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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

Circulation Manager (208) 426-4039


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, present your BroncoCard at the Circulation desk, and they can place a hold on the item. You will receive an email when the item is returned, and we will keep it on the hold shelf for up to 8 days.

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. Lost replacement charges are $75.00 plus non-refundable $25 processing fee. The library cannot accept replacements for lost Interlibrary Loan material.

Loan Periods

Undergraduates28 days7 days1 day unbound; 1 week boundReserves:
$2/day; $10 max.
100 items
Graduates, Honorsend-of-semester7 days2 days unbound; 1 week boundReserves:
$2/day; $10 max.
250 items
Faculty, Staffone year7 days2 days unbound; 1 week boundN/A1000 items
Special Borrowers*28 days7 daysnone.25/day; $10 max10 items


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.

Lost Books

Lost 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. The library cannot accept replacements for lost material. If an item is returned after it has been billed, the cost of the item will be waived.


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 cash, check, or credit card.

Special Borrowers

  • Albertsons Library welcomes community users and participates in the Idaho-wide LiLI Express program.
  • Idaho citizens 18 years or older may be eligible for a community borrower card by presenting a current Idaho driver’s license, state ID, or proof of Idaho residency.
  • Boise State graduates are eligible for a community borrower card by presenting a current driver’s license or state ID.
  • Military personnel are eligible for a community borrower card by presenting a current driver’s license and military ID.
  • With a card, the borrower may check out up to ten items at a time.
  • High school students have limited checkout privileges with the approval of their high school librarian. Consult your school librarian for details.
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