Library Services

Borrowing privileges

Your PLU ID (Lutecard) is your library card. When you first check out a book, our circulation staff will add a barcode to the back of your Lutecard. There is no limit to the number of items you can check out, and no fines. You will, however, have to return all checked out items at the end of every academic year (due date: April 30). Items cannot be renewed online.

Renew Interlibrary Loan books by logging on to ILLiad. Click View/ Checked Out Items/Click on the Transaction Number of the book you wish to renew. Click on Renew Request, this will send a request of ten days renewal to the lending library. If you are having problems renewing an item, please contact the ILL staff.

Faculty borrowing periods:

Item Type Borrowing Period Number of Renewals
Books School year, with recall every April 30th Unlimited
Bound journals 7 days None
DVDs and videos 3 days None
CDs 7 days None
Juvenile/curriculum materials 28 days One, for two weeks














Consortial borrowing

Your status as a current faculty member grants you borrowing privileges at all Puget Sound Academic Independent Libraries (PSAIL) and all Northwest Association of Private Colleges and Universities (NAPCU) Libraries. Please inquire with these libraries to determine what privileges are available.


Interlibrary Loan

Our Interlibrary Loan service is available for books, journal articles, and other materials that the PLU library does not own, or any book the PLU library does have that is currently checked out. If you have never used our ILL service before, create an account first. You may also wish to read the FAQ to learn more about what can be borrowed, copyright and use policies, how long it will take to process your request, and more.


Extended loan periods for students

Got a Capstone course? Got a special project your students are working on, that requires a lot of library research?

Students can check out books for 28 days, with one 14-day renewal if the book is not on hold for another patron. At your request, they can check up to five of those books out for an additional 28 days, as long as the books are not on hold for another patron. This does not apply to print journals, media materials, or Interlibrary Loans.

If you'd like to take advantage of extended loan periods for your students, please contact Circulation at either circdesk@plu.edu, 535-7500, or in person with the name of the course, a list of the students' names, and the research subject.