American University of Paris Library | How to Borrow Books

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How to Borrow Books

Bring Library ID to the Service Desk During Regular Library Hours
In order to borrow books, patrons must present a current, valid identification card issued by AUP (or an affiliated program).

Reminder: Access and Borrowing Privileges are for Personal Use Only

Validated Cards May Be Used for General Loans and for Reserves

Using the University Library Online Catalog
Locate books and other materials by searching the library's catalog. Help screens are provided online.

Using the 'Self Check'
During the day or evening, library users can check books out to themselves without assistance (as long as they have no overdue books, blocks, etc.). There is a self check machine near the Service Desk with instructions on the wall. Users will need their card and the items they wish to check out. Videos may not be checked out on the machine (DVDs may be checked out if they are circulating.) We have detailed instructions here in pdf format and in a PowerPoint slideshow.


Loan Periods
General collection books circulate for 21 days.

Renewals may be done online:
Go to 'My Record'
Sign on and look at 'Items on Loan'
Tag the item(s) you want to renew
Click on the 'Renew Items' button
Check that each item was renewed (scroll down) and not rejected
When you may NOT self-renew:
You have overdue items
Your card has not been activated
You have fines of over 3 Euros
Another patron has requested the item
You have already renewed the item twice

If a book needed by a borrower is checked out by another user, a "recall" may be placed on the item by clicking on the request button in the online catalog when you are looking at that particular book record. When the book is returned, the borrower is notified that it may be claimed at the Service Desk.

Returning Books


Lost Books

Non-circulating Books

Book Security