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Circulation Module 6: Library Lending Policies

What Can (and Can't) Be Checked Out

Hutchins Library owns over 372,130 books. The vast majority are classified as "Circulating" in our system, meaning they can be checked out by patrons. However, some of the books, as well as other materials in the library, are strictly for library use. The following items cannot be checked out by patrons:

  • Items in Special Collections
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Bound periodicals
  • Reference books (marked with an R above the call number)
  • Items in the Faber Library, Carter G. Woodson Library, Curriculum Library, or Science Library

There are exceptions to some of these. Patrons may request to have an item from Special Collections placed on reserve for them. This enables the patron to use the item in the library when Special Collections is closed. 

Items in other libraries on campus may be checked out, but it depends on the item and the library. For example, Education majors and students enrolled in Education courses are allowed to check items out of the Curriculum Library.

When in doubt, check BANC! The item's record in the catalog will provide the location. If it is a normal book, the location will either be "Circulating (3rd floor)" or one of our circulating collections, such as Graphic Novels, Faculty and Staff Scholarship and Creativity, etc.