Library and Archives

Borrowing & Renewing Policies

Learn about the different options you have for borrowing and renewing library materials.

Borrowing Materials

Borrowing Books & Other Materials

A valid ID from a MnPALS Partner Library (see reciprocal borrowing privileges below) serves as the library card for students, faculty, and staff and is required to check out materials. The St. Kate's library barcode is the 14-digit number located on the back of the ID.

Loan Periods by User

User Initial Loan Period Maximum Loan Period Account Fee
Faculty, Staff, Students, and CSJs 120 days 180 days Free
Alumnae/i and Visiting Scholars 4 weeks 56 days Free
Neighbors 4 weeks 56 days $15 annual fee

If you lose your ID card you can obtain a replacement at Public Safety. Replacement fee may apply.

  • $5 replacement fee payable at the Information Desk in Coeur de Catherine

Renewing Materials

Renewing Materials You've Checked Out

Library materials can be renewed from the date of the original loan until they reach a maximum loan period.

Items that cannot be renewed include:

  • Items that have reached the maximum loan period
  • Items that have been recalled by another user
  • Course Reserve materials

Renew Online

Log into LibSearch with your St. Kate's username and password. Once you are logged in, click on your name in the right-hand corner, and go to My Library Card. You can renew items from the Loans section.

Call to Renew


Borrowing by User

More Information on Borrowing by User

Undergraduate Students

Currently enrolled students of St. Catherine University have full borrowing privileges. Seniors auditing our classes have borrowing but not interlibrary loan privileges. Students from other MnPALS Partner libraries also have full borrowing privileges, as long as they have a valid ID from their own institution in hand.

Faculty, Staff, Graduate Students, and CSJs

Faculty (including adjunct), staff, currently enrolled graduate students, and Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet have full borrowing privileges. Must have institution ID card to check out materials.


Alumnae/i are eligible for an Alumnae/i Card with restricted borrowing privileges after filling out an application at the Circulation Desk. Processing these card requests may take several business days.

Visiting Scholars

Visiting Scholars are eligible for a library card with a letter of affiliation from their home institution. Borrowing privileges are restricted. Apply for a card at the Circulation Desk or by contacting the circulation supervisor at 651.690.6648. Processing these card requests may take several business days.


Neighbors of the University, defined as those living in the following zip code areas: 55105 and 55116, may purchase a Neighbor Card with restricted borrowing privileges for an annual fee of $15. Apply for the card online through the St. Catherine Marketplace. Processing these card requests may take several business days.

Loan Periods by Material Type

Borrowing / Loan Periods by Material Type


The loan period for most is determined by the status of the borrower.

Browsing Collection

These items may be checked out in person, but are not requestable through LibSearch. The loan period is determined by the status of the borrower

Periodicals (including magazines, journals, and newspapers)

Periodicals may not be checked out. Special arrangements may be made through the library staff for in-classroom use or to accommodate special photocopying needs.

Reference Books

Reference books may not be checked out except by special permission of the library staff for in-classroom use.

Course Reserves

The loan period for course reserve items is set by the instructor or library staff. The loan period may be 3 hours, 3 days, or 7 days. Reserves are not renewable.

Media Reserves

Media items on reserve are usually for in-library use only. However, some items may be checked out for 3 hours or 3 days.

Archives & Special Collections (including Ade Bethune)

Items in these collections do not circulate and may be used only under the supervision of the archives staff.

Lost Items

Policies for Lost Items

When an item becomes overdue, an overdue notice is automatically generated and sent to the borrower. If the item has not been returned after approximately four weeks, the item will be considered "lost," and the borrower will be billed a $65 replacement book fee or $115 replacement media fee.

Missing/lost materials (after 28 days)

$65 replacement fee for a book; $115 replacement fee for media or interlibrary loan item. Unresolved "lost" items will result in the following actions:

  • Library borrowing privileges will be suspended.
  • A hold will be placed on student accounts which will prevent students from registering for classes and receiving transcripts, now and in the future. Books or media returned after the replacement fee has been assessed should not be placed in the book return. To be certain that all charges are cleared from your account, return "lost" items directly to the Circulation Desk staff. The replacement fee is usually waived if the item is returned prior to final processing, and in good condition.

Replacement Fees

You may pay your replacement fees online via St. Catherine Marketplace.

Billing Questions

Jade Erickson, | 651.690.6655

Reciprocal Borrowing

Reciprocal Borrowing Privileges

St. Catherine University is a member of MnPALS (Minnesota Program for Automated Library Systems) a larger consortium with nearly 60 libraries across the state, including the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, community colleges, government agency libraries, private colleges and special libraries.

Currently, St. Kate's campus is closed to victors and cannot accommodate checkouts to MnPALS patrons.