Borrowing Policy

Check-Out Privileges

Borrowing privileges vary by collection and patron type.

Collection Students   Staff Local Teacher Community/Alumni Temporary
Curriculum Lab 2 weeks 2 weeks 2 weeks N/A N/A
Dissertations 6 weeks End of term N/A N/A N/A
General 6 weeks End of term 3 weeks 3 weeks 3 weeks
Juvenile 6 weeks End of term 3 weeks 3 weeks 3 weeks
Audio, music CDs 6 weeks End of term 3 weeks 3 weeks 3 weeks
Popular & Audio Books 2 weeks 2 weeks 2 weeks 2 weeks 2 weeks
Popular, Foreign, & Educational DVDs (Movies), VHS & PBS Specials 3 days 3 days/ or as needed 3 days 3 days 3 days
Psychology/ Education tests 2 days or
2 weeks as marked
2 days or
2 weeks as marked
Library Equipment (Headphones, etc.) 2 hour library use only N/A N/A N/A N/A
Electronic Databases Unlimited Access  Unlimited Access N/A CLU Alumni have access to select electronic databases via the Alumni Portal N/A


Renewal of library materials may be made on or before the item due date, providing no other patron has requested the item(s). Cal Lutheran affiliates may log in to your library account to renew items online. Renewal requests may also be placed by speaking with a Pearson Library Circulation Desk attendant. Up to two renewals are permitted on all items excluding test materials, course reserves, and library equipment. Overdue movies may be renewed; late fees, however, will still be assessed upon return of the item.

Interlibrary Loan

If the Pearson Library does not have an item that you need, it may be possible to obtain it from another library via Interlibrary Loan. Interlibrary Loan materials (and other items placed on hold) can be picked up and returned to the Circulation Desk. Interlibrary Loan privileges are extended only to ‘Staff’ and ‘Student’ patrons.


You may place a hold on an item (ask for a book to be held for you when it is returned) by using the Library catalog. The library will call you when the item is returned. Recalls are not available. If items are needed immediately for research purposes, please try ordering via Interlibrary Loan.

Course Reserves

Course Reserves are located at the Circulation Desk and are available only to those enrolled in the course. The loan period for reserve materials is determined by the professor that has placed the items on reserve. All items are subject to immediate recall if needed for course reserves.

Library Fines and Replacement Charges

  • We do not charge daily overdue fines on General Collection, Popular Collection, or Juvenile Collection materials. However, long-overdue materials will be declared missing and you will be billed $50.00 for each item, plus a $15.00 processing fee. Please consult with a librarian before purchasing an item for replacement of a library copy. Only approved replacement copies will be accepted in lieu of the $50 replacement cost. The $15.00 processing fee will still apply.
  • There is a $1.00 per day charge for failure to return videos, DVDs, course reserves, and education/psychology testing materials on time.
  • Patrons are not obligated to repay the full amount of their fines at once, however patrons with $5.00 or more in overdue or replacement fines may not check out items (including Course Reserve items). Fines can be paid via cash or personal check.
  • Student patrons who maintain $5.00 or more in fines on their account for an extended period of time are subject to a library hold. Library holds may prevent course registration and/or transcript requests.

Theft and Mutilation

Theft and mutilation of library materials or property are acts contrary to and punishable by law. Any non-circulating item, or any circulating item that has not been properly checked out, will cause the exit alarm to sound. Repeated security violations will be referred to the Vice President of Student Affairs.

If you have any questions regarding these policies, please contact the Access/Circulation Supervisor in the library at (805) 493-3250.