Borrow, Renew, Return

Learn how to borrow, request, mail, renew, and return Saint Mary’s library materials.

Borrowing

All Saint Mary’s students, faculty, and staff can check out materials. For information on due dates and renewals, expand the toggles below.

Faculty & Staff
Material Borrowing Period Max Loan Period Max Items Renewals
Books 120 days 2 years Unlimited Automated
DVDs 120 days 1 year Unlimited Automated
Reference Librarian discretion Librarian discretion Librarian discretion Librarian discretion
Newspapers In library use only N/A N/A N/A
Archives and Special Collections In library use only N/A N/A N/A

How to Check Out Materials

You can check out materials from Saint Mary’s Libraries using your Saint Mary’s ID card.

Doctoral Students
Material Checkout Period Max Loan Max Items Renewals
Books 120 days 2 years Unlimited Automated
DVDs 120 days 1 year Unlimited Automated
Newspapers In library use only N/A N/A N/A
Reference In library use only N/A N/A N/A
Archives and Special Collections In library use only N/A N/A N/A

How to Check Out Materials

You can check out materials by placing a hold or by bringing materials to the library desk, where we will ask you to verify your home address.

How to Request an ID Card

You do not need a student ID card to check out materials. However, if you would like one, so you can receive discounted student prices at movie theaters, museums, and other businesses, you can request an ID card.

Graduate Students
Material Checkout Period Max Loan Max Items Renewals
Books 60 days 1 year Unlimited Student request
DVDs 60 days 1 year Unlimited Student request
Reference In library use only N/A N/A N/A
Newspapers In library use only N/A N/A N/A
Archives and Special Collections In library use only N/A N/A N/A

How to Check Out Materials

You can check out materials by placing a hold or by bringing materials to the library desk, where we will ask you to verify your home address.

How to Request an ID Card

You do not need a student ID card to check out materials. However, if you would like one, so you can receive discounted student prices at movie theaters, museums, and other businesses, you can request an ID card.

Undergraduate Students (Winona)
Material Checkout Period Max Loan Period Max Items Renewals
Books 28 days 60 days 25 items max Student Request
DVDs 7 days 7 days 5 items max No renewals
Reference In library use only N/A N/A N/A
Newspapers In library use only N/A N/A N/A
Archives and Special Collections In library use only N/A N/A N/A

How to Check Out Materials

You can check out materials from Saint Mary’s Libraries using your Saint Mary’s ID card.

Undergraduate Students (Twin Cities and Online)
Material Checkout Period Max Loan Max Items Renewals
Books 60 days 1 year Unlimited Student request
DVDs 60 days 1 year Unlimited Student request
Reference In library use only N/A N/A N/A
Newspapers In library use only N/A N/A N/A
Archives and Special Collections In library use only N/A N/A N/A

How to Check Out Materials

You can check out materials by placing a hold or by bringing materials to the library desk, where we will ask you to verify your home address.

How to Request an ID Card

You do not need a student ID card to check out materials. However, if you would like one, so you can receive discounted student prices at movie theaters, museums, and other businesses, you can request an ID card.

Community Members

Winona State

Currently enrolled Winona State University students and faculty can borrow Saint Mary’s library materials using their University ID cards.

Saint Mary’s Press & Cotter High School

Saint Mary’s Press staff as well as Cotter High School students and faculty may request guest privileges by contacting Laura Oanes, Library Director, at 507-457-6909 or loanes@smumn.edu.

Requesting

Holds

You can place a hold on Saint Mary’s items in the catalog, even for items that are currently unavailable. To place a hold:

  1. Enter search terms into the library catalog.
  2. Select your desired title.
  3. Filter the results to your desired library by selecting the Twin Cities Library or Winona Library checkbox.
  4. Select Sign In.
  5. Log in with your Saint Mary’s username and password.
  6. Select Place Hold.
  7. Select your desired pick-up location.
  8. Select Send Request.
  9. Success! We will email you when the item is ready to pick up.
    Note: If the item is checked out, there will be a delay until the item is returned.
Recalls

When an item is requested by another person, you will be asked to return it. Please be sensitive to the needs of others and return the book as soon as you are finished with it. If an instructor needs the item for course reserves, you will need to return it immediately.

Borrow from Other Libraries

If we do not own the item you need, you can request it from another library through Interlibrary Loan.

Suggest a Purchase

If we do not own the item you need and you think it would be useful for other Saint Mary’s Libraries users, you can suggest a purchase. We appreciate your recommendations!

Mailing

Can’t get to campus to pick up library materials? Don’t worry—we can ship anything you need to your home address for free. Email us to request that an item be mailed to your home. Then, all you’re responsible for is returning the item.

Renewing

  1. Select My Account from the top of the Libraries website.
  2. Log in using your Saint Mary’s username and password.
  3. Select Loans to see a list of items checked out to you.
  4. Select Renew. The system will either renew the loan and display the new due date or will display a message explaining why the loan could not be renewed. If the due date does not change, the item has not been renewed. Troubleshooting: If there is no option to renew your item, contact us.

Returning

Drop Off

You may return Saint Mary’s library materials to whichever location is more convenient. See instructions below.

Twin Cities Library

Return materials to the library desk or to the book drop in the rear entrance of LaSalle Hall. Note: You can only drop off materials when the La Salle Hall building is open.

Winona Library

When the library is closed, return materials to the library book drop at the front of the library. When the library is open, drop materials off at the Circulation Desk.

Mail

You may also ship your library materials in a padded mailer or box via UPS or USPS to either location.

Twin Cities Library

Address
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Attn: Library
2500 Park Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404-4403

Winona Library

Address
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Attn: Library #26
700 Terrace Heights
Winona, MN 55987-1320

Lost in Mail

You will be charged replacement fees for items lost via mail, regardless of whether you or a library staff member shipped the items. To learn more, see the overdue, lost, and damaged items.

Questions?

Contact us. We’re happy to help!

See Also

My Account