Alumni Library

Borrow and Renew


Borrowing Library Materials

  • Register for a Library Account to borrow from the Library. 
  • Search the Library Catalog to find materials available for loan, reference, or online use.
  • Items marked AVAILABLE should be on the library shelves. Come to the library to check out these items.
  • Place a HOLD on items that are checked out. You will receive an email when the item is returned and we will hold it for you for one week.
  • Request from OhioLINK items that we do not own, are checked out, or are Library Use Only.

Borrowing Procedures

  • Alumni Library Loan period: 3 weeks for all items (books, CDs, and DVDs) that circulate.
  • OhioLINK Loan period: 3 weeks for books. 1 week for CDs and DVDs.
  • Maximum of 10 items can be checked out at one time.
  • Reminder notices are emailed two days before items are due.
  • Note: Reminder notices can be blocked by email services.
  • Best practice: Create a reminder in your calendar or mobile to alert you to renew items before their due date. 
  • Note: Overdue items and items with holds cannot be renewed.

Who can Borrow?

Renew and Return

Renewal Procedures

  • Renewal period: 3 weeks.
  • Number of renewals: 4
  • Renewals NOT available if:
    • Item is overdue.
    • Someone places a hold on the item.
    • CDs/DVDs from OhioLINK libraries cannot be renewed.

How to Renew

Returning Library Materials

  • Drop off items at the Library's Information Desk, OR
  • Use the book drop (except for CDs and DVDs) outside of the Library by the time clock.


Overdue Notices

  • Courtesy / Reminder notices: emailed 2 days before an item is due.
  • First notice: emailed the day after an item is due.
  • Second notice: emailed one week later.
  • Bills: mailed to home address 2 weeks after the second notice.
  • Note: many email systems, such as Google and Yahoo, block group mailings so we recommend that you give us both your home and Cleveland Clinic emails.

Fines and Bills

  • Fines for items borrowed from the Cleveland Clinic Alumni Library: $0.25 per day.
  • Fines for items borrowed from OhioLINK and other libraries: $0.50 per day.
  • Bills: amount depends on replacement cost of items borrowed.
  • OhioLINK items: billed at $125 per item.
  • $125 fine reduced to $50 per item if it is returned undamaged.

Blocking Library Privileges

  • When fines are $10 or greater, you are blocked from:
  • Borrowing
  • Ordering and downloading articles from ILLiad, our article ordering and interlibrary loan service.
  • Using library resources off-campus.
  • Fines must be paid in full to unblock your account.