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Borrowing Privileges:
      Friends of the Libraries

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 Patron Accounts window next to the Norlin Circulation desk, Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or at the Circulation desk itself after regular business hours. Proof of current Friends of the Libraries membership is required.


Once registered, your driver's license or any 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. Friends in good standing may renew their privileges on a year-by-year basis.

Books circulate to Friends (Silver Membership) for 28 days (four weeks) with the exception of short-period loan items. Friends (Silver Membership) may have up to 50 items checked out on their account. A maximum of five Reserve items may be borrowed simultaneously.

You may check the due dates of the items you have checked out through "My Chinook" on the Chinook main page. If you have renewal privileges, you may renew your items there if they have not been recalled. Some patron types have a limited number of renewals. Journals cannot be renewed. You will need a PIN in order to use this program.


If you are a UCB student, use your University assigned PIN. If you are not a student, 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 University 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 University 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.

Books may be renewed an unlimited number of times for an additional 28 days in person at the Circulation Desk or by phone at 492-7477. 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 which indicates the due date for each item. These dates may vary with item type. The library sends one overdue notice as a courtesy reminder. Failure to receive a notice does not waive liability for fines. All library communication with regular students is via e-mail. The University recognizes e-mail as the official mode of communication for the Campus. Non-students will receive notices by mail unless they have submitted an e-mail address upon registration.


Regular circulation

7-day, 28-day books


$10 maximum

Overdue requested items

Per item


$20 maximum

Reserve circulation

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


$20 maximum

If a book is checked out to another patron, you may request that the Circulation staff recall (advance the due date of the item and notify you when it is returned) the item(s). 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 mailed or e-mailed to you indicating that it is available for pickup. You may also self-initiate a recall through Chinook.


If a book checked out to you is requested by another borrower, you will be notified by mail or e-mail of the adjusted due date. This new due date is the latest that you can return materials without incurring fines. As long as there is a recall on the book you cannot renew it. Fines may be doubled for an overdue recalled book.

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 books which are overdue by 28 days or one or more overdue books that have been requested by another borrower, or library fines totaling $20.00 or more. Charges for books assumed lost and overdue fines will be referred to a state collection agency if unpaid 30 days after the bill due date. Return of the books(s) will reinstate library privileges.

Items 28 days overdue are assumed lost and billed for replacement at the following rates:




Government Information

$ 50.00


If the item is returned, the replacement fee is waived and library privileges are automatically reinstated. However, you will be billed for any overdue fines. For further information regarding these policies, please call the patron accounts office at 492-0826.

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. Fines are calculated based upon the date items are received at UCB Libraries.

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Corporate memberships also available.