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Special Borrowing Permit Policy

Special Borrowers Permit (online form or pdf download)

For the Strozier, Dirac, Engineering, Goldstein, Law, and Maguire Medical Libraries


Special Borrowing Permits for the Strozier, Dirac Science, Engineering, Goldstein, College of Law,
and Maguire Medical Libraries are available to:

• Visiting scholars and researchers affiliated with an FSU department or program
• Florida government employees (state or county)
• Federal government employees

Special Borrowing Permits for the Allen Music Library can be obtained at the Music Library.

For all of the libraries above, excluding Law, alumni and members of the general public can obtain borrowing privileges through joining Friends of the Library. College of Law alumni can obtain borrowing privileges directly at the Law Library.

Special Borrowing Permits are non-transferable and valid for 1 year. Upon expiration, the borrower may renew provided: 1) they complete this application again with documentation, 2) that there are no library charges against the holder, and 3) the patron has complied with library regulations. Decisions may be appealed to the Head of Collections Access in Strozier Library.

Special Borrowers are allowed to check out 30 books at a time for three weeks, and may renew materials online up to three times. Special Borrowers may not check out periodicals or videos. Interlibrary Loan and remote access to databases are not available to Special Borrowers. Special Borrowers do not have access to the online database from off-campus only from on-campus.

Special Borrowers are subject to the circulation policies of the lending library.

Internet access is restricted to only currently enrolled FSU students and employees. If you require internet access for research purposes, as well as borrowing privileges complete the Special Borrowers Permit Application (see below) AND the Visiting Scholar Account application (hyperlink to-https://www.lib.fsu.edu/form/visiting-scholar-account-application) (internet access is valid for one full academic semester).

To complete the Special Borrowers Application you will need the following two documents:
1. Driver's license OR passport,
2. A letter on letterhead from an FSU department/program verifying affiliation OR a letter on letterhead from State / County / Federal agency verifying employment.


Todd Peak tpeak@fsu.edu    (850) 491-4397 

Bridgett Birmingham   bbirmingham@fsu.edu (850) 644-6810

Online (Form) Special Borrowers Application
Printable Special Borrowers Application


Latest Revision: 
May, 2017

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