Borrowing from this Library

Patrons may borrow materials both from our library and from other libraries with which we share interlibrary borrowing privileges. Faculty, students, and staff are eligible for the Michigan Tech HuskyCard. Community members and other patrons are eligible for our Courtesy Card.


Michigan Tech faculty and staff may use their HuskyCard to borrow materials from the library. This includes books, maps government publications and media. Reference books, microforms and special collections may be borrowed for onsite use.

Students may use their HuskyCard to borrow library material, print course reserves and to check out productivity tools.

Courtesy Card

Eligible community members may request a Courtesy Card by providing current identification and a local address. To be eligible for a Courtesy Borrowing Card, an individual must be 18 or older, and a summer resident or permanent resident of Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga or Ontonagon County. Family of faculty and staff  are also eligible. MeLCat interlibrary loan service is included. Visit the Library and IT Service Center for details.


Below are listed the loan and renewal periods for all materials in the library's circulating collection. Please note: all patrons may request a recall of any currently loaned library materials after 21 days.

The library also makes productivity tools available to students. These tools can be borrowed from the Library and IT Service Center on a first-come, first-served basis.

Faculty, Staff, Graduate Students, and Honors Institute MembersLoan PeriodRenewal
Main Collection 17 weeks 3 seventeen-week renewals allowed
Popular Collection 5 weeks 1 one-week renewal allowed
Periodicals Building Use Only (staff, graduate and honors students)

3 days (faculty)
Reference Collection 5 days 1 five day renewal allowed
Standards Collection 5 days
Undergraduates and Courtesy Card Holders  
Main Collection 5 weeks 3 five-week renewals allowed
Popular Collection 5 weeks 1 one-week renewal allowed
Periodicals Building Use Only None

Fees and Fines for Overdue Materials

The warning system and penalties for overdue materials

  1. Borrowed items kept beyond their due date are overdue. The library will send regular overdue notices to the patron via email or text. Please see the library’s Borrowing Rules and Fees chart for details.
  2. Loss of borrowing privileges will occur if either:
    • 3 items are overdue.
    • A recalled item is overdue.
  3. If an item is recalled by a patron, fines of $1/day will accrue starting on the due date in the recall notice.
  4. Library patrons will receive e-mail warning notices 5 days prior to the due date. At that time patrons may:
    1. Renew the item.
      • Request a renewal by sending an email to
      • Renew the items online by logging in to their library account.
      • Borrower is allowed 3 renewals per item. Afterwards, the item must be brought to the library. If there is not a recall on the item, it may be charged out to the patron again.
    2. Return the item by the due date.
  5. Library patrons will receive 3 warning notices. If the item is not returned within 3 weeks of the due date, the patron will be billed for the item plus a $10 processing charge.