Borrowing and Renewing

Library cards

A student ID card or other picture ID is required to check out materials. Alumni, practitioners and members of the general public must show a picture ID when checking out library materials.

General Loan Information

  • 2 renewal limit in general (Exceptions: Reserves depend on demand and Inter-Library Loan materials may not be renewable – consult our Inter-Library Loan Librarian when borrowing)
  • No checkout limit for students but all materials must be returned before graduation (Contact the Public Services Librarian for exceptions)
  • 10 item checkout limit for Northwestern graduates
  • 5 item checkout limit for members of the public

Loan periods

Materials Loan Period
General collection 4 week
Videos/DVDs 1 week
Other AV materials 4 weeks
Reference materials Library use only
Reserve materials 2 hours
Archives materials 2 hours – must stay in library
Interlibrary Loans Varies


Renewing materials

Patrons may renew their materials – if no one else is waiting to use them (reserves) or has them on hold (general collection) – by calling the Information Desk at 952-885-5419, visiting the library, or emailing

Reserve items may be renewed in person for an extra 2 hours if they are not in demand.

Lost materials

A regular item that is 2 months overdue is considered lost. A reserve item that has been checked out for 3 days is considered lost. The patron is billed for the replacement cost of the item and a $25.00 processing fee.

For practitioners and other off-campus users

We prefer you initialize an interlibrary loan request with your local library if you are unable to come to campus in person. In the event that is not feasible, literature searches and articles can be e-mailed to the patron for a fee. Books, audiotapes and kits can be sent via mail or UPS. Videotapes/DVDs must be borrowed in person, but can be returned via mail or UPS. For more information and current fees, ask a librarian or call 952-885-5419.

Northwestern alumni, practitioners in healthcare fields, and the general public are welcome to visit the Greenawalt Library to locate health-related information. Please read our Library Guest Policy for further information.

About library materials

We use a Collection Development Policy to guide our decisions for library purchases and for how we manage the collection long-term. You can view the policy here.