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Circulation Policies: Loan Periods

Who Can Borrow What and For How Long


  • Weekdays: 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.

  • Weekends: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.

Borrowing and returning items

All Reserve items, including books, bones, anatomical models, and study aids are located behind the circulation desk. Items in the Board Review collection are located behind the circulation desk as well.  Older, print journal collections and items in our DMU collection can be found on open shelves in the library. Items in Recommended course books, Faculty Development materials, Medical Humanities books and our Leisure Reading materials are located near the library catalog computers next to the Circulation Desk.

  • Please present your student ID badge at the circulation desk to check out materials.
  • Please return or renew items on or before the date or time they are due.
  • Items that are due on a certain day, but not at a certain time, can be returned either to the circulation desk or to the book drop, which is located right outside the Library entrance.
  • When returning Reserve materials, please be sure to bring items to the circulation desk so that they can be checked in at the time they are returned.
  • In rare cases when staff is not present for an extended period of time during staffed circulation hours, materials located behind the circulation desk, such as textbooks, whiteboards, headphones, and anatomical models, are not available for checkout. You can request any print materials by filling out an ILL request during this time.
  • Please do not remove any item from the library without first checking it out. In the rare case when the circulation staff is not staffed for an extended period of time, please email

Loan periods

Reserve Books

2 hours

Bones and Anatomical Models 2 hours
Headphones/White-noise machines Due back at 10:55 p.m. on day of checkout.
White Boards and packets of markers/erasers Due back at 10:55 p.m. on day of checkout  Must stay in the Library.
Bookstands/Clipboards Due back at 10:55 p.m. on day of checkout.
DVD Drives, ZSpace glasses, and ethernet cords Due back at 10:55 p.m. on day of checkout  Must stay in the Library.
DVD's 2 weeks
3-Day Reserve 3 days
Reserve Select 2 weeks
Journals  3 days
Board Review Collection 7 days
Board Select 2 weeks
DMU Recommended Collection 2 weeks


2 weeks

DMU (Open Shelf) Books

Due May 15

Leisure Reading and Medical Humanities Collections

Due May 15


*Print materials in the Reserve collection check out overnight after 9 p.m., and are due back at 10 a.m. on the following day. Non-print Items in the Reserve collection (such as bones) do not check out overnight. Mediascape adapters are for use in room 280 only, and must be returned when you are done using that room.

Library Policies (Study Rooms and More)

Study rooms in the Library are governed by the Des Moines University study room policy, which can be located on the Pulse page under the Services button. Look for Study Room Reservation Guidelines.

In order for students to book a room, the official DMU policy is to use the Resource Scheduler, located on Pulse. Please use this program to find the room you would like to reserve, then send an email to to request your reservation. Rooms reservations on campus are governed by University policies, as managed by our facilities department.  

Most study rooms in the library are available on a first come/first serve basis. We have two rooms where a seat can be reserved: SEC 218  & 223.

The Library is a quiet study space. Study rooms are available for students who need to converse. All other library spaces are for silent, individual study. Cell phone conversations are not allowed in any area of the Library, including study rooms. Children are also not allowed in any area of the Library.

Food is allowed in the Library at the discretion of the Library staff. Greasy, crumbly, or otherwise messy food should be consumed elsewhere. Patrons should leave no trace of food or wrappers behind. It is the prerogative of Library staff to determine whether questionable food items are appropriate for consumption in the Library.

Apply for a job working in the Library

Are you interested in working in the Library? If you are currently enrolled in a full-time, on-campus program, and have a FAFSA on file with the Financial Aid office, we encourage you to apply. You must be eligible to receive Federal Work Study funds. Please fill out and submit our application.

Phone: 515-271-1537