Borrow

Faculty, staff, and students at participating Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC) universities may borrow books from Howard University Libraries either by request through the Consortium Loan Service (CLS) or in person.

  • All patrons must present a valid Howard University, WRLC-issued ID or legal photo identification and have an up-to-date account in order to check out materials.
  • Reserve materials are restricted to HU student, faculty, and staff use.
  • Reference books, journals and other periodicals, and Course Reserve materials do not circulate and may not be removed from the library.
  • Borrowers with $25 or more in fines/fees at any of the WRLC institutions collectively, will not be allowed to borrow materials.
  • Materials obtained from WRLC libraries or from Interlibrary Loan through Founders Library may be returned to the Founders Library Circulation Desk or at other WRLC libraries.

Undergraduate + Graduate Students

  Loan Period Renewal Permitted Maximum Quantity Fine Maximum Fine Lost Fee
Books 6 wks x3* 750 -- $10 $110
Reserves 2 hours
Overnight
3 days
no 3 2 hours
$1.00/hour
Overnight
$1.00/day
3 days
$1.00/day
$25 $110
WRLC Items 6 wks x3* 5 requests/
day
-- $10 $110
WRLC Media 7 Days no -- $5.00/day $25 $110
ILL determined
by lending
library
determined
by lending
library
3 requests/
day
$1.00/day $25 determined
by lending
library
E-Resource Access on campus access

*Items that are recalled or overdue may not be renewed
** $10.00 applied if forty days overdue

Faculty

  Loan Period Renewal Permitted Maximum Quantity Fine Maximum Fine Lost Fee
Books end of semester x3* -- -- -- $110
Reserves 2 hours
Overnight
3 days
no -- -- -- $110
WRLC Items end of semester x3* 5 requests/
day
-- $10 $110
WRLC Media 7 Days no -- $5.00/day $25 $110
ILL determined
by lending
library
determined
by lending
library
3 requests/
day
$1.00/day $25 determined
by lending
library
E-Resource Access on campus access

*Items that are recalled or overdue may not be renewed
** $10.00 applied if forty days overdue

Staff

  Loan Period Renewal Permitted Maximum Quantity Fine Maximum Fine Lost Fee
Books 6 Wks x3* 25 ** $10 $110
Reserves -- -- -- -- -- --
WRLC Items inquire at the Founders Library Circulation Desk
WRLC Media inquire at the Founders Library Circulation Desk
ILL inquire at the Founders Library Circulation Desk
E-Resource Access on campus access

*Items that are recalled or overdue may not be renewed
** $10.00 applied if forty days overdue

Retired Faculty + Howard University Libraries’ Community Patrons

  • Washington Theological Consortium (WTC)
  • Online Computer Library Center (OCLC)
  Loan Period Renewal Permitted Maximum Quantity Fine Maximum Fine Lost Fee
Books 6 Wks x3* 25 ** $10 $110
Reserves -- -- -- -- -- --
WRLC Items -- -- -- -- -- --
WRLC Media -- -- -- -- -- --
ILL -- -- -- -- -- --
E-Resource Access on campus access

*Items that are recalled or overdue may not be renewed
** $10.00 applied if forty days overdue

VISITOR BORROWING POLICY

  • Borrowing privileges are reserved for current students, faculty and staff. However, the public is welcome to peruse the University Libraries’ general collection
  • A valid photo ID must be presented to enter all University Libraries
  • There is no printing available to the general public. The photocopy machines can scan to a preferred email (PDF) free of charge.

Patrons may renew:

  • Via My Library account:
  • In-person at all University Libraries
  • Email: Circulation Desk at Founders Library accessdept@howard.edu
  • Phone: Circulation Desk at Founders Library 202-806-7250

Recalled and overdue items may not be renewed.

Renewing Interlibrary loans items (ILL):

  • In-person, bringing the item to ILL staff at Founders Library Circulation Desk
  • Email: ILL Staff at Founders Library founders.ill@howard.edu
  • Phone: ILL Staff at Founders Library 202-806-7250 before the due date
  • One-time renewals are made at the discretion of the lending library. A tentative due date is assigned until the renewal is approved.

    Recalled and overdue items may not be renewed.

Materials borrowed from any University Library or from any WRLC library may be returned to any University Libraries' circulation desk, regardless of where they were checked out.

SEARCH REQUEST

If a library user believes that they have returned a lost book to the library, they may submit a Search Request at the Founders Library Circulation Desk. The library staff will search for the book for six weeks.

If the book is found in those six weeks:

Lost Item Replacement Fee WAIVED
Lost Item Processing Fee WAIVED
Overdue Fee WAIVED

If the book is not found after six weeks of searching, the library user will be responsible for all fines associated with the lost item ($120.00 total).

Lost Item Replacement Fee $80.00
Lost Item Replacement Fee $30.00
Lost Item Replacement Fee $10.00

Procedures for Submitting a Search Request:

You may request a Search Request by one of these methods:

  • In-person at Founders Library Circulation Desk
  • Email: Founders Library Circulation Desk accessdept@howard.edu
  • Phone: Founders Library Circulation Desk 202-806-7250

A notice will be mailed in six weeks indicating that:

  • The book has been found and is being held, or
  • The book is missing from the collection and your library account will be charged for the item's replacement fee, lost processing fee and overdue fine If you lose a book that you have borrowed from one of the Washington Research Library Consortium Libraries (WRLC), you must contact the lending library directly with any questions or concerns regarding the book or the associated fines.
  • If you lose a book that you have borrowed from Interlibrary loan Services, the replacement cost is at the discretion of the lending institution.