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Borrow, renew, return

This page was last updated on September 9th, 2020 and reflects services available during this time of social distancing. 


Borrowing library material

Current Stanford affiliates can request items from Terman Engineering Library to pick up at Green Library. Read more about the request and pick up service. Additionally, we have a vast electronic collection to support learning, teaching, and research. If you have any questions about locating electronic material, please contact us at

A Stanford Campus ID card, or a Stanford Libraries Card, is required to check out physical items from the Terman Engineering library. There are no exceptions. Normal loan periods are listed below, however items that circulate for more than 14 days may be recalled. You can read more about our recall policy below.


Loan period

Books28 days
Course Reservesvaries, usually 2 hours
Chromebooks7 days
Macbooks4 hours, in-library use only
E-Readers28 days
Journals2 hours
DVDs1 day
Timoshenko Collectionin-library use only
Terman Collectionin-library use only

Renewing library material

If you have a SUNetID, you can renew most items online up to two times. To renew online, log in toMy Account or email us at When renewing items via email, please send:

  • your name
  • the nine underlined digits on your Stanford Campus ID
  • the barcode number on the item that begins with "36105"

E-mail renewal can take up to two business days. You should get a confirmation e-mail. If you do not get a confirmation, please call us.

Please note, if the library or another patron has recalled an item, it cannot be renewed. Additionally, course reserves items, chromebooks, macbooks, e-readers, journals, and DVDs must be renewed in person. Finally, t if you do not have a SUNetID, you will not be able to renew material online.


Returning library material

Some loan periods have been extended in response to COVID-19.  To check the status of your items, please check My account. If you have questions use the 'Contact Us' link from MyAccount or email us directly at

If you wish to return materials now, you are welcome to do so by mail or one of the open backdrops. Please be aware that returns will not be processed until library staff can safely return to campus. Materials returned by mail will remain visible in My account until staff return to campus and check them back in.  

Attn: Book Return
Cecil H. Green Library Circulation Desk
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-6063

We recommend you use a carrier that allows you to track and insure the materials.


Overdue material

If a 28-day loan item is overdue, a bill will be sent 15 days after the due date. The bill will include a $150.00 replacement charge and a non-refundable $5.00 billing fee. When the item is returned, only the replacement charge will be removed.

For course reserve items and hourly loan items, fines accrue at a rate of $1.00 per hour. If a course reserve item or an hourly loan item is overdue, a bill is sent three days after the due time.

Recalled items not returned by the new due date will begin accruing recall overdue fines of $3.00 per day. A bill for replacement and suspension of privileges will occur eight days after the new recall date.

Some loan periods have been extended in response to COVID-19. For information about fines and fees, please email us directly at

Lost or damaged material

If you lose or damage a library item, please email us at before you attempt to replace the item.



Library privileges can be blocked for several reasons, including: unpaid library fines, registration holds, or invalid addresses. Student privileges are blocked when library fines reach $50 or more, faculty privileges are blocked when fines reach $300 or more, and fee-based (visitor) privileges are blocked when fines reach $1.50 or more OR when an item is overdue. All fines must be paid in full once a patron is blocked. For more information, please refer to the suspended privileges page.

You can pay fines online through My Account.


Library materials that circulate for a loan period longer than 14 days are subject to recall. Recalled items will be due immediately if recalled for the Library and within 7 days if recalled for another borrower. A recalled item is assigned a new due date which supersedes the original due date. Recalled materials must be returned directly to the front desk of the owning library. If you plan on leaving the area for an extended period of time, make sure to return your library materials before you leave. Exceptions will not be made if a book is recalled while you are away.