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Borrowing Guidelines

Check out items with a valid photo ID at Library Services Desk on first floor.  The check out times for various items held at B.D. Owens Library are listed within the Circulation Composite List. The number of items that can be checked out at once per borrower type is also listed below:

Types of Borrowers Number can checkout at once
Alumni* 40
Faculty 50
Family of Faculty and Staff 40
Graduate Students 50
Maryville Public Library Patrons  5
Staff 50
Special Borrowers**  5
Undergraduate Students 50
Upward Bound 50
High School Class (per visit) 50

* Included as a benefit of Alumni Association Membership.
** Special Borrower cards are available to any community members and the fees are $20 for the first year and $10 in following years.

Renewal Guidelines

Materials may be renewed online up to 2 times (or in-person at the Library Services Desk) unless it gets requested by another patron. If someone else has put a hold on the item or you try to renew a third time, you will not be able to renew and will be prompted to return the item by your current due date.

To renew items:

  • On the library homepage, click "My Library Account"
    • my library accoun button
  • Click the “sign in” button
    • sign in button
  • Login in using your Northwest email and password (you will be prompted for two-factor verification)
    • single sign-on
  • Click “checkouts” to find all items that you currently have checked out. Here you can see each due date as well

    • view check outs
  • Click “renew” on your checked out item

    • renew


  • Confirm by clicking “renew” again
    • confirm renewal
*If you are using a public computer, be sure to sign out of your account*

Holding items

"Holds" are placed for patrons when they request materials that are currently checked-out. All loans are subject to recall after the initial loan period if a request (hold) for the material is made. If you try to renew an item online that another patron has requested, you will see an “on hold” message next to the due date and you will not be able to renew the item. In such cases, please return the item to B. D. Owens Library as soon as possible. Items placed on hold are kept at the Library Services Desk for 10 days. If the items are not picked up within the 10 day hold, they are reshelved or move to the next patron.

After returning the item in question to the library, please ask a librarian to assist you in placing a hold or locating another copy if you need to use the item again.

Check-in Procedures

Please return items to the indoor bookdrop at the Library Services Desk when the library is open. When the library is closed, use the outside bookdrop by the front doors. All items are checked in the same day they are received; there is nothing left in the bookdrops at closing time.

Place items used in the library but not checked out on any of the wooden book carts located throughout the library. Please do not reshelve materials. Thank you!

Relationship with Maryville Public Library

Community members with a Maryville Public Library card may borrow from B. D. Owens Library, and Northwest Missouri State University students, staff and faculty may borrow from Maryville Public Library (MPL). 

Process for Bearcats borrowing from MPL:

1. For Bearcats who live or own property within the City of Maryville taxing district: MPL Adult/Family Full Access cards are issued freely to households living or owning property within the City of Maryville property taxing district. To apply, please bring a photo ID and two pieces of mail or other paperwork (lease, checkbook, etc.) that show your current address, or a property tax receipt from the most recent tax year showing your household has paid city property tax to the Maryville Public Library.

2. For Bearcats who live outside the city taxing district: The same application, photo ID, and proof of address are needed, along with a $68 annual fee that covers all cardholders in the household. That amount is based upon what the library receives in property tax revenue from those living within the City’s taxing district.

More information about borrowing from Maryville Public Library, and a link to apply for an MPL Full Access Library Card can be found here.

Questions? Contact Maryville Public Library

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