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Learn the libraries policies regarding the loan of materials, renewals, holds, recalls, and fines/fees.

Borrow Materials from the Library

The Jim Dan Hill Library loans out materials to current staff and students from UW-Superior and other UW campuses as well as individuals enrolled in the Community User and Reciprocal User programs.

  • Materials are checked out at the Public Services Desk located on the First Floor of the library.
  • A valid UW-Superior ID is required for all check outs.
  • Library users are responsible for all materials checked out and are expected to return or renew borrowed items by the due date.
  • The borrower’s responsibility does not end until all items have been returned and discharged by the Library.

Loan Limits

UW-Superior staff and students may borrow up to 10 media items (Blu-rays, CDs, DVDs) at a time. The number of books that may be checked out at a time is almost unlimited. You are likely to run out of space to store the books before you hit the limit!

Community Users may check out up to 10 items total (including all media and books) at a time with their library card.

Due Dates

See the chart below to determine the standard loan periods and renewal policies for materials in our collections for each user group.

    Checkout Period Renewals
General Collection
Educational Materials
Goverment Documents
Wellness Collection
Graphic Novels
Listening Collection
Undergraduate due in 28 days up to 2 renewals
Graduate due at the end of term up to 3 renewals
Community due in 28 days up to 1 renewal
Course Reserves Undergraduate varies — may be due in 4 hours, 1 day, 3 days, 1 week, 4 weeks not renewable
Community unavailable n/a
DVDs & Videos Undergraduate due in 14 days up to 1 renewal
Community not renewable
Laptop Computers Undergraduate due at end of day, in-library use only not renewable
Community unavailable n/a
Periodicals Undergraduate in-library use only n/a
Popular Reading Undergraduate due in 28 days up to 1 renewal
Reference Materials Undergraduate due in 3 days not renewable
Community in-library use only n/a
Special Collections Undergraduate due in 3 days not renewable
Study Rooms Undergraduate due in 4 hours not renewable
Community unavailable n/a

Returning Materials

Items may be returned at the Public Services Desk or the book drop located outside the library doors.


Eligible items checked out from our collections or via Resource Sharing may be renewed one of three ways:

  • online by using the renew function in My Account,
  • in person at the Public Services Desk, or
  • by calling 715-394-8343 during open library hours.

To renew items borrowed via Interlibrary Loan, login to your Interlibrary Loan Account and click "Renewal" on the left. You can also contact the Interlibrary Loan Office.

Community and Reciprocal Users do not have access to My Account or Interlibrary Loan. Online account services are only available to users with a valid UW-Superior login.

See the following "How To" Guide to learn more about renewing materials online:

Holds and Recalls

If an item is checked out, you may request a hold or recall for that item:

  • only by placing a Local Request through the item record in the catalog record or
  • in person at the Public Services Desk.

Items on which a hold has been placed by another user cannot be renewed by the current borrower. When the book is returned by the current borrower, the requesting library user will be notified via e-mail. Items will be held for 10 days on the hold shelf.

Community and Reciprocal Users are not eligible to place holds or recalls on items.


All library notices will be sent to the e-mail address we have on file. For members of the UW-Superior community, this will be your official UW-Superior e-mail address.

Request Materials from Other Libraries

Materials requested from other libraries via Resource Sharing or Interlibrary Loan may be picked up at the Public Services Desk.

Due dates, renewals, fines, and other circulation policies for such materials are set by the library that owns them and may differ from the policies set by the Jim Dan Hill Library.

Item Not in Stacks

If an item listed as "in place" in the catalog cannot be located in the proper place on the shelf, please notify the Public Services Desk. Library staff will search for the item and, if located, notify you of the availability.

Safety and Security

The Jim Dan Hill Library has a security system that is set off when someone exits without checking out library materials.  When the security system is set off, library users are stopped and asked to open any bags for inspection.  Please note that Public Library materials, textbook rentals, rented videos/DVDs may set off the security system. 

Security Cameras are located on the lower level and Special Collections areas of the Library to help ensure the safety of our library users, materials and facility.