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San Marcos, TX 78666

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Borrow & Renew

Borrowing Books

Most books and videos can be checked-out of the Library. Bring the items you want to check out to the main floor Circulation Desk (512.245.3681). Consult Lending Policies for more specific information.


  • Undergraduate students may check out books for 28 days. 
  • Graduate students may check out books for 6 months.
  • Faculty may check out books for 1 year.  
  • Staff may check out books for 28 days.
  • Videos and most A/V items check out for at least 14 days -- for all students & employees.
  • Some resources must be used in the Library, or have reduced check-out periods.

NOTE: Most items are subject to recall by another patron, which may shorten the originally-assigned loan period.


Renewing Books

The maximum number of renewals varies by borrower type. Consult Lending Policies for more specific information. After the maximum renewals the items must be returned to the library and checked in. If there are no outstanding requests, the items may be checked out again.

  • Renewal periods are the same as the original checkout period.
  • Renew items online using My Account (requires Texas State NetID and password, available after receipt of courtesy notice), in person at the Circulation Desk, or by calling Circulation (512.245.3681).

Number of Items Allowed

All Texas State University borrowers are allowed to check out a maximum of 100 items. Within that limit only 4 audio/visual items, such as DVDs and CDs, may be borrowed at any one time.