Returning Borrowed Items

Last updated: November 18, 2020

Items from our collections do not need to be returned by their due date, and they won't be recalled while building access is limited. We encourage you to hold on to these materials and will continue to automatically renew your checked-out items.

Please return your interlibrary loan items by their due date. You can request to renew them via ILLiad starting 5 days before your due date, and up to 2 days afterward. Renewals are decided by the lending library. We will notify you by email of their decision. 

No fines are being assessed for late returns. If you receive a fine notice by mistake, please email

If you must return items

If you have interlibrary loan items or must return items from our collection while building access is limited, use one of the following outdoor book drops or send them back to us in the mail. There are also drop boxes inside the Moore Building on North Campus near the entrance to the Music Library.

Use outdoor drop boxes 

Outdoor drop boxes are available at:

  • Hatcher Library: Drop box to the left of the south building entry doors (behind the Clements Library)
  • Shapiro Library: Drop box near the southwest emergency exit doors, just off the South University Avenue driveway 
  • Pierpont Commons: Outdoor drop box at the drive-up entrance off Murfin Avenue on North Campus

These drop boxes are emptied on weekdays and items are quarantined for 7 days before processing. Don't worry if it takes a few days for returned items to clear from your account.

Send by mail

If you've left campus, you can mail items back to the library: University of Michigan Library, 913 South University Avenue, Room 104, Ann Arbor, MI 48109.

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