We are excited to offer you an added service for checking out materials and managing your library account.  If you prefer that personal touch, the Circulation staff are still available to help you check out your materials and answer questions. 

How many self-checks are there, and where are they located?  There are three--two on the first floor and one in Children’s Services on the ground floor. 

What can I check out using the self-checks?

  • Books, magazines, DVDs, and books on disc in the Adult collection.
  • Most materials in Children’s Services.

Some CDs, interlibrary loans, and some special collections remain behind the Circulation Desk where you will need your library card or photo ID to check out.   

What if I forget my library barcode number or password?  We always recommend that you carry your library card with you.  But if you forget your barcode or password, stop by the Circulation Desk and ask the library staff how you can obtain that information.

What if my barcode is too worn out to scan?  At the self-check, simply type in your library barcode number.  If you are an Urbana cardholder, you can obtain a replacement card at the Circulation Desk.   

Can I pay my fees at the self-checks?  No, please go to the Circulation Desk to pay fees. 

How will I know my checkout at a self-check is successful?  Leave your items on the self-check table until a green checkmark appears next to each item, which means the checkout is complete and security has been turned off. If any items do not check out successfully, please take them to the Circulation Desk. 

Can I search the collection and place hold requests from the self-checks?  No, you can only search and place requests at one of the CU Catalog computers throughout the Library or ask at the Info Desk, Adult Services, or Children’s Services.