University Library DePaul Library

How do I return my books?

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

The Loop Library book drop downtown 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. We ask that you hang on to items until the library re-opens.
  • Items will not be checked in immediately due to quarantine protocols, but no overdue fines will be charged for any materials due back during the Library closure. Please wait 10 days after return of materials before verifying check-in and asking for shelf checks.

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, we ask that you hang onto equipment until the library re-opens.

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 and provide your name and DePaul ID number.

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. At this time, we are not able to mail books to distance learners.