Borrow

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.

Borrow 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.

Lending period* Item limit Media item limit
Undergraduates 6 weeks 99 items 5 media items
Graduate students 15 weeks 250 items 10 media items
Faculty Unlimited‡ Unlimited Unlimited
Staff 6 weeks 99 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

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.