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Do you speak Library? A list of commonly used library words

Check out



Circulation Desk


To borrow something from the library; to take something home with you from the library.  You will need to show a student ID card or other photo ID to check out.


The desk in the library where you can check out books, magazines, videos, and other items. 

Due date






The date by which you should return items you have borrowed to the library.  If you keep a book past the due date, you will receive an email telling you that the book is late (or overdue) and asking you to return it.


A person who works in the library; a specialist in the library and information field.  If you are having difficulty finding what you need, you can ask a librarian for help.





A place where you can borrow books, videos, magazines, etc.; a place where can get help finding information for your classes.  (Students sometimes confuse library with book store.  A book store is a place where you can buy books.)


Loan Period





The length of time for which you can borrow something from the library.  At the end of the loan period, you must return the item to the library.




Reader (also Easy Reader)

A publication (usually a collection of articles) that is issued at regular intervals.  Magazines, journals, and newspapers are all periodicals. 


A book for ESL students that is easy to read. 






Reference Books


Something you should ask a lot when you are in the library.  We are happy to help you!


Books such as encyclopedias and dictionaries that may only be used in the library. 


Reference Desk



A desk where someone can help you find information either in the library or online.  The circulation desk and the reference desk are sometimes combined into one desk.




To extend the loan period on an item; to check an item out again so you can keep it longer.






To ask the library to hold a book for you when it is checked
out by another student.  We will email you when the book
comes back and is ready for you to check out.


To bring a book (or other item) you have borrowed back to the library.