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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 of St. Louise de Marillac.

The downtown Loop Library book drop is open for returns 8am-5pm Monday through Friday. NOTE: These are the DePaul Center building hours and NOT the hours of operation of the Loop Library. The book drop is located to the right of the library entrance on the 10th Floor. Patrons will have to use the 333 S. State Street entrance to DePaul Center.

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

  • Equipment returns are not accepted via the book drop. If you are unable to return equipment in-person, please contact us at libnotice@depaul.edu. We will provide prepaid shipping label and instructions for packing up equipment to return via mail.
    • The following are examples of equipment:
      • Cameras, Tripods, Webcams
      • Phone charger items
      • Video games / consoles
      • Tablets
      • Headphones
  • 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 something?

Effective January 2021, the Library abolished overdue fines for most library materials. However, replacement fees will still be assessed if an item is not returned. If you have library books, DVDs or CDs, please return them to the book drops at your earliest convenience. For equipment, please email libnotice@depaul.edu with your name, ID number and what you need to return. A staff member will advise. 

Can I renew the due date for materials I borrowed?

Renewals have been suspended for I-Share materials borrowed before January 5th, 2021:

If you currently have I-Share materials checked out prior to 1/5/21, you will not have the ability to extend the loan period. As DePaul and other I-Share libraries prepare for a return to normal operations, the decision was made to end long term loans for all I-Share consortium institutions. This means that any patron who has had library materials from an I-Share library for more than 112 days will be unable to renew these materials. You will need to return these materials to the DePaul University Library or a nearby I-Share library with community access. Library materials can be returned in person or by mail.

To review and manage your library borrowing account, see: https://library.depaul.edu/services/Pages/My-Account-Renew.aspx. If you have any questions, concerns or just need assistance with your library account, please contact us via Ask-a-Librarian

Can I send books back instead of dropping them off in person?

Please use USPS (United States Postal Service) to ensure delivery. Mail items to the following address:

ATTN: Access Services

DePaul University

John T. Richardson Library

2350 N Kenmore Ave

Chicago, IL 60614-3210

No overdue fines will accrue while items are in transit. 

If you are unable to visit campus or ship materials via USPS, please contact  libnotice@depaul.edu to discuss additional options.

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 contact us at libnotice@depaul.edu and provide your name and DePaul ID number.