Borrowing Policies

Check Out Information

Anyone is welcome to use Howard-Tilton Memorial Library. To check out materials form the library, however, you will need one of the following:

  • Splash: A Splash Card is a Tulane ID for active faculty, staff, and students.
  • Alumni: Any former Tulane student may get borrowing privileges with an active card from the Tulane Alumni Office.
  • TU/LU: A TU/LU Card is a card for Loyola undergraduates to borrow from Howard-Tilton.
  • CALL: A CALL Card is for faculty and graduate students from New Orleans universities to borrow from Howard-Tilton.
  • LALINC: A LALINC Card is for faculty and graduate students from Louisiana universities to borrow from Howard-Tilton.
  • Subscriber card: A Subscriber Card is for members of the public to borrow from Howard-Tilton.
    If you are not currently a subscriber, you can become one. Anyone may purchase a Subscriber Card, which entitles library users not affiliated with Tulane to borrow books from the library. All books are checked out for 28 days, and are subject to recall after two weeks. There is a $250.00 annual fee for a Subscriber card. Cards cannot be renewed until all outstanding fines are paid. Please call the Check-Out Desk at (504) 865-5689 for more information. This card may not be used at the Law School and Medical School Libraries. It also cannot be used to access online databases off-campus.

Choose your affiliation:


Tulane Graduate Student:
Book Loan Period 1 semester
Borrow Non-circulating Journals Yes - 2 Days
Cost of Membership N/A
Number of Items Allowed 50
Number of Book Renewals Allowed 3
Borrow Reserve Materials Yes
Borrow Tech Equipment Yes
Borrow Circulating DVDs Yes - 1 Week; Allowed 5 at a time
Borrow Circulating CDs Yes - 2 Weeks; Allowed 7 at a time
Assigned Carrels Yes - Via Carrel Application Form


Books may be renewed online or in person at the Check-Out Desk if the item is not overdue or has not been requested by another library user.

Books may not be renewed over the phone or via email.

To renew online:

  1. Go to the Library Account link in the top right of all pages.
    • sign in library account screenshot
  2. Sign in.
    • Use your Tulane username and password.
    • Tulane Library User Login Screen
  3. Go to My Account, select the items to renew, and click Renew Selected.

Library users are limited to 3 consecutive renewals per book.  High school students with borrowing privileges are not allowed to renew.

Please don't borrow a book on your library card for another person. You will be held responsible for any overdue or lost book charges.


When the library is open, a book may be returned to the book drops located just inside the entrance to the building.  If you require a receipt, return the item at the Check-Out Desk personally. Reserve books must be returned to the Check-Out Desk.

When the library is closed, a book depository is available to the right of the main entrance for your convenience. However, Reserve books are still subject to fines if not returned to the Check-Out Desk.

Do not return a checked-out book to the shelf or place it on a book truck. Books are subject to fines for any delay involved in their return to the Check-Out Desk.

Appeal Fines and Fees

Appeal Fines and Fees here

At times a library user may wish to dispute a library charge such as overdue fines, recall fines, lost, damaged or missing items. The user should first speak with the supervisor on duty. If the problem is not resolved the user may fill out an appeal form. Appeal forms are available online and at the Check-Out Desk. All appeals forms must be filled out completely and accurately. Please submit any documentation that will help the Appeals Board make its decision.

The Appeals Board is comprised of a three librarians and/or staff members from the various divisions of the library and the Head of Circulation. The Appeals Board meets once a month (only if there are enough appeals to be heard). The board will make a decision and the decision form will be sent to the user with the verdict.

Alternate Faculty Borrowing Cards

Alternate Faculty Borrowing Cards allow Tulane faculty members to designate teaching assistants, graduate assistants, or others to check out materials to their library account.  Faculty members may authorize who they choose to check out materials in their name simply by sending them to the library with this card.  To obtain an Alternate Faculty Borrowing Card, the faculty member must come to the Check-Out Desk in person to verify their identity to anyone at the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library Check-Out Desk, fill out and sign a request form that the library keeps on file.  After filling out the form, library staff will issue them the card.  Every item checked out with the Alternate Faculty Borrowing Card is charged to the faculty member's library account just as if it was checked out with the faculty member's Tulane ID.  Alternate Faculty Borrowing Cards do not expire so they may be passed to other student or graduate assistants as the faculty member sees fit.  The faculty member remains fully responsible for all books checked out with the alternate card and responsible for recalling the card when the surrogate terminates from Tulane.