University Library DePaul Library

How do I return my books?

The Lincoln Park John T. Richardson Library 24-hour book drop is open for returns and is located outside the west quad-side library entrance to Kelly Hall, behind the statue.

The downtown Loop Library book drop is open for returns 8am-5pm Monday through Friday. It is located to the right of the library entrance on the 10th Floor. Patrons will have to use the 333 S. State Street entrance, show a DePaul ID, and sign in to access the DePaul Center.

 Please read on for additional details for returning books and other material:

  • Equipment returns are not accepted via the book drop. Please contact us at libnotice@depaul.edu to (1) setup an appointment for curbside equipment drop off or (2) if you are unable to return equipment using curbside drop off, we ask that you hang on to it until the library re-opens.
  • Items may not be checked in immediately, but no overdue fines will be charged for any materials due back during the Library closure.

Map shows location of book drop on west quad side of library near Fullerton Ave


Image Shows rectangular bronze book drop drawer embedded in brick all behind the Louise de Marillac statue on the west quad side of the John T. Richardson LibraryImage shows the book drop located behind the St. Louise de Marillac statue on the quad side of the John T. Richardson Library

Will I be fined if I don’t return a book?

You will not be charged overdue fines for any materials due back during the Library closure. If you have library books, please return them to the book drops at your earliest convenience. For other materials (DVDs, game consoles, etc.) checked out, please contact us at libnotice@depaul.edu to (1) setup an appointment for curbside equipment drop off or (2) if you are unable to return equipment using curbside drop off, we ask that you hang onto equipment until the library re-opens.

Can I still check out books from the Library?

Because our Library buildings are closed to patron traffic at this time, it is not possible to borrow physical materials (books, DVDs, games, etc.) or request I-Share books. 

I-Share delivery service has been suspended state-wide and we will not process interlibrary loan requests for print materials until further notice.

Our electronic resources, including a large number of e-books and streaming videos, are still available to DePaul students, faculty, and staff.

I have a block on my student account preventing me from registering for classes? What should I do?

Blocks will be temporarily lifted until the library resumes billing operations.

Please email the Billing Assistant at jspann2@depaul.edu and provide your name and DePaul ID number.

Can I still place an Interlibrary Loan request?

While the library is not currently circulating physical materials, you can request electronic access to book chapters, articles and other digital materials through our Interlibrary Loan Service.

I’m a distance learner. How do I return my books or request new ones?

We are unable to accept packages until further notice, please hold on to the books for now. No overdue fines will be charged.

While the Library buildings are closed, we are not able to circulate physical materials. This includes mailing books to distance learners.