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The Borrowing Materials page includes a list of those who can borrow and fines that are incurred if materials are not returned by the due date.

The Circulation department will help you finding materials, or reporting materials lost.

Renewing Items you have checked out

Material may be renewed if it has not been recalled by another patron. Renew your materials using the Catalog Renewal Service if you do not have any recalled or overdue library materials. Materials may be renewed up to five times, after which they must be returned to the library for renewal. Periodicals and other restricted materials may not be renewed online.

Reserve Items

When a professor has required readings for a specific class, the instructor may place the material "On Reserve" at one of the libraries. Reserve materials are checked out for two (2) hours of library use only. This brief lending period gives everyone in the class the opportunity to review the material. "Reserves" are found at the circulation desk of each library. Some reserve material also may be available online.

Bound Periodicals

Bound magazines and journals may be checked out by FSU and other Florida public university graduate students, faculty and staff for one day.


Some textbooks have been placed on reserve. Purchasing textbooks for course reserves is a joint venture between Student Government Association and University Libraries. This partnership makes providing students with textbooks possible. You can request a textbook by completing this form.


You may request that a recall be placed on library material that is currently charged out by clicking on "place a hold" next to the item in the library catalog or completing this form. The person who has the material currently charged out is notified via email of the recall and the adjusted due date. Only current FSU students, faculty and staff are allowed to recall library materials.

If a patron has an item that is charged out and then recalled by another patron, a new due date is set. This recall due date becomes the official due date of the material, regardless of the original due date. Late recalled items are treated as normal overdue items and assessed .25 per day per item. Non-returned recalled items are billed for replacement cost after they are 30 days overdue.
You will be notified via email when the material has been returned and is ready to be picked up. Materials are kept on the hold shelf for 10 days.


The Strozier library includes a Self Checkout Machine. Skip the line. Service desk employees are available to assist you.

Search Requests

If you are unable to locate an item on the shelf in the stacks, you can request that a search be initiated to locate the material by submitting a search request form. You will be notified via email when the material has been located.

Remote Storage and Subbasement Requests

Items identified in the catalog as located in remote storage or in the subbasement may be requested by submitting a remote storage request. Items requested from remote storage or the subbasement will generally be available for pickup within 24 hours, except over weekends and holidays. Use the link in the catalog to request the item(s).

Rush Cataloging Requests

If the material has been received, and the status shown in the catalog as "in process," a rush cataloging request may be submitted. The material will be cataloged as soon as possible and sent to the library where the material will be located. The patron is notified via email that the material is available for pickup at the circulation desk of that library.

Overdue Materials

All patrons are responsible for returning library materials on or before the date the material is due. Due dates can be found online by logging in to your library account. Fines are detailed on the Borrowing page.

Damaged Materials

Patrons are billed the cost of replacement or repair of materials.

Payment of library charges

Library charges can be paid at the Office of Student Financial Services or at the FSUCard Center. FSU faculty, students, and staff may pay library charges online here: Online fee payment.

Book Circulation Account Problems

If you are having problems with your library circulation privileges, please contact a circulation supervisor in person at any service desk, or by calling

Circulation- Undergraduate Services (850) 644-1486
Circulation- Faculty & Graduate (850) 644-6061


UBORROW allows you to request materials directly from participating libraries within Florida's state university system. This unmediated borrowing service increases your access to the collections of the other universities in Florida and delivers more quickly than standard Interlibrary Loan. Find out more about UBorrow on the UBorrow page.

Mobility Designated Assistants

Students in need of temporary or permanent pick up assistance regarding their library materials should contact the Student Disability Resource Center. After certification, the student may designate an authorized individual or family member to pick up their library materials.


Circulation- Undergraduate Services (850) 644-1486,

Circulation- Faculty & Graduate (850) 644-6061

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