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 students will need to show a current picture ID. CSN faculty and staff and community borrowers need to complete a Library Registration form and show picture ID.

Students, CSN staff, and community borrower's library cards expire 1 year after the date the card is issued. CSN Faculty library cards expire 3 years from 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.

Checkout Period Checkout Limit

21 days and 2 renewals*

Unlimited CSN and Nevada State College books,
50 UNLV books
DVDs (non-reserve) 7 days and 2 renewals

3 DVDs
Reserve Materials (includes anatomical models) varies 2 reserve items

* Full-time faculty can check out books for a semester. Renewals are only available if there are no holds on the item.

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.

Members of the local community and members of the military can obtain a community borrower's library card. Community borrowers can check out books for 14 days with one renewal. DVDs and reserve materials are not available to community borrowers. To obtain a card, they need to show documentation of a current local address or military ID.

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 significantly overdue are considered lost and you will be billed for the replacement cost of the item and a $5 processing fee.

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.

Users who have been billed for a replacement of an item due to damage or loss cannot check out additional library materials until the fee is paid. CSN students may have their grades, transcripts and other college activity blocked until the replacement fee is paid or the item is returned. Once resolved, account blocks will be cleared within 24 hours.

If a lost item is paid for and then found, refunds are given under limited circumstances. Credits must be requested within one month of payment of the replacement cost. After 32 days, there will be no refund for a lost and returned item.

Overdue Notices

To allow you to return library materials on time, overdue notices are emailed out as a courtesy to your CSN email or your email address on record with the library. It is your 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.