Returning Library Materials

General Info

All University of Texas Libraries materials may be returned to the circulation desk from which they were checked out. Return receipts are available upon request. For borrowers' convenience, each of the University Libraries, except Architecture/Planning, has book returns available for use both during and after hours. Materials returned after a circulation desk closes may not be checked in until the next day the library is open. Recalled items are due by the recall due date before the circulation desk closes.

Some materials must be returned only to the desk from which they were checked out. These are:

reserve materials
materials borrowed through Interlibrary Services
non-book items

(e.g., audio/video tapes and disks, microfiche, CD-Roms, maps, DVDs, equipment)
except Fine Arts Library media, which may be deposited in the slot specifically designated for their return on the west side of the Doty Fine Arts Building, or in the AV return box inside PCL

materials on less than 7-day loan
fragile materials
Tarleton Law Library materials*

Materials other than the exceptions above may be returned to any library's book return or at drive-up book returns. Book returns are regularly cleared; nevertheless, returning books to a book return will delay their being checked in and may result in fines if the books are returned after the last time the book return is cleared for the day.

*The University of Texas Libraries and the Tarleton Law Library are separate entities. Return each library's materials to the owning library.

Returning by Mail

Please remember that books remain your responsibility until they are received and checked in at a circulation desk. If you are out of town, avoid late charges by maintaining your current email and postal mail address with the University, keeping up with the status of the materials you have checked out, and allowing sufficient time for return by mail.

University Mail Service does not provide delivery of books borrowed from the Libraries. If you are on campus, return materials to one of the Libraries book returns or an appropriate service desk.

If you return a book by mail, be aware that it may take more time than you expect to reach the library. Mail comes to campus, then to the appropriate library, and then to the circulation desk. University staff may accept delivery of an item a day or two in advance of its being checked in at the library circulation desk. Using a form of mail that allows you to track a package will help you know it has been delivered.

U.S. Mail

Circulation Services Dept., or name of other library unit
University of Texas Libraries
The University of Texas at Austin
101 E. 21st St., Stop S5460
Austin, TX 78712-1490

Expedited Mail Service

PCL Circulation Services
University of Texas Libraries
The University of Texas at Austin
101 E. 21st St.
First Floor Dock
Austin, TX 78712

Book Returns

There are two book returns on the University of Texas at Austin main campus. You do not need a University parking permit to drive by and use the north campus return.

A book return is located on the north end of campus. The return is located on the south side of Dean Keeton Street between Speedway and San Jacinto streets. It is accessible to pedestrians at street level north of Robert Lee Moore Hall (RLM).

A second return is located in the central part of campus near the Main Building (the Tower). It is in the circle drive between the Flawn Academic Center (FAC) and the Main Building. The return is at the bottom of the steps at the east entrance to FAC.

Restrictions are posted on the book returns. Signs indicating that the book returns are closed may also be posted during holiday periods.

24 Hour Book Drop

Another return is located on the Pickle Research Campus, on the northwest side of the Library Storage Facility. This return is intended for use by borrowers at PRC who wish to return books to the main campus. The return is cleared once each weekday morning. Books deposited after the return is cleared will not be checked in until the next weekday.