Borrowing Privileges & Loan Periods

The following information is about the library’s collections and policies concerning checking out materials, how long you may check out materials, overdues, holds, renewals, and replacements.

Library Collections

The Erickson Library has over a dozen collections including Art, Audio, Minnesota, Oversize, Paperback, Popular Fiction, and Reference. Some library collections are in-house use only.


Borrowing privileges are extended to patrons with a valid Lake Superior College identification card (students and employees) and to community borrowers. All materials are checked out from the library’s Circulation Desk.

Loan Periods

  • Books* – 4 weeks / 2 renewals
  • DVDs – 1 week / 1 renewal
  • Audiobooks – 4 weeks / 1 renewal
  • Reference – In-library use only
  • Journals, Magazines, and Newspapers – In-library use only
  • Course Reserves – 2 hours & in-library use only
  • Group Study Rooms – 2 hours

*Most books can be checked out. The exceptions are the Oversized and Art Collection materials which are in-library use only.


If a book is overdue for more than 7 days and not returned, a non-refundable $2.00 processing fee for each item is charged. At 14 days, a Lost notice is sent. Borrowers are then charged a replacement cost and a HOLD is placed on his/her library account. Please return materials promptly.

Group Study Rooms are in high demand during Mid-terms and Finals. A Group Study Room may be checked out for 2 hours. Renewals may be possible as long as no one else is waiting to use a Study Room. Fines for Group Study Rooms occur immediately upon the 2 hour due date, so please return to the Circulation Desk promptly.


All library materials are subject to holds and recalls. Please return materials promptly if you receive a notice.


Materials may be renewed online following the My Account link in the library catalog or in-person at the Circulation Desk. Click HERE for instructions on How to Renew Items.

Replacement/Processing Charges for Lost or Non-Returned Items

Replacement charges for non-returned (including lost) library materials will be assessed per replacement costs plus $15.00 per item processing fee. This charge can be removed if the item is returned before a replacement is ordered. For items no longer available, the replacement cost is determined by available copies through our book vendors.