Borrowing Materials

A valid Boise State University Photo ID card is required to check materials out from the library. Borrowing materials creates a contract with the Albertsons Library that you will return materials on time and in good condition. Loan Periods

Category Regular Loans Media Loans Journal Loans Fines Limits
Undergraduates 28 days 7 days 1 day unbound; 1 week bound Reserves:
$2/day; $10.00 max.
Recalls:
$1/day recall; $10 max
100 items
Graduates, Honors end-of-semester 7 days 2 days unbound; 1 week bound Reserves:
$2/day; $10.00 max.
Recalls:
$1/day recall; $10 max
250 items
Faculty, Staff one year 7 days 2 days unbound; 1 week bound N/A 1000 items
Special Borrowers* 28 days 7 days none .25/day; $10 max 10 items

* Idaho citizens 18 years or older; high school students obtain privileges through local high school librarian.

Lost Books: Lost replacement charges are $75.00. Books are considered 'Lost' after 40 days. Patrons receive one 'courtesy notice' before the item is due and two overdue notices. The library cannot accept replacements for lost material. If an item is returned after it has been billed, the cost of the item will be waived.

Interlibrary Loan items: Items procured via Interlibrary Loan belong to another library. At the third overdue notice (30 days), the item will be considered lost. Lost replacement charges are $75.00 plus non-refundable $25 processing fee. The library cannot accept replacements for lost Interlibrary Loan material.

Renewals: Four loan periods unless a recall / hold has been placed on the item or the materials are required for Reserves.

  1. In Person: Stop by either the Main Desk on the first floor or the Curriculum Resource Center (CRC) on the second floor.
  2. By Phone: Main Desk (208) 426-1204; CRC (208) 426-3605
  3. Online via the Online Catalog:
    • From the Albertsons Library homepage, select the Your Library Account link.
    • Log in to your account using your my.BoiseState user name and password.
    • Select the materials you want to renew by checking the box next to the item.
    • Select the "Renew Items" button at the bottom of your list
    • Scan down your list of items to verify that the system was able to renew the selected materials.

Holds:

  1. A hold can be placed using the library catalog and the Hold/Request button.
  2. Also, if a needed book is checked out, a hold may be placed on it by presenting a Boise State photo identification card to a circulation, CRC, or reference desk attendant. When the book is returned, the person initiating the hold is notified and the book(s) is held for a maximum of 8 days at the circulation desk.

Recalls: Books may be recalled from another campus borrower after being checked out for two weeks. In all cases Boise State students and faculty have priority over other borrowers. Special Borrowers may not recall items.

Proxies:  Proxy status may be granted to students with an instructor's permission that allows them to checkout material in the instructor's name and for a faculty loan period. Forms are available at the Circulation counter or here.

Return Policy & Overdue Fines

Return Policy:  Books may be returned in the book drops at the end of the ramp west of the Library's front doors, the bookdrop at the end of the Circulation counter, or may be given to staff at the counter. A drive-up book drop may also be found in front of the Hemingway Center accessible from the Liberal Arts parking lot. 

Notices:  Overdue notices will be e-mailed. Three (3) days prior to the due date, a courtesy notice will be sent. The first overdue notice will be sent 7 days after the due date, followed by a second notice 15 days after the due date.

Fines:  Fines or fees are payable at the library Circulation Desk by cash, check, or credit card.

Refunds:  If lost and paid for materials are returned within six months, a refund may be issued. Please ask to speak with a supervisor at the Circulation desk.