Borrowing Privileges


Faculty and Staff

Local Borrowers / Retired Faculty / Staff and Families of Current MHU Employees


All library patron records are protected by law and are strictly confidential. To view North Carolina law click here.


A current library card must be presented for any circulation transaction. Library materials must be checked out before they are removed from the building.


  • Notices are sent by email to patrons a day before their items are due back to the library.
  • Books which are not overdue can be renewed through one of several methods.
    • The patron can ask for renewals in Renfro Library, with or without the item in hand.
      It is also possible for a patron to renew his/her books online by going to MHU Catalog, then click on “Your Library Account” to access his/her own account.
      An item can also be renewed over the phone.
  • Once an item is overdue, the patron must bring the item into the library for renewal.
  • Books can be renewed up to two times for patrons in good standing.

  • Holding Items

  • A patron can request a hold on any item that is currently checked out to another patron by using the Request feature on the online catalog.
    • Click on the Request link at the top of the screen above the book information. The patron will then enter their name and MHU ID #. They will also enter a date to cancel the hold. Once completed then click submit.
  • When an item is returned that has a hold on it, the circulation system will notify the patron who has requested the material. The item will be held on the hold shelf behind the Circulation Desk for 3 days.

  • Returns

    You may return items at the circulation desk or the book drop next to the front entrance of the library. The book drop is always open.

    Overdue Materials

  • If a patron has overdue materials, their borrowing privileges are suspended until the items are returned. This includes borrowing books, reserves, laptops, study carrels, interlibrary loan, etc.
  • If, after 3 weekly email reminders are sent, the books are not renewed or returned, the patron will be billed for replacement costs and a non-refundable $10 processing fee.
  • Borrowing privileges will be restored once the fines and replacement costs are paid.

  • Damages

    If an item is returned and noticeably damaged, there will be a cost for repair or replacement. The cost will vary depending on the severity of the damage. Cost for minor damage will be a $10 processing fee, and severe damage will be the replacement cost of the item.


    Renfro library produces overdue notices several times a week. Library patrons will receive notices through their university email account. Notices are a courtesy and failure to receive one does not excuse penalties associated with library materials.