General Collections

The general collections include most books, circulating government publications, maps, and off-site storage materials.

User TypeLoan PeriodRenewalItem Limit
Auraria and other CU campus Undergraduate28 days375
Auraria and other CU campus Graduate60 days3140
Auraria and other CU campus Faculty/Staff180 days4200
Public and Alumni21 days16


Prospector is a partnership between libraries in Colorado and Wyoming. Through Prospector you can choose from over 30 million books, DVDs, CDs, videos and other materials held in these libraries and have them delivered to you at your home library.

User TypeLoan PeriodRenewalItem Limit
Auraria Undergraduate21 days140
Auraria Graduate21 days140
Auraria Faculty/Staff21 days140

Interlibrary Loan

If you are an Auraria campus user looking for an item that is not available at Auraria or through Prospector, you can request materials from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan.  The loan period and renewal options are determined by the lending library. Articles are electronically accessed from the your ILLiad account. Other materials are picked up from the Ask Us Desk. Renewals are at the discretion of the lending library, so results will vary; however, all renewal requests should be made at least two working days before the item is due to allow the lending library time to process the renewal request. 


Reference materials are for use in the library only. Reference materials (excludes materials at the Ask Us Desk) may be checked out only to Auraria campus faculty for a 4-hour or overnight period.


Magazines and journals are for use in the library only. Current and bound issues of periodicals can be checked out only by Auraria Campus faculty for a 24-hour time period. To check out a periodical, please obtain a request form from the Ask Us Desk.

Course Reserves

Course Reserves provide convenient access to required reading materials selected by faculty. Reserves may include books, online articles, DVD’s, and other items required for class assignments. Most reserve items are available for two hours to ensure availability for many users. Check if your professor has materials on this collection.

Film and Video

Students, staff, and faculty may borrow DVDs for 7 days, this collection is located on the first floor. Faculty may book DVDs in advance for classroom viewing by placing the item on hold. 

Ask Us Collection

You can find a variety of technology and anatomical items to support your course work at the first floor Ask Us Desk, such as anatomical models, skeletons, graphing calculators, laptops, and more. The loan period on these items varies from two hours to an entire semester. These items are only available to current Auraria Campus students, faculty, and staff. Check out more information here on the Ask Us Collection.

Confidentiality of Library Records

Library circulation records and other records and databases identifying the names of library users are strictly confidential under State Law: Colorado Statute 24-90-119 Privacy of User Records. Such records will not be made available except pursuant to legal process, order or subpoena through the University Librarian/Library Director. For more information please visit Auraria Library Privacy Statement page.