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Borrowing Privileges:
   Alumni Association Members

With some exceptions, library materials may be used within the library by anyone. If you wish to take items outside the library, you must apply for borrowing privileges.


You may apply for privileges at the Norlin Circulation desk during regular hours.  Proof of current Alumni Association membership is required, as well as a photo ID. Alumni Association members must also be Colorado residents to get a library card.


Once registered, the photo ID will serve as your library card. You must present your photo ID every time you check out library materials. Your library privileges are valid for one year.

Books circulate to Alumni Association members for 28 days (four weeks) with the exception of short-period loan items. Alumni may have up to 20 items checked out on their account. A maximum of five Reserve items may be borrowed simultaneously.

Alumni are not eligible for either Interlibrary Loan or Prospector privileges through the University of Colorado, Boulder. Most public libraries and all academic libraries offer interlibrary loan services to their patrons. Some Colorado public & academic libraries are members of Prospector. Please ask your local public or academic library about services and policies.

"My Chinook," a feature located on the Chinook Catalog main page, serves as an access point to your library account. In My Chinook, you may renew your own books, place or cancel holds, create preferred searches, and use other Chinook services. You will need a PIN Code in order to use this program.

If you do not currently have a PIN, leave the PIN field blank and submit your request. You will then be asked to create your own PIN.


If you should forget your PIN number, have problems creating one, or your PIN does not work, please come to the Circulation Desk in Norlin Library and bring your picture ID. Even though we cannot see your existing PIN number, we can delete it for you so that you can then create a new one. Some circulation desks in branch libraries can also do this.

Most books may be renewed for an unlimited number of times, unless recalled by another patron. Books may be renewed in any of the following ways:

in person at the Circulation desk, or


by phone at 303-492-7477, or


by e-mail at norcirc@colorado.edu.

Patrons may renew their own books by using the My Chinook option in Chinook. However, if a recall has been placed on a title by another patron, the item may not be renewed.

A receipt is printed for all books checked out at one time, indicating the due date for each item. These dates may vary with item type. Effective July 1, 2005, there will NO FINES for most materials. Reserves, recalled books, and some special collections such as those housed in the Media library will still generate fines. Should you be billed for an item and later return it, there is a non-refundable service charge of $10.00 per item. Various notices will be sent out reminding you to renew or return your books before a bill is generated.

Email is the preferred method of communication, though for non University patrons ONLY, we will send notices by regular mail if an email address is not provided. Please note, however, that courtesy notices (sent out 3 days before items are due, alerting you to the fact that your books will be due soon) are sent only for those patrons who have provided us with an email address.


Overdue requested items

Per item


$40 maximum

Reserve circulation

2-, 4-, 24-, 72-hour items


$40 maximum

If a book is checked out to another patron, you may request that the Circulation staff recall it for you (advance the due date of the item and notify you when it is returned). If the book is due in more than two weeks, the due date is changed to 10 days from the time the recall was placed. When the item is returned, a notice is e-mailed to you indicating that it is available for pickup. You may also initiate a recall through Chinook by using the Recall/Hold button.


If a book checked out to you is requested by another borrower, you will be notified by e-mail of the adjusted due date. This new due date is the latest that you can return materials before your library account is blocked. As long as there is a recall on the book you cannot renew it.

If you are unable to locate a book in the stacks and there is no record of its having been checked out, you may request that the Circulation staff search for the item. This usually takes several days. After the trace is completed, you will be notified by mail concerning the status of the book.

Circulation privileges will be revoked for anyone who has one or more overdue recalled books, or one or more billed items. Charges for books assumed lost and/or overdue fines will be referred to a collection agency as required by Colorado State Law, if unpaid 30 days after the bill due date.

Items assumed lost (90 days overdue in most cases; 30 days for short term checkouts such as bound journals) are billed for replacement at the following rates:


Bound Journals




Government Information

$ 50.00


If the item is returned, the replacement fee is waived and library privileges are automatically reinstated, but effective July 1, 2005, there will be non-refundable $10.00 service charge per item, to cover our billing costs. This service charge applies to ALL LIBRARY USERS.

During library hours, please return books to the appropriate library. After hours, you may use the outside book drops. We encourage patrons to obtain receipts for books returned to UCB Libraries.


We discourage returning our books to non-UCB Libraries as you may be held responsible if the book does not reach us.

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