Borrowing Periods

Students 6 weeks
Staff 6 weeks
Faculty 8 weeks
Alumni 2 weeks
CDs, DVDs, VHS 1-7 days
Books* 3 hours
Audiovisual (CDs, DVDs, VHS) 4 hours

*Reserve books charged out after 9:30 pm must be returned by 8 am the following morning.

Request a Book

Books not owned by the library can be requested using ILLiad or E-ZBorrow (for Pennsylvania users). See our Requesting Books page for instructions. Always search the Library Catalog for PCOM holdings before requesting a book through ILLiad or E-ZBorrow. Please note that textbooks are not available for interlibrary loan.

Pennsylvania users have a self-service option in E-ZBorrow. Login to the PALCI catalog with your PCOM Library ID #.

You can find your PCOM Library ID # on the back of your PCOM ID card. Your Library ID # consists of four zeroes + the final five digits on the back of your PCOM ID (see below).

new id card

For PCOM IDs issued prior to Summer 2014, your Library ID # consists of four zeroes + the first five digits on the back of your PCOM ID (see below).


If you are unable to sign in to your account, fill out the following form to request your library id number.

Purchase Recommendations

The Library welcomes purchase recommendations from faculty, students, and staff. Please check current availability in the Library Catalog and Journal Locator prior to making your request. Make recommendations by submitting the following form.

Book Holds & Call Slips

Is the book you need marked “available” in the catalog?
If you are searching the PCOM catalog and you see a title that you want that is marked available, you can request the circulation staff to retrieve that book and have it waiting for you behind the circulation desk. You don’t have to be on campus to use this, and the book will stay on the shelf for 4 days until you pick it up.

Is the book you need marked “charged out” in the catalog?
Does it say Charged Out? Check here for instructions!


Books or AVs may be recalled when required by faculty for course use and reserve status. Notification of recall will be sent via e-mail to your PCOM e-mail account or phone. Recalled items must be returned to the Library within 7 days of the recall notification. Overdue fines will accrue after 7 days.

Address or ID Change

Borrowers are responsible for supplying correct and current addresses as well as any name changes. Please notify of any change in address or phone number. Also advise Circulation if you have a new PCOM ID as your barcode must be updated