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Staff Borrowing Privileges

Benefits-eligible staff may borrow materials from the NU Libraries.



How long can I keep an item?

Snell Stacks (General Collections)

28 days, 3 renewal periods

Media Items (DVDs, CDs, VHS tapes)

1 week, no renewals

Boston Library Consortium Items

56 days, no renewals


3 hours - 7 days, no renewals

The Hub

14 days, 3 renewal periods

Items that have been requested by another library user may not be checked out again or renewed. If items are needed for more than 3 renewal periods, they may be returned and borrowed again at the Help and Information Desk.

What if an item is returned late?

There is a 3-day grace period before fines are charged on all items except reserves.

Snell Stacks, Media, BLC, and Hub Items $.25 per day ($10 maximum)
Reserves $1.00 per hour ($25 maximum)

If items are overdue for more than 40 days, you may incur additional lost item charges. The library reserves the right to block your account for excessive fines or failure to return items needed by other borrowers.

How do I pay fines and fees on my library account?

NU Staff members may pay by check or exact change at the Snell Library Help and Information Desk. Checks must be made payable to Northeastern University. 

Looking for information about equipment such as laptops and cables? Find out more about borrowing equipment.



Call the library Help and Information Desk at 617-373-8778

Email: borrow [at]