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A valid Boise State University Photo ID (BroncoCard) or Special Borrower card is required to check materials out from the library. Borrowing materials creates a contract with Albertsons Library that materials will be returned on time and in good condition.

Borrowing FAQs

General Information

Main Desk (208) 426-1204

General Loan Periods

Undergraduatesend-of-semester14 days1 day unbound; 14 days boundReserves:
$2/day; $10 max.
100 items
Graduates, Honorsend-of-semester14 days2 days unbound; 14 days boundReserves:
$2/day; $10 max.
250 items
Faculty, Staffone year14 days2 days unbound; 14 days boundN/A1000 items
Special Borrowers*end-of-semester14 days14 days bound.25/day; $10 max10 items


A hold can be placed using the library catalog and the Hold/Request button.

If you need a book that is checked out to another patron, a hold can be placed using the library catalog and the Hold/Request button. You will receive an email when the item is returned, and you will be able to set up a Curbside Pick-up appointment.

Interlibrary Loan Items

Items procured via Interlibrary Loan belong to another library. At the third overdue notice (30 days), the item will be considered lost and the borrower’s interlibrary loan account will be blocked.  The library cannot accept replacements for lost Interlibrary Loan material.


The library has 64 lockers on the third floor (outside of Room 302). Lockers are available to all currently enrolled Boise State University students. There is no per semester cost. Keys can be checked out at the Circulation Desk. Lost locker keys will be assessed a $40.00 replacement fee.

Lost and Found

The lost and found is located at the Circulation Desk on the 1st floor. All items will be taken to the SUB Information Desk or Campus Security each Friday.

Lost and Damaged Books

Lost book replacement charges are $75.00. Books are considered ‘Lost’ after 40 days. Patrons receive one ‘courtesy notice’ before the item is due and two overdue notices before a final bill is sent. The library cannot accept replacements for lost material as we do collection development based on content replacement, not item replacement. If an item is returned after it has been billed, the cost of the item will be waived. If a lost book has been paid for then subsequently found by the patron and returned within six months, payment will be refunded except for a $25 processing fee.

Damaged book charges may vary depending on the damage and if the item is still usable. Non-usable books will be charged a $75.00 replacement fee. Please contact us for further information.


An item can be renewed for four loan periods unless a hold has been placed on the item or the materials are required for Reserves.

You can renew your item:

  • In Person:  Stop by the Circulation Desk
  • By Phone:  (208) 426-1204
  • Online via the Online Catalog
  • From the Albertsons Library homepage, select the Using the Library, Library Accounts, and then Your Library Account link.
        • Log in to your account using your my.BoiseState user name and password.
        • Select the materials you want to renew by checking the box next to the item.
        • Select the “Renew Items” button at the bottom of your list
        • Scan down your list of items to verify that the system was able to renew the selected materials.

Return Policy and Overdue Fines


Books may be returned in the book drops at the end of the ramp west of the Library’s front doors, the book drop at the end of the Circulation counter, or may be given to staff at the counter. A drive-up book drop may also be found in front of the Hemingway Center accessible from the Central Reserve parking lot.


Overdue notices will be e-mailed. Three (3) days prior to the due date, a courtesy notice will be sent. The first overdue notice will be sent 7 days after the due date, followed by a second notice 15 days after the due date.


Fines or fees are payable at the library Circulation Desk by check or credit card.

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