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Borrowing and Returns

Reading is to mind what exercise is to the body.

- Richard Steele
(British author and politician)

Borrowing and Returns

Activate Borrowing Services

As a new user, you need to activate borrowing service by click on English homepage--“Library Privilege Opening. The system adopts INFO system for identification. For freshmen, activating identity on the Electric ID Service System of Tsinghua Universit ( are required before the first login. Post-doctors graduating from other universities shall submit a copy of their doctoral dissertation together with their IC Card when making an application at the Library Card Center (1st floor, North Library) to open your library privilege.

As soon as your application is submitted, the borrowing service will be activated. And then you can borrow books from the library. For more information, please click on “Circulation Rules and Privileges” on the homepage.

Borrowing Privileges

Upon presenting a valid University IC card, you can access and borrow books according to the privilege listed below:

Loan Quotas


Loan periods for general books


1)  You can return books where you borrowed them.

2)  Books from Main Library and the six subject libraries can be returned at any library.(During special period ,the circulation policy may be different from usual, pleasecheck the latest news on the library homepage.)

3)  During the closed hours of the Library, you can return books by Self-service ReturningMachine (for 24 hours) at the east side of North Library.

Checking circulation record

After logging in the library catalog Shuimu Search (水木搜索-My Library Card), you can check your own circulation record containing information (e.g., items currently checked out, items on hold and unpaid fines, reading history) and modify your account information. 

Online reservation

You can reserve books that have been checked out to other users. You will be notified by E-mail or WeChat once the requested book is available. The requested book will be kept at loan desk only for 3 days.


You may renew books online and the new expiration date is 8 weeks after the renewal date.You may renew books for many times, however the longest period for general books (8-week loan) is 32 weeks (224 days).

Requests and Recalls

The books (more than 28- day loan) in circulation requested by other readers are subject to recall. Once being recalled, the due date for the books will be changed. A recall notice will be sent to readers via e-mail or WeChat message (subscribe the WeChat public account of "THU Information Services"). The new due date will also be displayed in the circulation record of readers. Readers should return the recalled books on or before the new due dates.

Overdue Fines

Readers who fail to return books by the due date will be charged as follows: