Borrowing from LSU Libraries

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LSU Faculty, Staff and Students

Current faculty, staff, and properly registered students of LSU may borrow library materials from Middleton Library upon presentation of a valid University identification.

Members of the faculty and staff who retire under a retirement system in which they were enrolled as a function of employment at LSU retain their library privileges. Presentation of a retiree identification card is required. Access to online resources is contingent upon the retiree's maintaining a current myLSU account. For help with myLSU, please contact ITS at 225-578-3375 or helpdesk@lsu.edu.

Students who are registered for classes during the current semester will be granted borrowing privileges through the first two weeks of the following semester. Graduating students' privileges will expire on graduation day of the current semester. If students have not registered by the first day of classes of the current semester, their privileges will expire two weeks after the beginning of the semester.

Public Patrons

Some individuals not affiliated with LSU may receive limited borrowing privileges. These individuals include:

  • Louisiana residents (age 18 or older) with valid photo ID
  • Out-of-state residents who teach in Louisiana K-12 schools (must be requested by principal or superintendent)  
  • Out-of-state residents who attend LALINC institutions (must have LALINC Card)
  • Out-of-state residents working for Louisiana state agencies
  • OCLC Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program participants
  • Visiting scholars from out-of-state institutions (must be requested by an LSU dean or department head)
  • Graduate students from institutions located in other states or countries (must be requested by thesis advisor, department head, or a librarian at their home institution)
  • Adjunct LSU Faculty with gratis appointments
  • The LSU Libraries will revoke a Public Patron Card in the event of misuse or if we receive information that the patron is no longer welcome on campus. Revocation of a Public Patron Card may result in permanent denial of Public Patron Card privileges.

Public Patrons must have a valid credit card with a viable expiration date. Note: The card must be a credit card and not a debit card. Patrons may download the Public Patron PDF Packet at the bottom of the page and bring it with their credit card to the Access Services Desk in Middleton Library if they are interested in obtaining a Public Patron Card.

Individuals may request a Public Patron Card and be processed during the following times (barring holidays, school breaks, and special hours). Call Access Services (225) 578-2058 to confirm the hours.

  • 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, Mon-Fri
  • 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Sun

Letters requesting special borrowing privileges should be submitted to the Head of Circulation Services or to the Dean of Libraries and must be accompanied by proof of eligibility.

Public Patrons may borrow up to 10 books for a period of 28 days. Audio-Visual items circulate for 7 days. All Special Borrowers are subject to all rules and regulations including all library fees.

Due to licensing restrictions, remote access to electronic products is not available to Public Patrons. Also, Interlibrary Loan services are only available to Visiting Scholars.