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Checking Out Materials

Users should visit the Information Desk inside the Library to check out any library materials. Any materials requested will be held behind the Information Desk for 2 weeks. 
For students, faculty, and staff, a valid University ID (or Driver's License) is required to check out library materials. Located on the back of the University ID is the Concordia University Library Barcode, a 14-digit number. Students, faculty, and staff may obtain or replace a University ID card at the Card Services Office located in Meyer Hall 124.

Courtesy borrowing privileges can be obtained for alumni, neighbors, and Lutheran pastors. These library cards may be obtained at the Information Desk in the Library. On the Community & Alumni webpage learn more about Courtesy Borrowing.

Mailing Materials to Distance Users

For students, faculty, and staff residing outside of the Twin Cities Metro area, materials can be mailed to your home upon request; it is then your personal responsibility to return the materials to the Concordia library through the U.S. postal service. 

Students, faculty, and staff must contact the library if they would like their physical materials mailed to them. They can reply to the Hold Shelf Notice email or contact the library via phone, chat or email. They need to provide us with an address. We do not ship internationally. 

Loan Period for Materials

Students, Faculty and Staff as well as Courtesy Borrowers can checkout materials for the same amount of time.

Location (Collection) Names Loan Period

Main Collection - Lower Level; Juvenile Collections; Oversize Collection; Leisure Reading Collection; Hmong Center Collection; Music Collections; Curriculum Collections

Initial: 120 days
Maximum: 150 days
Audio Collection; Video Resources Collection Initial: 60 days
Maximum: 90 days
Equipment Collections 3 Hours, 3 Days, 7 Days, 14 Days
No renewals
Faculty & Staff: Bookable (Maximum: 30 days)
Reserve Collections  3 Hours, 3 Days, 7 Days
No renewals

Periodicals, Remote Storage Periodicals, Reference Collections; Special Collections & Archives

Non-circulating, In-house/Digitization Only

For materials requested from another library using Interlibrary Loan the loan periods are set by the lending library.

Due Date & Renewing Materials

Users can see the due date of materials and request renewals via your library account. Library materials can be renewed from the date of the original loan until they reach a maximum loan period. 

Materials can be renewed online by logging into OneSearch with your CSP username and password. Once you are logged in, select your name in the top right-hand corner, and go to My Library Account. There you can renew materials from the Loans section. 

Returning Materials

Users have the following options for returning library materials:

  1. In the book drop box, immediately inside the Library's front doors during the hours the Library is open.
  2. To another library (public or academic) that is open and accepting returns.
  3. Hold onto the materials until the campus/Library is more generally accessible to you.
  4. By mailing them to the following address. The Library will not pay for return postage.

Attn: Library Services
Concordia University, Saint Paul
1282 Concordia Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55104

Lost or Damaged Materials

Users are responsible for any materials borrowed from the Concordia University Library and Interlibrary Loan. Overdue notices are sent 7 days, 21 days, and 28 days after the due date of most materials. On the 28th day overdue, the materials are considered “Lost.” At this point, the user will receive a Lost notice email. 

The user is never charged for a Lost item nor is their account blocked in any way. We encourage you to return “Lost” or damaged materials no matter the condition. Rest assured, you will not be charged for the materials.

Purchase Request Form

Have recommendations for a book you think we should purchase for the library? Let us know by completing a Purchase Request form. If the book is added to the collection we'll let you know!