Borrow & Request

You can borrow physical or digital items from our collection and beyond. Find items to borrow using our search tools.

Borrowing from the library

Your Cougar Card is your library card. All UH students, faculty, and staff can borrow from the library, free of charge.

Request from beyond our collection

If we do not have an item, get it from another library using interlibrary loan (ILL).

Borrowing policies

Lending periods and item limits on physical checkouts depend on your status.

Classification Lending period* Item limit Media item limit
Undergraduates 6 weeks 100 items 5 media items
Graduate students End of Semester 250 items 10 media items
Faculty Unlimited‡ 500 items 20 media items**
Staff 6 months 500 items 10 media items
Alumni 6 weeks 30 items 5 media items

*Items from UHCL/UHD/UHV, reserves, media, and others may have different lending periods   ‡Faculty checkouts are due on April 15 but renew automatically   **Exceptions are made on a case by case basis

Log-in to your library account to see items you’ve borrowed and their due dates.

If you returned an item and it still appears on your account, you can claim the returned item.