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Checkout & Renewal: Checkout & Renewal Rules and Instructions

Learn what you need to do to check out materials from the library. Also, find out how you can renew your materials, for how long you can borrow them, and fines you may need to pay

For Students

Loan Policies

Find, Check Out, & Renew Books


Check Out Books:

You can check out books from the library's Books Collection for three weeks. After that you can renew books up to two times, so theoretically you could check the same book out for nine weeks.

Your MJC ID is your library card. To check out materials you'll need to have either your MJC ID, state driver's license, or other state-issued identification. If you don't have your MJC ID we'll need for you to give us your W number in addition to presenting your alternate identification card.

You can get your free MJC ID card from the Student Development and Campus Life office. Click here for more details on getting your student ID card.


Renew Books:

Renew your library materials online. You'll need to sign in to WorldCat to begin. Learn how to renew online here.

If you do not return or renew your materials by their due dates, you will be charged a fine for every day that each item is late. To avoid fines if you are not finished with your materials, renew them in person or online.

Questions? Call (209) 575-6228.


For Faculty & Staff

Employee Borrowing Policies

You can check out all library materials for up to 6 weeks.

  • Picture ID required
  • Replacement cost charged for lost or damaged materials


For Visitors

In order to check out books and other materials, members of the public will need to become a Friend of the Library. Because of contractual obligations, off-campus access to our online resources is restricted to students, faculty, and staff.

Become a Friend Now:

Current members enjoy the following benefits:

  • Borrow up to five items at one time from the L & LC’s collection*
  • Utilize the intercampus loan program between both campuses and Columbia College. Lifetime membership includes interlibrary loan privileges.  
  • Benefit from the services of the reference librarians
  • Access all our electronic resources while visiting the L & LC, including subscription databases and online books
  • Use the L & LC’s wifi
  • Make tax-deductible donations

* Materials housed in but not owned by the L & LC (e.g., most reserve materials) are excluded.

Become a Friend now! Simply print, complete, and return the form below.