Student & Staff Borrowing Policy

Please see our Borrowing Books page for information on number of items and checkout times.



A valid UTSA ID or other Photo ID is required to check-out materials.


For more details on student and staff borrowing privileges click on each of the categories listed below.


UTSA Libraries reserves the right to recall items on loan when they are required or requested for course reserves. Items recalled for course reserves must be returned by the new due date emailed to the borrower, and overdue fine rates will apply if the items are not returned by the new due date.

Returning or Renewing

Items may be returned to the John Peace Library on Main Campus, the Downtown Library, or the AET Library, regardless of where they were checked out.

If you are still using the books, you may renew them up to three times. Books can be renewed online through your account, by calling the John Peace Library (210-458-4574) or the Downtown Library (210-458-2440), or in person at the Front Desk of either library.

Reserves, popular reading, tech gear, and curriculum material collections do not allow renewals due to their high demand nature. For these items please call or visit the library to find out your options for renewing or extending your current loan.

Overdue Fines

Overdue fines are charged for regular books and multimedia items, as well as for high-demand items including reserve materials, recalled items, and laptops.  Overdue notices are emailed to you as a courtesy. Failure to receive notices of overdue items is not grounds for dismissing fines. A hold will be placed on your account if your overdue fines or fees for lost library item(s) total $95 or more and you will not be able to borrow, renew, or request materials (with the exception of Course Reserves, Laptops, or Calculators), or order transcripts if your overdue fines or fees for lost library item(s) total $95 or more.

How to Check and Pay Your Fines

Item TypeFineMaximum Charge
Regular books & multimedia items$0.50/day$15
Curriculum Materials$0.50/day$15
Reserve items (including textbooks)$1/hour$30
Tech Gear (including laptops)$1/hour$30

*Some bound journals are not available for checkout. Please contact us for more information.

Lost or Damaged Items

Users are responsible for items lost or damaged during their borrowing period. In addition to replacement costs, users will be responsible for overdue fines and for a processing fee of $10 for lost items. For damaged items, charges will be determined by the cost of repairs or replacement.

Item TypeReplacement Cost
Laptop power adapters$50
Other Tech Gear itemsPlease contact the library the
material was borrowed from
Interlibrary LoansPlease contact the ILL office
at (210) 458-8340