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Circulation and User Services Department

Explains what services are available to students, staff, faculty, alums and visitors.

Checking out materials

Your SHU ID card is your library card.  You will need it or a valid photo ID in order to check out materials from the library.

Borrowing privileges at the Ryan-Matura Library are governed by the following rules:

  • Circulation policies are designed to provide equal access to the Library's collection for all borrowers.
  • Fines are levied to promote the prompt return of materials to allow others access.
  • Replacement costs are applied to purchase a replacement item, at the current price.
  • Processing fees are charged to cover the cost of library personnel time and supplies in preparing the material for the shelf.

Items located at the Center for Healthcare Education do NOT circulate.


Borrowing Policy

  • Undergraduates: 35 day loan period, 1 renewal, subject to recalls.
  • Graduates: 70 day loan period, 1 renewal, subject to recalls
  • Faculty/Staff: 70 day loan period, 4 renewals, subject to recalls.

Items on Course Reserve may be checked out for the time limit set by the course instructor.



  • $.25 per day for books.
  • $1.00 per day for videos.
  • $1.00 per HOUR per item for reserve materials.
  • $1.00 per item, per day for books that have been recalled.
  • $2.00 per item, per day for videos that have been recalled.
  • $1.00 per day for special collection books.
  • Items obtained through interlibrary Loan (ILL) will be fined in the same manner as material belonging to the Ryan-Matura Library.
  • Blocks will be placed on a patron's circulation privileges when fines and/or fees exceed $25.00.
  • A copy of the policies for students, faculty, staff and guests is available in the Library.
  • The patron is ultimately responsible for returning items on time. A receipt with the due date is issued to the patron at the time of check out.  Patrons also have access to their own records on the Enterprise system and may check the status of any or all items checked out. Renewal of items may be performed through the Enterprise system prior to the due date. Overdue notices will be sent to the patron's email and home address. However, sending an overdue notice is a courtesy.

Guest borrowers

Anyone who not a current SHU faculty, student or staff is classified in our system as a guest borrower.  Below are the categories of guests:

Notre Dame High School Students must have a signed form from their librarian to receive free borrowing privileges.

Bridgeport, Fairfield, and Trumbull residents can sign up for free borrower privileges.  Alumni, Senior Citizens, clergy and Social Work Field Instructors do not pay a fee.  

All other residents pay a fee of $40.00 per year.

All guests must register at the Circulation desk in order to borrow items.

Guest Borrowing Limits:


  • Library books may be borrowed for 14 days with no renewals
  • There is a limit of 3 books.
  • Videos may not be borrowed


  • Library books may be borrowed for 28 days with no renewals.
  • 5 books may be checked out at one  time.
  • All library materials are subject to recall.
  • Videos may be borrowed for 3 days; with no renewals.

Interlibrary loan service is not available to Guests.


  • $.25 per day for books.
  • $1.00 per day for videos.
  • $1.00 per HOUR per item for reserve materials.  (check out time is determined by the instructor)
  • $1.00 per item, per day for books that have been recalled.
  • $2.00 per item, per day for videos that have been recalled.


You may renew books online if they are NOT overdue.  If your book or books are overdue, you must bring them into the library to renew them in person or call the Circulation desk at (203) 371-7702.

From the library home page, go to the "My Accounts" tab and then to "Renew Books."  Login with the same SHU username and password that you use for SHU email, Blackboard, etc. and submit.  Your personal library account will be displayed.

Check the book or books that you want to renew.  You may only renew books according to the category of your borrowing privileges.  Click the appropriate button, renew all or renew selected.

Be sure to log out of your account after this transaction if you are using a public computer.