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Borrowing Policy

Identification for NKU faculty, students, and staff is a valid NKU picture All-Card. Students who do not have a validated ID may show proof of current enrollment from the Registrar or Student Account Services (listing their name and Social Security Number) and a picture ID.

Other categories of borrowers must show a valid ID from their institution. A picture ID such as a driver’s license will be required for verification if the library card or ID doesn’t contain a picture.

Items from the circulating collection may be borrowed for the time period designated by the patron category. Media Collection materials circulate for 14 days to qualified patrons.

Patron Group
Lending Period
NKU/CHASE Undergraduates 3 Weeks
NKU/CHASE Graduate Students 6 Weeks
NKU/CHASE Alumni 3 Weeks
NKU/CHASE Faculty/Administrators end of semester
NKU/CHASE Emeritus Faculty end of semester
NKU/CHASE Visiting Faculty end of semester
NKU/CHASE Staff 30 days
NKU/CHASE Retired Staff 30 days
STEELY Friends of the Library 21 days

Borrowing privileges are NOT TRANSFERABLE and must be exercised personally. Patrons will be held responsible for any fines or fees assessed for overdue or unreturned items that have been charged out to them.


Most circulating items may be renewed for one additional loan period, as long as an item has not been requested by another patron. Renewal requests may be made in person, or by telephone.

Online Hold Request

Patrons may request that an item in Steely Library's circulating collection be held at the third floor Public Service Desk for pickup. With an item on the library catalog screen, click the "PLACE A HOLD" tab. Provide the information at the prompt. Patrons are notified when the item is available, either by email or phone. The item will remain on hold for one week.


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