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Getting Started with Auburn University Libraries

This is a guide for students who are new to Auburn University Libraries.

Check Out Books, Laptops, & More

Items for Check Out:

To check out books and other materials from the library, present your Auburn University ID card. In addition to books, AU users may check out laptops, headphones, power cords, whiteboard dry erase markers, etc.  The Innovation & Research Commons (1st Floor, RBD Library) has additional technology for check out.


To renew or view items checked out to you (with due dates), login to your library account.

Loan periods vary depending on item type and your user group (e.g., student, faculty, staff, etc.).  See Circulation Department policies.

Check out and Return Locations

RBD Library's primary location for check out and return is the Circulation Desk on the 1st Floor, adjacent to the parking deck entrance.  RBD Library also has an exterior book drop located on Mell St., between the Mell Classroom Building and Spidle Hall. Additional book drops are located on the first floor of the Haley Center, the second floor of the Student Center near the Foy Help Desk, and outside between the Lowder Hall parking lot and Wiggins Hall.

Contact the Circulation Department

Circulation Department staff are available to answer your questions via email and phone. 


Phone: RBD Library: 334-844-1701  |  LADC: 334-844-1751  |  Vet Med Library: 334-844-1749


Check Out a Textbook

Some textbooks used in undergraduate core courses are available for 3-hour checkout at the RBD Library Circulation Desk (1st Floor).  Check for textbook availability.

Borrow Books & Materials from Other Libraries

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) services are your link to materials not owned or subscribed to by AU Libraries. While some ILL services across the country are still affected as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, you can:

  • Request books as usual, and participating libraries will be contacted.
  • If a physical copy of the book you request cannot be obtained, you may request an electronic scan of its table of contents and/or index. You can then select pages or a couple of chapters to be scanned and delivered to you electronically.  
  • Continue to request items that can be delivered electronically (e.g., journal articles)  
  • If an item is not available through ILL, subject librarians are available to investigate other options with you.
  • ILL requests can be made through your AU ILLiad account.  After logging in, select "Article/Book Chapter" from the Main Menu options.  

Interlibrary Loan staff are available to answer email and phone calls. 


Phone: 334-844-1728