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Checkout Periods

The amount of time you may checkout materials from the Library depends on what type of patron you are. All current UST graduate students are allowed to have 30 materials checked out at once and the checkout period is for the entire semester.

 Patron Type

   Borrowing Period/Renewals   

   Check out Limit   

Graduate Students & Staff

Semester/No Renewals


UST Undergraduate Students

21 days/2 Renewals


Alumni, Priests & Deacons 

21 days/2 Renewals


Friends of the Library

21 days/2 Renewals



Overdue Fines

All materials are due before or on their respective due dates or they will start to incur fines. No library patron is exempt from fines.

  • Fines for standard material start at $0.10 per day.
  • If a recall request is placed on a book in your possession, you have 7 days to return the book. If it is not returned a fine of $1 per day will begin to incur.
  • Reserve books are due exactly 24 hours after checkout. If the book is not returned within the first 24 hours, the fine is $1 per hour (max $24).
  • The after hours study room key must be returned at 9:00 AM the following day. If the key is not returned, the fine is $1 per quarter hour.

Library accounts exceeding the $5 in fines are temporarily revoked borrowing privileges until the account is paid in full. If excessive fines occur, it is up to the discretion of the librarian on duty whether or not to allow the patron to borrow materials.


Lost Book Fee

Because the replacement of lost books requires not only the price of the book but the costs of cataloging, processing and binding as well, the fee for a lost book is $75.  This is consistent with the cost of lost books at Doherty Library on the main campus.  If you have any questions, contact the Beran Library Chair, Dr. Mary Kelleher at 713-686-4345 x248 or at kellehm(at)stthom(dot)edu.

Cardinal Beran Library - 9845 Memorial Drive - Houston, Texas 77024 - 713-686-4345 x 265

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