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Using the Library

Borrowing privileges

Undergraduate 4 Weeks
Graduate One semester
Staff 4 weeks
Faculty (CUA Full-Time) One year
Faculty (Associate) One semester
CUA Alumni 3 weeks
Consortium Patrons 4 weeks

For more information please see Borrowing Privileges

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Fines and fees

  • Patrons who do not return books by their due dates and time are assessed fines and fees. If a patron has overdue materials and/or excessive fines and fees, he/she may not check out any new materials until the overdue materials are returned and/or paid for.
  • Reserve, two-hour and seven-day loans have fines of 1 cent per minute.
  • Overdue fines for regular loans are $.25 a day. There is a three day grace period for books returned within this time frame; if a book is returned after that, the full $.25 per day must be paid.
  • Payment of fines and fees must be made at Access Services in Mullen Library.
  • For more detailed information about borrowing materials, visit Circulation and Borrowing.

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Location of materials

  • For assistance locating materials in the Architecture and Planning Library, consult a library staff member.

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Requesting materials from other libraries

  • CUA is a member of WRLC (Washington Research Library Consortium). CUA students faculty and staff may request delivery of articles and books from WRLC Libraries, using a valid library barcode, directly from the WRLC Catalog.
  • CUA students, faculty, and staff may request materials unavailable from the WRLC Libraries by filling out the Interlibrary Loan form.

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My Library Account

  • To log on to My Library Account, you will need to enter your library barcode number and last name.
  • Log on to My Library Account to: Renew books online, Track the status of consortium loan requests, View fines and fees, ...And more.

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Photocopying in the Architecture and Planning Library

  • The Architecture and Planning Library has one photocopier, with 8 1/2 x 11 and 11 x 17 paper.
  • To make copies, you will need to buy a copy card from one of the copy card dispensers in Mullen Library or the Music Library. The machines take bills only, no coins. Photocopies cost $0.10 per page.
  • Cardinal Cards with Cardinal Cash (not Dining Dollars) may also be used to pay for copies.


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