Library User Responsibilities

Borrowing Materials

  • You are responsible for knowing when your books are due and returning or renewing them on time.
  • Items can not be borrowed without your library card.
  • Library cards can only be used by the card owner.
  • Library materials must be checked out before leaving the library.
  • You can not check out materials for someone else unless arrangements have been made with UNL Libraries.
  • Return materials in the same condition as when you borrowed them.

Returning Materials

  • Reserve materials must be returned to the same ASKus location you checked them out from.
  • Most materials may be returned to any UNL library OR outside book return bin located at Love, C.Y. Thompson and Architecture Libraries.
  • Items returned to outside bins after hours are checked in the next business day. Late fees apply.
  • A receipt may be requested at any ASKus location for all items returned. Please request the receipt prior to checking materials in.
  • If you do not return borrowed materials to designated areas, they will not be processed as "returned".
  • You are responsible for fees or fines that accrue for items returned late.
  • Materials must be returned in the same condition as when they were checked out.
  • Materials checked out must be returned to a UNL Libraries at an ASKus location or outside return bin.
  • Checked out materials left on tables, bookcases, etc will not be discharged, and late return fines will apply when they are located.

Paying Fines and Fees

  • You are responsible for paying overdue fines and fees accrued from borrowing UNL Libraries items until they are returned, regardless of whether you received due date or late notices.
  • Fees may be charged for damaged, lost or stolen materials.
  • There will be no transfer fines or fees from one borrower to another.

Report Lost or Stolen Cards Immediately

  • If your card is lost or stolen, you must report it immediately to any UNL ASKus location.
  • You are responsible for materials borrowed with a stolen card that has not been reported.
  • Lost library cards may be replaced at Love, C.Y. Thompson, Engineering, or Architecture Library ASKus locations.

Managing Your Library Account / Record

  • Keep your information up-to-date.
  • Keep track of due dates to avoid fines.
  • Renew your books on time.

Get Notifications From Us

We prefer sending emails to let you know about recalled items or overdue notices, fines, etc.

  • Make sure your email is accurate and current.
  • You are still responsible for fines and fees regardless of whether or not you have received notices from us.
  • Keep your information current.

Cell Phones

Please use cell phones, and other electronic devices responsibly, so as not to disturb other library users.

  • Set phones on vibrate or turn off notifications.
  • Keep conversations brief and quiet.
  • If possible, move to a less populated area of the library.

Theft and Damage

  • Library materials are state property.
  • Theft or vandalism is a criminal offense.
  • UNL Libraries will prosecute.
  • UNL students will be referred to the Student Judicial Affairs Office.
  • Community Member Card holders will be contacted by UNL Police.
  • The Libraries will assess a fee for damage such as torn out pages, highlighting, water or pet damage, or placing post-it notes as markers.


  • All forms of tobacco product use is prohibited in all of the UNL Libraries.
  • If you are asked by a staff member to discard any form of tobacco, please do so promptly.
  • Failure to comply with a request by the library staff is a violation of the student conduct code.