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About: Checkout Policy

Checkout Policy

Checkout Policies (are generally for 3 weeks and 2 renewals; Prospector items are 3 weeks and 1 renewal)

*CCU patrons and visitors have access to all print and online library resources while in the physical CCU library (visitors please see library staff). We can only provide remote access to currently-enrolled students, faculty, and staff per our licensing agreements with database vendors.

Our borrowing types are found here.


Patron Type Maximum Items to Check Out Book Loan Period Media Loan Period Renewals Holds
Students 25 3 Weeks 1 Week 2 25
Staff 25 3 Weeks 1 Week 2 25
Faculty Unlimited 6 Weeks 1 Week 2 Unlimited
Alumni 5 3 Weeks 1 Week 2 0

Community Borrowers

1 3 Weeks 1 Week 2 0



  • You can renew items online through your library account.  Login to view your due dates, check outs, holds, etc.


  • Items can be returned at the Check Out desk during library hours or outside in the book return by the library's west entrance 24/7.

Loan Periods for Reserve Items:

  • Your professor has determined the length of the loan period for the items they have placed on reserve, usually 2 hours.
  • Reserve items may be taken outside the library while they are checked out.

CCU Library and Prospector Holds:

  • You can place up to 25 holds on CCU or Prospector items through the library catalog and pick them up at the Check Out Desk. We fill holds multiple times each day and notices are sent out the following morning. If you want to receive notices as soon as your item is ready, sign up for text message notifications.  
  • Items that you've requested from other libraries arrive within 2-7 days.  You will receive an email notice when it is ready to be picked up (at the Main Campus).  If you live outside of the metro area we can mail you items (you will need to call 303-963-3250 and request this) and you are responsible to return them to us.  
  • Both CCU Library and Prospector items stay on the hold shelf for 8 days.
  • Community Borrowers and CCU alums are not allowed to place items on hold in our catalog.  Please ask us about placing holds through Prospector if you have an account with another library in Prospector


  • Alumni can set up an Alumni account; use your previous student ID or we can assign you a new number.  This is for physical book check outs.
  • Alumni can check out up to five items at a time.
  • Alumni can access our databases & electronic resources from within the library only (we will log on for you; just ask at the Circulation desk).
  • Please ask us about placing holds through Prospector if you have an account with another library in Prospector.

Visiting Patron Checkout:

  • Aurora, Jeffco, and other local library patrons may check out books on campus using their home library card.

ATLA Reciprocal Borrower agreement

  • The CCU Library is a participating member in the ATLA Reciprocal Borrower agreement and CCU students can borrow items through this agreement from Denver Seminary and the St. John Vianney - Cardinal Stafford libraries here and others outside of Colorado.  Please have something with you that shows you are a CCU student. 

Community Borrowers:

  • Community Borrowers can check out one item at a time ("Visiting Patrons", above, can check out more items). 
  • If computers are available, you are welcome to use one. Please ask at the circulation desk and we will log you in. 
  • Community Borrowers can access our databases & electronic resources from within the library.
  • Community Borrowers are not allowed to place items on hold in our catalog.  Please ask us about placing holds through Prospector if you have an account with another library in Prospector.

Notices and Fines:

  • Fines are .50/day per item.

  • For reserve items, fines are $1.00/hour per item.

  • Courtesy email notices are sent three days before the due date, the day after the due date, and at one and two weeks after the due date. Email notices are sent to the email address on file with the University. The Library cannot guarantee the delivery of courtesy notices. You are responsible for knowing your due dates. Library accounts can be viewed online.

  • You can elect to be notified for holds via SMS text messages. To sign up, log in to your library account and turn the feature on in "Account Settings." Data and texting fees may apply.

  • Paying Fines: Fines and replacement fees can be paid for with cash, check, or an Amazon gift card emailed to the library at  Please include your name and student ID number in the email.

  • View how to borrow at the library 

Lost items:

  • Patrons are responsible to pay the replacement fee of a lost item, including Prospector and Mobius library items. 
  • The standard replacement fee for a lost or damaged book is $50; the standard replacement fee for DVDs and CDs is $30.
  • Please let the library know if you've lost an item and we will work with you. 
  • If a lost ("billed") book is returned the maximum fine charged is $10 (certainly less than the replacement fee). 


  • If an item isn't returned after it's six weeks past due or if your late fees are over $20, your student account is blocked with the Registrar. This block will prevent you from registering or dropping classes. When the item is returned or replaced and the fines are paid ($10/book is the maximum) the account is cleared. This is not an automatic process; you need to speak to library staff to have the Registrar block removed from your account.

  • The standard replacement fee for a lost or damaged book is $50. The standard replacement fee for DVDs and CDs is $30.


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