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Borrowing FAQ

Do I need a library account to use the STScI Library?
It is not necessary to have a library account to use online materials within the STScI domain or to use print materials within the Library. If you'd like to borrow print materials, you need a library account.
Who may borrow from the STScI Library?
You may borrow from the library if you are an STScI employee of AURA, ESA, CSA, a long-term visitor with an STScI ID card, or with permission of the librarian.
How do I register to borrow from the STScI Library?
Visit the library and complete the registration form available near the self-checkout or request a registration from library staff.
What can be checked out?
Books (a.k.a. "monographs") may be checked out by registered users. Periodicals, observatory publications, and reference materials do not circulate except by special permission.
How do I check out a book?
Use the self-checkout station, located in the library. If the self-checkout station is unavailable, we have provided you with means to leave a note for library staff.
How do I find out what I have checked out?
Log in to your library account here. From within the online catalog click on "My Account" and log in with your username and PIN, which is the same as your username. You can view items currently checked out as well as a list of items you previously borrowed and returned.
If a book is checked out that I want, what do I do?
Our Online Catalog records list the person who has checked out a particular item. If you need it, get in touch with that person about using it and let us know if you'd like to transfer "borrowship". If you feel that the library needs an additional copy, contact the library staff.
For how long may I borrow something?
For permanent staff, for most materials, there is a nominal due date of one year. As long as no one else has requested an item, you may renew indefinitely. Because books have such long loan periods, it is preferred that they stay on the premises, available to other staff if they have need. Short-term visitors and registered non-staff may borrow on a short-term basis.
How can I renew something?
Renew materials yourself from within the Online Catalog by clicking on "My Account" and logging in (username and PIN are the same). Or, get in touch with library staff and we'll do it for you.
How do I return books?
Return books by placing them on the return cart in the library, located near room 424C.
How can I get an affiliate's library card for the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Libraries? May I visit the JHU Libraries?
STScI staff who are interested in borrowing from the Johns Hopkins Universities Libraries must go to the library in person to register for an affiliated account. Be prepared to present your STScI ID card. To simply visit the Eisenhower Library on the Homewood Campus or any other JHU Library, you do not need a Hopkins borrowing card -- simply present a photo ID when you enter the building.
If you would like to use JHU's electronic resources, present your JHU borrower's card to the circulation desk in the Eisenhower Library. Staff there will give you a temporary login that you may use at terminals within Eisenhower. STScI with no direct link to JHU as a faculty member or student are not permitted to access JHU's electronic resources from offsite due to licensing restrictions.
If you need material that is only available electronically via JHU and cannot visit their library in-person, contact STScI Library staff and we will go to the Eisenhower Library on your behalf or request the article/material via interlibrary loan.
What if the Library doesn't have the materials I need?
Contact us and we will find a way to get it for you via interlibrary loan or one of our professional networks. When appropriate or urgent, we can also purchase materials or individual article access.