Checkout, Renewal and Return

Your Mt. SAC student ID = Your library card. It is required for borrowing library items at the Checkout/Reserves Desk.

Circulating items - check out up to 10 items

Item Type Loan Period Renewal
Books, audiobooks and playaway bookpacks  21 days  *once for another 21 days
DVDs and music CDS 7 days *once for another 7 days

*If items are not overdue and don't have holds placed on them. 

Reserve textbooks and materials

You may check them out for two-hour use in the Library and return them to the same desk.

Borrowing from other libraries

Return material

24/7 return is available via two book drops - the front wall on the left next to the Library entrance and the information booth of Pay Lot B (near Grand Avenue).

Non-Circulating items

  • Print periodicals including newspapers, magazines and journals are shelved alphabetically by title in the Periodicals Room.
  • Reference materials are those that have REF in their call numbers, e.g. 391.0089 P272e REF or VOC REF 610.7 AI52 2012-2013.

Print periodicals and reference materials don't leave the library, but you have 24/7 access to much more through our online databases. Enter your portal username/password for off-campus and mobile access.


check out/reserves desk


  • How do I check what items I have checked out and their due dates?
  • What is a hold? How do I place a hold on an item?
  • How do I renew
  • How to check if the Library has a copy of my textbook?

Check the videos or handouts for answers.

  • Can ESL or Community Education students check out items from the Library? 

Yes! But go to the bookstore to get your student ID first.