Borrowing, Renewing, & Returning Library Materials

[Note: this page describes policies for Undergraduates only.  Faculty, Graduate students, Alums and Community borrowers should check their special pages]


Present your UPEI Campus Card to the staff at the Service Desk to borrow materials. (To get help on finding library books and other resources, see Get Help in this guide.)
You are the only person who is authorized to use your card and since you are responsible for all library transactions made with it, report a lost or stolen card immediately to UPEI Campus Security (566-0384).

  • Loan periods and due dates
    The initial loan period for books is 4 weeks but there may be a recall if a hold has been placed on the books. You cannot take out periodicals, reference books, government documents, or Special Collections materials from the library. Reserve materials have loan periods from 1hr to 28 days.
  • Limit: How many books can I borrow?
    You can have up to 30 items out at one time, including Reserve material.
  • Holds: How do I put a hold on a book that is checked out to someone else?
    Click on Place Hold which appears in the catalogue record for that book. You will need your UPEI Campus ID number (check your UPEI Campus Card if you have forgotten this number) and PIN number to place a hold (students can obtain their PIN from the Registrar's Office). You will be notified by email or by phone when the requested book is available for pick up at the Service Desk. You cannot place a hold on "available" material. All items are first-come, first-served.

Place a hold on a book

  • Does the Library have copies of textbooks?
    As a general policy, the Library does not purchase textbooks. However, you should check materials "on reserve" as your professor may have placed the textbook on reserve for your course. Textbooks are not available through Interlibrary Loan. Some textbooks for nursing and veterinary courses are available for in-library use as reference materials, and are not meant to replace purchasing your required course materials.
  • A book is in the library catalogue and "available", but I can't find it...
    Ask staff at the Service Desk for help - there are many places a book might be before it gets to its proper shelf.


Renewals extend the due date by another 4 weeks. If you do not return your books, we will attempt to renew them automatically. An item cannot be renewed if it is on hold for someone else and will be recalled, or if it has already been renewed the maximum number of times (5).

Reserve material can only be renewed in person at the Service Desk and only if no one else is waiting for that material.

You can see your items out, and manually renew them

  • online using the Library Catalogue's "My Account" feature

My account

  • in person at the Service Desk
  • by phone, 566-0583
  • or by email,


Returning library materials

Return library materials to the Service Desk, or one of the designated drop off sites. There is a book drop located outside the library (but inside the building) near the library South doors.  Contact the Service Desk if you are unable to return materials within regular operating hours by email or phone 902-566-0583.

Overdue materials and fine rates

Fines are assessed on overdue "Reserve" materials, and can be paid at the Service Desk during operating hours. Overdue items are assessed a fine of:

  • $1.00 per day for Reserve materials,
  • $5.00 per day for laptops.

Note: If your Library fines reach or exceed $10.00, you will not be able to borrow Library material.

For further information, please refer to Circulation Policies, Loan Periods, and Fines.