Learn more about borrowing items from the Pope Pius XII Library.

The circulation desk can help you find out more about library collections, borrowing privileges, loan periods, renewals, fees and more.

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Bring your valid USJ ID to get a borrower's account at the Library. You can obtain a new or replacement ID at the Campus Safety Office in McGovern Hall (860.231.5222). Verified alumni may request a courtesy card from library staff members to borrow four items from the collection. These borrowing privileges will be active for one year and can be renewed upon request.


Books circulate for eight weeks from the checkout date with an optional renewal time of three additional weeks. Audio-visual and test materials circulate for seven days. Reserve items have varied loan periods, depending on each instructor's wishes.


Online renewal is easy!

  1. Go to Library Catalog.
  2. Click LOGIN on top right.
  3. Type your last name & 14 digit barcode (on back of your student/employee ID.)
  4. Click "My Book Cart" and submit.
  5. Click your name when it appears.
  6. This will bring up your account. From here you may renew all, or renew selected items.

If you prefer, you can still bring the item to the library for renewal. But for your own security, renewals cannot be made over the phone. Items may be renewed once and the renewal loan period for books is 3 weeks.

Please note that items on reserve for a class may not be renewed. Renewals may also be denied if the item has a hold list.


Please return borrowed materials to the circulation desk in the reference room. You may use the book drop near the front entrance for after-hour returns. Most Connecticut libraries will also accept your borrowed materials and forward them for you at no cost.


  • Overdue fees for regularly circulating items are 10¢ per day.
  • Overdue fees for reserve items are $1.00 per day.
  • Overdue notices are issued on the 1st and 15th day after materials become overdue. Bills for replacement costs are issued on the 28th day.
  • Once an account has fees of $5 or more, borrowing privileges are suspended until the items are returned and the fees are paid in full.
  • Students with library fees reaching $30 will have transcripts and course registration blocked until the fees are paid in full at the library.
  • Fees for replacement of items include the fair-market value cost of the item, and a $10 processing fee for each item.

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