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About the Library: Borrowing from the Library

Borrowing Library Materials

Material Loan Periods Item Limits and Restrictions
General Circulating Collection Undergraduates – 3 weeks
Graduates – 40 days
Faculty and Staff – 80 days
Alumni – 3 weeks
Undergraduates – up to 20 Items
Graduates – up to 50 Items
Faculty and Staff – up to 50 Items
Alumni – up to 5 Items
There are some exceptions to these limits, please see a librarian for more details.
Reserve Materials 4 hours to 5 days 4-Hour Reserve Items must be used in-house.
Entertainment DVDs 1 week up to 5 DVDs
AV Items 1 week up to 5 AV items
Equipment 4 Hours Equipment checkouts are library use only, but if you need to check out an item for a class please speak with a librarian.
Magazines, Journals, Newspapers Library Use Only Faculty and staff may check out periodicals for up to 3 days.
Reference Collection Library Use Only  
Microforms Library Use Only  


Current faculty, staff, and students may borrow materials from the Walter Schroeder Library with a valid MSOE ID. MSOE alumni may borrow materials with a Special Borrower's Card (please see the Alumni Services Page for more information).

Returning Library Materials

Library items may be returned to the Circulation Desk in the library during regular library hours. There is also a return box located to the right of the Library Building's Main Entrance where materials may be returned at any time.

Renewals and Recalls

General Collection materials can be renewed up to two times if they have not been requested by another person in the meantime. You can renew library materials over the phone by calling (414) 277-7180, or in person at the circulation desk. You may also renew items online on the library's research page or in the library's catalog. Select the My Account link and enter the barcode number on your MSOE ID. Library items may be recalled at any time. If an item you have on loan is recalled, you will be notified and will be expected to return the item promptly.

Overdue Items and Fines

  • The fine for items from the General Collection is $.25 a day. There is no fine for the first 3 days an item is overdue. Beginning on the 4th day, there will be a $1.00 fine plus $.25 each day thereafter.
  • The fine for Entertainment DVDs and Audiovisual Items is $1.00 per day, with no grace period.
  • The fine for Reserve books and equipment is $1.00 per day, with no grace period.

Overdue materials that are not returned are considered lost by you and you will be billed by Student Accounts for the cost of the item's replacement, a processing fee, and the overdue fine.