Answered By: Alan Zuckerman
Last Updated: Aug 26, 2016     Views: 1087

It depends upon who you are.  Please note that these loan periods apply only to materials in the Sheridan Libraries, and other JHU libraries may have different loan policies for their materials.

  • All JHU undergraduates and JHU affiliates (e.g., alumni, spouses):  6 weeks
  • Full-time graduate students in the Homewood schools: 3 months (12 weeks)
  • All JHU faculty and senior staff:  fixed due date of June 30
  • McNaughton (popular) books: 2 weeks (14 calendar days)
  • McNaughton DVDs: 1 week (7 calendar days) 

RECALLS -- Remember that books can be recalled from you by another patron, and that there are fines for overdue recalled books.

  • A recalled book gets a NEW due date, which is in 10 calendar days. You will get an e-mail with the new due date on it.
  • The exception is a book that is recalled because it's needed for Reserves -- THAT new due date can be as short as one day.
  • If you need a book that is checked out but you don't want to wait for 10 days, you should request it from Borrow Direct, which only takes 3-5 business days. 
  • If you get a recall notice for a book that you have checked out, and you return it 5 days later than the new due date on the notice, your borrowing privileges will be blocked.


  • JHU faculty, staff, graduate students, and undergraduates: unlimited
  • Everyone else: 2 renewals

The library does not rent books at all.

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