials that CMU does not own, you may be able to request materials from other institutions using the following services:

  • ILLiad: Request books, articles, theses and more! (First time users will be asked to register before requesting items)
  • E-ZBorrow: Request books from 50+ participating academic libraries. Turnaround is typically 3-5 business days.

Both services require you to use your Andrew ID and password to log in (for E-Z Borrow, you can also log in using your 9-digit CMU ID number). You will be notified by email when your materials are ready for pick up.


ITEM Fine Amount Lost/Damaged Charges
Books 25¢ / a day fines + replacement cost + $25 processing fee
Book recalls after recall due date 50¢ / a day
Course reserves 50¢ / an hour fines + replacement cost + $50 rush processing fee
iPads and Music gadgets (AirTurn foot pedals) $10 / a day fines + replacement cost + $25 processing fee
Journals 50¢ / an hour fines + replacement cost + $25 processing fee
Multimedia equipment $25 every 24 hours fines + replacement cost
*fines go to SIO account and cannot be paid at Libraries
Tech gadgets (calculators, phone chargers, Mac chargers, USBs) 50¢ / an hour fines + replacement cost + $25 processing fee


In some cases, outstanding fines, un-returned items, or outstanding bills may lead to a block on your account. Users with blocked accounts are unable to borrow or request items until the issue with their account is resolved.


Another user has recalled an item you have checked out You have 14 days to return an item once you receive an email notification. Please return the item to a circulation desk.
You have overdue fines CMU affiliates: Your fines exceed $25 or you have 10 overdue items.
Non-CMU affiliates: Your fines exceed $0 and/or you have overdues items.
You have overdue Course Reserves Course Reserves cannot be removed from the library. If you remove a Course Reserve item or fail to return it after 2 hours, your account will be blocked until you return the item to the circulation desk.
Suggest a Purchase Want to let us know about something you think we should add to the collection? Fill out this form.



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