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About the Library

Circulation Policies




  • Books - 3 Weeks (with two renewals)
  • Music CDs - 1 week (with two renewals)
  • DVD's - 1 week (with two renewals)
  • CD audiobooks - 2 weeks (with two renewals).

Regular fines do apply. Like most stores, if you break it (or lose it), you will need to buy a replacement. Most items can be renewed twice after initial checkout. Click My Account and renew your items at any time. View this tutorial to help you know how to renew your books online from home!


Fines are 25 cents per day for regular materials beginning the next day after the due date. The due date is stamped in the book. The library is not responsible for notifying borrowers that materials are overdue, but overdue notices will be sent by e-mail. Delays in registration or in receipt of transcripts can result from overdue materials or unpaid fines.

Reserve materials and A-V materials are assessed fines as follows: Overnight, Building Only, and 1 Day are $1.00 per hour; 3 Day and 1 week are $5.00 per day. If these materials are not returned, students will be contacted as soon as possible and reserving faculty members will be notified.


All students, staff, and faculty must register with the library to activate borrowing privileges. Registration forms are available at the circulation desk. Registration is for the current semester only and must be renewed each semester. Students, faculty and staff must present University ID cards in order to check out library materials.

TexShare participants need to register for their TexShare card at their school's library before items can be checked out from HBU Library. Participants must then bring their school I.D. card as well as their school's TexShare card with them so that they can register in our system.


These include: 1) HBU students, 2) Faculty, and 3) Staff


These include: 1) Trustees, 2) HBU alumni, 3) residents of University Place, 4) TexShare patrons and, 5) the staff of Memorial Hospital.


Currently enrolled HBU students, HBU faculty, HBU staff and HBU trustees are eligible to borrow books and articles that the Moody Library does not own though Interlibrary Loan (ILL).  An ILL request form can be filled out in person or online at  Items borrowed through ILL are shipped to Moody Library.  The patron will receive an email when their item arrives at the Library.  An HBU patron can borrow from another library in person by using a TexShare card. 

TexShare for HBU Students, Faculty, and Staff:

To get a TexShare card you will need to bring your current HBU ID (with the current term's sticker) to the Moody Library and fill out a TexShare registration form.   Your TexShare card will expire at the end of the term; after that you will need to return to the Moody Library for a new one.  Please follow all the rules of the TexShare library and return the items you borrow on time.  Rice University does not participate in the TexShare card program.  Please come to the reference desk to find out how you can check out items from Rice in person. 

If you are not an HBU student -  you must go to your library's circulation or reference desk and ask for a TexShare card. Once you have it, come back to HBU library with your current student ID card and TexShare and you can be registered.