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Library Services: Borrowing, Fines, Holds & Renewals


Books:  28 days; 2 renewals; 20 holds 

Journals: 28 days; renewable 

Course Reserves (varies):  two hours | two hours/overnight | twenty-four hours | three days; 1 renewal

Faculty, Staff & Graduate Students

Books:  1 semester; 4 renewals; 20 holds

Journals:  1 semester, renewable

Course Reserves (varies):  two hours | two hours/overnight | twenty-four hours | three days; 1 renewal

Community Borrowers & Alumni

Books:  28 days; 2 renewals

Journals:  28 days; renewable

Course Reserves (varies):  two hours | two hours/overnight | twenty-four hours | three days; 1 renewal


  • If a patron places a hold on an item that is already checked-out, she/he will receive an email once it is returned and becomes available.
  • If a patron places a hold on an item that is not checked-out, staff retrieve the item and place it behind the Main Circulation Desk for 10 days. Once an item has been retrieved, the individual who placed the hold will be notified via email.

Distance education students should not place holds. Students taking courses from a distance need to request items using interlibrary loan. Once they have completed their ILL form, they should enter a note specifying that their item is for "Distance Education."

If you are unable to place a hold, please contact a librarian at 218.477.2345or email:


  • Undergraduates and community borrowers may renew most library items twice. 
  • Faculty, staff and graduate students actively affiliated with local colleges or universities may renew most items four times.

Patrons may renew items online using "My Account."  

  1. Log into MnPALS Plus using your MSUM ID Library Barcode (the number starting with 201046...) and password (your last name).
  2. Once you are logged in, you will see the "My Account" button and can use the provided links to renew materials.

Patrons may also renew their materials in person at the Library's Main Circulation Desk, or by phone:  218.477.2355.

Renewals (Interlibrary Loan)

Renew ILL materials using "My Account" (See login instructions above.).  Use the links provided to request ILL renewals materials.  After submitting an online request, continue to check your ILL item's status to ensure that it has been renewed.  Submitting a request does not guarantee renewal of ILL items.

If you have questions about renewing ILL items, please call the Interlibrary Loan Office at:  218.477.2924.


All borrowers are responsible for returning library materials by their due date.  Also, if your permanent address changes, it is your responsibility to inform the Library as well as the Registrar's Office.  Due-date reminders are sent to all MSUM affiliated patrons using their email address.

  • Overdue email notices for most general collection materials are sent 7 days after the item is overdue.

  • Overdue email notices for ILL materials are sent via email 3 days after the material is overdue.

  • Overdue email notices for Reserve items are sent more quickly depending upon the item.

When library materials have not been returned three weeks after the first notice, a bill is sent.  This bill includes a replacement charge for each late item (typically $45.00 per item) plus a $15.00 per item non-refundableprocessing fee. If overdue materials are later returned, all replacement charges are forgiven.  However, processing charges cannot be refunded.  

Bills for materials borrowed from other libraries (ILL) are sent out 10 days after the first overdue notice.

Overdue Reserve Collection Materials

  • Fines for most overdue reserve items are $.50 per hour.
  • Fines for three-day reserve items are $2.00 a day.
  • The maximum fine for a reserve item is $6.00.

If these items are kept long beyond their due dates and times, patrons may be charged a $5.00 per item fee.

Please Note

All patrons must have a valid MSUM photo ID in order to borrow materials from the Library.  This ID is required for all library transactions.  No other form of identification can be accepted.  Official IDs can be obtained at the IT Help Desk, in LI 122.

Patron Types

MSUM Students, Faculty and Staff:  Your active Dragon ID is required for access to all Library services.  Please carry it with you any time you visit the Library.  If you lose or damage your ID, a new one can be obtained at the IT Help Desk, in LI 122.

MSUM Alumni:  Upon graduation, alumni should receive a MSUM Alumni VIP Card from the University's Alumni Foundation.  This card grants the same borrowing privileges to alumni as those given to Community Borrowers, except that MSUM alumni are not charged a yearly renewal fee.

Community Borrowers:  Local residents who have no formal affiliation with MSUM are welcome to apply for a Community Borrower card.  These cards:​

  • cost $20 a year
  • must be obtained using a valid driver's license or other government issued ID
  • cannot be transferred to another person -- one card for one patron
  • do NOT include off-campus access to the Library's subscription electronic databases
  • do NOT include access to the Library's interlibrary loan service
  • will NOT be issued to children

Individuals interested in applying for a Community Borrower card must bring a valid driver's license or other government issued ID as well as a $20 fee to the Library's Main Circulation Desk where they will complete an application.  Once their application is approved, these patrons will receive an active library ID card.

Other Affiliated Patrons:  Students, faculty and staff formally affiliated with North Dakota State University (NDSU), Concordia College, Minnesota State Community & Technical College (M|State), and North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) may present their active institutional ID to make use of the Livingston Lord Library.  Please check at the Main Circulation Desk for more information.