Borrowing from CSN Libraries

To check out materials, make use of InterLibrary Loan, or use a study room you will need a CSN library card.

Getting a CSN Library Card

You may obtain a library card at any campus library circulation desk.

Current CSN student, faculty and staff will need to show a current picture ID to obtain their library card.

Students affliated with the University of Nevada Las Vegas or Nevada State College should show their library card from their home institution.

Members of the local community and members of the military can obtain a community borrower's library card. To obtain a card, you need to complete a Library Registration form, show driver's license, state ID or military ID.

CSN Students, faculty and staff’s cards expire after you are no longer affiliated with CSN. Library cards will automatically renew as long as you hold a CSN affiliated status.

Community borrower's library cards expire 1 year after the date the card is issued. You can renew your card by showing a valid photo ID at the circulation desk of any CSN library.

Online or distance education students and faculty who want to use the libraries print collection should request the item through our online InterLibrary Loan System.

Borrowing Privileges for CSN students, staff and faculty

CSN students, staff and faculty can borrow materials from any CSN library, UNLV library, Nevada State College library or the Desert Research Institute using their library card.

General Collection Checkout Period Checkout Limit
Current CSN Students

28 days and 3 renewals*

50 items
CSN Faculty and Staff 1 semeter with 2 auto-renewals* 50 items
Community Borrowers 28 days with 2 renewals* 3 items


* Renewals are only available if there are no holds on the item.

Items in the reserves collection (including textbooks, models and equipment) circulate for 2 hours, 4 hours, 7 days or 30 days depending on the item. Only two of these items can be checked out at a time. These items are only available to CSN students, staff and faculty.

Students, staff or faculty members from UNLV or Nevada State College, can check out CSN materials using their UNLV or Nevada State College library card. You have the same borrowing privileges as CSN students, staff or faculty members.

Borrower's Responsibilities:

You are responsible for all materials checked out on your library card and any fees incurred for loss or damage of checked out items. Report a stolen or lost card immediately to the library by calling (702) 651-5723.

If you receive overdue notices for materials that you believe have been returned, contact the CSN campus library specified on the notice.

Checking out, renewing and returning items

Materials may be renewed in person at any circulation desk, by telephone or online through your account in the library catalog. Checked out items that have been requested by another user may not be renewed.

You may return borrowed items to any CSN campus library. Book drops are located outside each library for your convenience when the libraries are closed. You can also return items to UNLV or Nevada State College libraries.

Overdue and damaged materials

CSN Library Services encourages all users to return materials on time and in good condition.

Items that are 60 or more days overdue are considered lost and you will be billed for the replacement cost of the item and a $5 processing fee. Once an item is 60 or more days overdue you will be responsible for the cost of the material regardless of whether or not you return the items after the 60 days overdue. There will be no refund for a lost and returned material.

If a returned item has to be removed from the collection based on damage that occurred when you have the item, you will be billed for the replacement cost of the item and a $5 processing fee.

Users may pay the replacement cost and processing fee at any CSN cashier’s office or through MyCSN.

User with overdue items will not be able to check items until these items are returned or billed. Users who have been billed for a replacement of an item due to damage or loss may have their grades, transcripts and other college activity blocked until the replacement fee is paid or the item is returned.

Overdue Notices

To allow you to return library materials on time, overdue notices are emailed out as a courtesy to your preferred email address as listed in MyCSN for students, Workday for faculty and staff, or for community borrowers your email address on record with the library. It is the responsibility of student, faculty and staff to keep their MyCSN or Workday information, whichever is applicable, up to date. It is a community borrower’s responsibility to notify the library of any address changes so that you may receive notifications of overdue materials.

You are still responsible for items, even if you do not receive the overdue notices.