Borrowing Renewing

Borrowing Loan Periods and Fines

Items Loan period Fines
Regular Loan (books, scores)

16 weeks

for students, faculty, and staff


$0.50/day

DVDs (Popular Collection) 10 days $1.00/day
Videos (VHS) 30 days $3.00/day
DVDs (Academic Collection) 
4 hours, in-house use $0.75/hour
Bound journals 10 days $1.00/day
CDs, LPs, Cassettes 10 days $1.00/day

3-Hour Reserve
(30 minute waiting period between checkouts)

3 hours, in-house use $0.75/hour


Maximum Number of Loans

Items Students/Staff Faculty
Regular Loan (books, scores) 50 99
DVDs (Popular Collection), CDs, LPs, Cassettes 10 25
DVDs (Academic Collection), Videos 3 25 
Bound Journals 5 25
3-Hour Reserve 2 2

See Library Policies for additional circulation policies, including information about overdue notices, fines, lost materials, etc.

Who Can Borrow

Purchase College students, faculty, and staff who present a valid Purchase College ID card may borrow library materials according to the loan periods specified above.

Visitors with the following affiliations may borrow books and materials from the circulating collection (appropriate identification is required):

  • Friends of the Library
  • Manhattanville College students and faculty
  • Students and faculty from SUNY institutions
  • Faculty from WALDO (Westchester Academic Library Directors Organization) institutions

Guests and community members not affiliated with the above institutions do not have borrowing privileges but are welcome to visit us and use library materials on location.


Renewing Library Materials

Log in to your library account to:

  • Renew items online
  • Check which books you have on loan
  • Place a hold on an item (requires that the item be currently checked out)

To renew library materials online:

  • Follow this link to the new Library Discovery Search.
  • Click on Sign In (located in the upper right corner of the top menu bar).
  • Log in using your Purchase credentials (first.lastname and password).
  • After logging in, click on your name in the upper right corner. 
  • From the drop-down menu that appears, select My Library Account.
  • Your loans, requests, fines and other account information are visible on the Overview tab
  • To renew, go to the Loans tab.
  • Select the items you wish to renew by checking the box to the left of the title.
  • Click Renew (you can also click “Renew Selected” or “Renew All”).
  • Your new due date will appear above the items list.

Note that not all fine information will be listed. You may have fines from items you’ve already returned. For questions, or if you are unable to login, please contact the Circulation Desk at (914) 251-6401.