Northland students may borrow library materials by presenting a picture ID at the circulation desk. Loan periods vary by type of item and are listed below. Any student of a Minnesota State institution may check out Northland materials using a valid library card from the parent institution, and a Northland library card is good at any other Minnesota State institution!

Loan Periods

MaterialsLoan PeriodGrace Period
Books3 weeks1 week
Periodicals, journals1 week3 days
DVDs1 week3 days
Reserve material2 hours1 hour
Overnight reserve1 day1 day


Any library materials may be renewed once. This renewal may be made in person or by phone. Materials do not need to be presented to be renewed. Materials may also be renewed by the patron at any PALS terminal or on WEBPALS from any Internet location.

Overdue Notices

Overdue notices are sent to patrons as a courtesy reminder when material is overdue. However, borrowers are responsible for returning or renewing materials on time and for paying all fines and charges whether or not a notice has been received.


The fine policy at Northland Library is intended to be a deterrent to overdue materials, not a way to raise money! The patron should always be aware of the due date of items checked out and either renew them or return them in a timely manner. Fines accumulate until the maximum amount is reached or until the material is returned to the library. No patron with an outstanding fine may check out additional material until the fine is paid. If material is not returned, the library assumes it is lost and a bill for replacement costs plus processing fees is issued. When such materials are returned, the charges, including processing fees, are reduced to reflect maximum overdue fines.

MaterialFine PolicyMaximum
Books$.50/day for 7 days; then $1/day$13.50
Periodicals, journals$.50/day$5.00
Reserve material$1.00/hour$20.00
Overnight reserve$2.00/hour$20.00