PSU Library Policies

The Portland State University Library is a fantastic resource for Challenge Students. Individualized course guides for Challenge Program classes are available where you will find useful information about Library resources and services to support your academic success.

The following are PSU Library Policies for Challenge Students:

  • PSU Library books check out for 6 weeks and can be renewed twice. Books ordered from other libraries through the Summit system check out for 6 weeks and cannot be renewed. 
  • Library notices, including due dates, courtesy reminders, and overdue notices are sent to your email address. If you don't check that email address, you are still responsible for returning the books on time.
  • You can renew by calling the Circulation Desk (503-725-4234), emailing, or coming into the library and requesting a renewal. 
  • PSU Library books do not have daily late fees. However, if the books are more than 40 days overdue, the lost book charge is $100 per book: $75 for the book and a $35 processing fee. The charge is sent to the Cashier's Office and the University will send you a bill in the mail. 
  • Summit books have daily overdue fines of .50 a day. Lost book charges are $90. The lost book charge is $75 and there is a $15 processing fee.
  • You are responsible for the books checked out on your library account. If you check out books for a classmate and they don't return the books, you will have to track them down.