Borrow & Renew

Borrow items

UH students, faculty, and staff borrow and renew materials with their Cougar Card.

  Lending period (general collection)   Item limit  
Undergraduates 6 weeks 99 items
Graduate students 15 weeks 250 items
Faculty Unlimited Unlimited
Staff 6 weeks 99 items

Some items may have shorter loan periods, such as DVDs, CDs, VHS, technology equipment, and reserve items. Some items also carry fines if overdue.

See library privileges for more information.

Put an item on hold

Items can be requested from the UH Libraries catalog and held for pickup at any service desk.

Select the Request button () at the top of the catalog page for the item and log-in to your account. Select your pick-up location to submit the hold request.

If the item is available, it will be ready for pick-up in 2 to 3 business days.

Authorized borrowers for faculty and staff

Faculty and staff may designate individuals age 16 and up as authorized borrowers on their UH Libraries’ account.

Is what you need checked out already?

There are two options if an item is already checked out.

  • Put an item on hold: Find the item in the catalog, select the Request button () at the top of the page, and log-in. Select your pick-up location to submit the hold request.

    The item will be ready ready after the item is returned and delivered to your pick-up location.

  • Quickloan: Submitting a QuickLoan request is sometimes faster than waiting for the item to be returned.

    QuickLoan creates an interlibrary loan (ILL) request automatically to borrow the item from a non-UH library. QuickLoan is only available if all UH system copies are checked out.

    Select the QuickLoan button () on the catalog page for the item and log-in to ILLiad. You may need to create an ILLiad account if you do not have one. Review the information listed and submit the request.

    ILL delivery depends on the availability of the item and the policies of the lending library. Learn more about interlibrary loan.

Report a missing item

Submit a missing item form online via the catalog page of the item when it is not on the shelf. Select Report this Item Missing, then select Submit to be taken to the form.

Staff will search for the item for 5 business days. A notification email will be sent if the item is found. The found item will be held at the Service Desk for 7 days.

An interlibrary loan (ILL) request can be submitted if the item cannot be found. Indicate on the Report an Item Missing form to Request via Interlibrary Loan by selecting “Yes” and a request will be automatically generated.

Assistance is available at any service desk for help with missing items and requests.

Alumni and visitors

UH Alumni Association Cards grant alumni library borrowing privileges. Bring the card to the Service Desk in MD Anderson Library to create a library account. See library privileges for more information.

Visitors are welcome to borrow items using any accepted outside borrowers cards.

Renew items 

Renewals for UH Libraries items are made

Renewed due dates go from six weeks to one year, depending on the item and your status (undergraduate, graduate, faculty, etc.).

Renewals are not allowed on

There are no renewals for blocked accounts or those with over $10 in fines.

Questions about borrowing or renewing?

Contact us or call the MD Anderson Library Service Desk at (713) 743-9710.