Borrowing Materials


How do I borrow a book from the library?

Please have your Ivy Tech student ID or other proof of school registration handy  to check out any material from your campus library. If you do not have a student ID, one can be obtained at the Security Desk at the East Chicago location or at the Gary Arts& Sciences building. If you are not a current Ivy Tech student, you may be able to check out a limit of three books as a community user. Ask staff at your campus library for details. 


How many books may I borrow at one time, and how long can I keep a book out?

Up to 5 books can be checked out at any one time.  Books are checked out for 2 weeks at a time.  A book may be renewed two times unless another person has requested it, or if there is a demand for the book.


What about DVDs or magazines, can I check them out?

DVDs are meant for in-house use, or for use by instructors in their classrooms.  DVDs are for 1 week check-out by the instructor.  There are a few DVDS limited for off-campus check-out  by students -  primarily non-instructional or entertainment DVDs - but do check with librarian first. 

Magazines and scholarly journals can be checked out for 1 week, provided it is not the current issue.

Are there fines for overdue books?  What if I lose or damage a book?

Materials that are 15 to 28 days overdue will have a $3.00 overdue fine charged for each item.  Books that are returned 29 or more days late are considered lost and the overdue fine changes to a $5.00 lost fee per item.  If the book is actually lost or heavily damaged, the replacement cost of the book is also charged along with the $5.00 lost fee. If the book is no longer available for replacement purchase, the maximum replacement charge is $45.00 per item. Fines and fees are to be paid at the Bursar's Office. 


What if I don't pay the fines and fees right away?

You are responsible for paying any fines or fees for late return, or for loss of library materials checked out in your name or on your student ID. Failure to do so may cause your borrowing privileges to be suspended.  You will also not be able to register for new classes, graduate, or get a copy of your transcripts until your account is paid in full.


How can I renew books?

By the due date of the item, you can renew the item to extend the loan period. There are several ways:

  • Online via the My Account tab that is located in IvyCat (library catalog)
  • By phone
    • Gary IUN Library (219) 981- 4410
    • East Chicago Library (219) 392-3600, Ext 3276
    • Crown Point Library (219) 980-7799, Ext. 2403
  • In person at your campus library


If you don't have the book I need, can you get it from some other library?

There are multiple ways to borrow materials from Ivy Tech and other statewide libraries, starting with our local INTERLIBRARY LOAN service. The delivery time varies depending on which library has the book.  If the library catalog (IvyCat) shows the book to be at one of three Lake County libraries - Gary,  East Chicago, or Crown Point, please allow 3 to 5 days. Please let a library staff member know of the book to be requested from any of these libraries, or fill out the Interlibrary Loan form online via the Ask-a-Librarian link on our Lake County library website.

Materials listed in IvyCat from other IvyTech libraries, and from academic and public libraries around the state, please allow 1 to 2 weeks.  See a library staff member for help with this type of interlibrary loan service.