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Manage your checked out items online

Track checked out items, view upcoming due dates, renew items about to be due, view holds, and other library account information online.  Activate your account to access these online features:


Easy instructions on how to activate your library account






If you already activated your library account, login here:


  login to your library account



Borrowing and Access

Item loan periods and access to online subscription databases depends on your current affiliation with the university.  Here is a closer look:

NDNU students, faculty, and staff are eligible for library privileges with their NDNU ID card. This includes access to computers and online subscriptions databases.

Alumni are considered to be part of the NDNU community and may borrow library items.  Alumni wishing to borrow library items, must have a campus ID card.  Obtaining an ID card involves a few steps and a small fee, and it all begins with the Campus Housing office.  Alumni are encouraged to call Housing prior to visiting campus to know what steps are expected of them to obtain an ID card and to know when Housing is open.

Alums can also log into library computers and access library databases while on campus.  Alums are not able to access library databases remotely, only while in the library.  This is due to licensing restrictions.  In order to log into library computers, after first obtaining a campus ID card, alums will also need an alumni email account.  To set up this email account, alums should contact OIT Director Merle Mason at to request an alumni email account.  Elizabeth Valente is the University's Director of Alumni & Community Relations, 650-508-3515,

San Mateo County Educators are granted special borrowing permits to access the San Mateo Education Research Center books that are now part of the Gellert Library's collections.

Public. Community members are welcome to use books and other forms of media, but are not permitted to check out library items or use the library’s online subscription databases or computers.

Check the options below to find out how long you can hang on to an item and to review related fees if items are not renewed (when allowable) or returned by their due date:

Item Students Faculty Staff Alumni San Mateo County Educators
Loan Periods Table
Books 16 Weeks 6 months 6 months 16 weeks 16 Weeks (SMERC items only)
Course Reserves In-library use only In-library use only In-library use only In-library use only --
Print Journals In-library use only In-library use only In-library use only In-library use only In-library use only
Reference In-library use only In-library use only In-library use only In-library use only In-library use only
Music Scores 3 Weeks End of semester End of semester 3 Weeks --
DVDs & CDs In-library use only 1 Week 1 Week In-library use only --
Interlibrary Loan Varies by institution Varies by institution Varies by institution -- --
Access to Electronic Resources Yes Yes Yes No No
Headphones In-library use only In-library use only In-library use only In-library use only In-library use only
Laptops 1 week 1 Week 1 Week -- --
iPads In-library use only In-library use only In-library use only -- --
Camcorder 3 days 3 days 3 days -- --
Tripod 3 days 3 days 3 days -- --

Overdue and lost materials
Circulating Overdue: account blocked. Lost: minimum $100 replacement fee
Reserve Overdue: $1.00 per hour (max $60). Lost: minimum $100 replacement fee (after 30 days overdue)
Interlibrary Loan Overdue: Fee varies depending on lending institution. Lost: minimum $100 replacement fee (after 30 days overdue)
Lost Cost to replace item. A borrower may replace lost or damaged materials with acceptable copies at the discretion of the Access Services Manager



How our books are organized

The library’s 120,000 physical books are organized using the ‘Library of Congress Classification’ system.  The classification arranges materials by subject using an alphanumeric system that produces unique ‘call numbers’ for each item.  An item’s call number is listed in both the online catalog used to search the collection and on the item itself.  The book shelves (aka ‘stacks’) display call number ranges to help you find items.  Ask a friendly library staff member if you need help finding an item, we are here to help.


Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

To get articles and books that the library does not own, take advantage of ILL, a free service for current NDNU community members.  How it works 


Suggest a New Resource

suggestions from NDNU students, faculty and staff for new additions to our collections.

Use this form to suggest a new resource.


University Archives

For questions regarding the University Archives, please contact Interim Director Carmen Martinez at