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How do I Use the Library?: Borrow Items

An Introduction to the Kraemer Family Library

Can Anyone Borrow Materials?

Anyone with a PPLD (Pikes Peak Library District) library card can set up an account. You can check out up to 5 items at a time. Books check out for 3 weeks. Movies or CDs check out for 1 week.

Public users can only access our online materials (ebooks, streaming movies, etc) while on campus.

Picking Up Holds

If you placed a hold on an item in our library, or requested items from another library, they will be kept at the main circulation desk. You will receive an email when your items are ready to be picked up.

Ebooks & Streaming Movies

To access an ebook or streaming movie, you need to use the link to view the eBook or streaming film above the Location, Call # and Status information inside the item's full record.

the view eBook link in a catalog record is above the information about the location, call number, and status

If you are off campus, you will be asked to enter your UCCS username and password.

Finding a Book or Movie Inside the Library

When you discover a book or movie that you want to borrow, make sure to check the location, the call number and the status to be sure the item is available and so you know where to find it inside the library building.

a catalog record for a book with location, call number, and status highlighted

Possible Locations (click here to see a map of the library):

  • Main Collection - upstairs
  • Main Oversize - upstairs
  • Reserves - main floor, behind circulation desk (give the call number to an employee)
  • Reference - main floor, behind the Research Assistance desk (items can not be checked out)
  • Videodiscs - main floor, behind the Research Assistance desk
  • Child Lit / Young Adult / Graphic Novels - main floor, across from the bathrooms
  • Government Documents / Colorado Documents - main floor, by the University Center entrance

Find a Book on the Shelves

To find a print book, first identify the correct section of the library by checking the location of the book. Most books are in the "Main Collection" which is on the 3rd floor.

Reading LC Call Numbers

Books sorted in correct order by call number. The book described in the text below has call number N66 .B634 1999

  • N - describes the subject area: read in alphabetical order
  • 66 -  describes the topic: read as a whole number
  • .B634 - describes the author's last name: read in alphabetical order, then the number as a decimal
  • 1999  - date of publication: read in chronological order

If you are unable to locate the book or the book is missing, ask for help at the Circulation Desk.

Borrowing an Item

When you are ready to leave, bring your items and UCCS ID card to a Circulation Desk at either entrance.

Loan Periods

Books (Main Collection)

  • Undergraduates - 3 weeks
  • Graduate students - 6 weeks
  • Faculty/Staff - 3 months

DVDs & CDs - 1 week

Child & YA Literature - 3 weeks

Popular Reading - 2 weeks

Returning & Renewing Items

You will receive an email from the Library when your borrowed items are close to being due. Make sure to either renew or return these items on time to avoid late fees.


If no one has placed a hold on your item, you can usually renew it up to 3 times. You can renew items in person, over the phone (719-255-3296), or online using My Library Account (you will need your UCCS ID).


Return items to one of the Circulation desks inside the library or use a library book drop outside the building.