Checkout, Renewal, and Return

Your Mt. SAC student ID = Your library card. It is required for borrowing library items at the Checkout/Reserves Desk. With confirmation of enrollment, you can also check out library items with the following photo IDs that are current (or expired for less than 5 years):

  • Driver's license
  • Government issued ID
  • Other school ID
  • Military ID
  • Passport

Circulating items - check out up to 10 items

Item Type Loan Period Renewal
Books                             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.

For Mt. SAC employees, books are checked out for 16 weeks.

Non-Circulating items

  • Reserve textbooks and materials You may check them out from the Check Out Desk for two-hour use in the Library and return them to the same desk.  
  • 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.

Renew items

Watch the How to renew library items? video or follow the handout.

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. The book drops are checked and holds are cleared even when the library is closed for semester breaks, but not on official campus holidays.


Borrowing from other libraries

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?

Of course! Please go to the Mt. SAC bookstore to get your student ID first.

Self-Check Out

Self-check out with your Mt. SAC student ID is available by the south entrance of the library.