Borrow & Renew

Borrow items

UH students, faculty, and staff borrow and renew materials with their Cougar Card.

  Lending period (general collection)   Item limit  
Undergraduates 6 weeks 99 items
Graduate students 15 weeks 250 items
Faculty Unlimited Unlimited
Staff 6 weeks 99 items

See library privileges for more information. Some items may have shorter loan periods, such as DVDs, CDs, VHS, technology equipment, and reserve items. Some items also carry fines if overdue.

Alumni and visitors

UH Alumni Association Cards grant alumni library borrowing privileges. Bring the card to the Service Desk in MD Anderson Library to create a library account. See library privileges for more information.

Visitors are welcome to borrow items using any accepted outside borrowers cards.

Renew items 

Renewals for UH Libraries items are made

Renewed due dates go from six weeks to one year, depending on status (undergraduate, graduate, faculty, etc.). Unlimited renewals can be made unless the item has been put on hold by another user.

Items borrowed through interlibrary loan are renewed with ILLiad.

Renewals are not allowed on

  • Reserve items
  • DVDs / VHS
  • Laptops
  • Books put on hold for another user
  • Leisure Reading books

There are no renewals for blocked accounts or those with over $10 in fines.


Contact us or call the Service Desk at (713) 743-9710.