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Richard Welsh Library 2.0: Borrowing


This page contains information on Borrowing privileges, Renewals, Holds, Returns, and Fines.


Quick Links:

Sign into your account to:‚Äč

  • Check on your due dates
  • Renew your checked outs
  • See the status of your holds
  • See any fines you may owe


Library Guide (PDF)

  • Contains library information.
  • Easy to print booklet.


NewSchool Circulation Policy (PDF)

  • Printable version of all NewSchool library borrowing policies. 


Borrowing Lengths

Open Shelf Books

3 weeks

New Books

2 weeks


2 hours

DVDs / Games

3 days

Thesis Books

1 day


Late Fines

$0.25 per day regular items

$0.25 per hour reference

$5.00 per day thesis

Sorry! Not paying late fines can result in a hold place on your account which can prevent class registration and graduation.


Returning Items

Please come into the library and place items in the Book Drop box next to the desk.

After hours, there is a book drop located outside the library, to the left of the doors. 

Catalog via Phone

QR code to access mobile site Scan the QR Code to access our mobile catalog site. 


borrowing policy

Borrowing Privileges:

Who can borrow books?

       • Current Students  •  Faculty  • Local Alumni


How many books can I have checked out at a time?

  • 20 items may be checkout at a time.
  • Thesis books are limited to 1 check out at a time.
  • Magazines are limited to 2 items checked out at time


I have no connection to NewSchool, can I still use the library?

  • Yes, you may use the library in person, however you cannot check out materials.
  • Please contact us at 619-684-8783  or send us an email for more information.


How do I get an account?

  • You must come into the library with your student ID to sign up for an account.
  • Not sure if you already have one? Sign In Here.

Renewing Items:

How do I renew my items?

  • Sign In to your Account. > My Account > My Checkouts > Click on box of items to renew > Click renew. 
  • Email the Library and ask to renew your items
  • Call the library desk (619) 684-8783 and ask to renew your items.


My items are not renewing, what's wrong?

  • You have renewed your item 3 times. You cannot renew more than this.
  • Another student is waiting for your item.


Someone has the item I need, what do I do?

  • You can place a hold on items that are checked out by another student.
  • Log into the Catalog > Locate the book you want via search > Click on theicon.
  • Holds prevent the student from renewing the item
  • Holds do not guarantee that students return the item on time
  • If you are having a problem, contact your librarian.


I can't make it into the library until later, can you save a book for me?


How will I know my hold is ready?

  •  You will receive 2 emails: 
    1. Confirms you placed the hold (your item isn't ready yet).
    2. Notifies you that your hold is ready for pick up.


Where is my hold located?

  • Holds are located behind the desk. Please ask a staff member for help.


I placed my hold 10 minutes ago, is my book ready?

  • Maybe.
  • The library staff does its best to retrieve holds from the shelf as soon as the email comes in.
  • Not all holds are ready in a few minutes and may take time to locate.
  • The staff is happy to pull them when you arrive if they have not yet had the opportunity to do so.

RICHARD WELSH LIBRARY at NewSchool of Architecture +Design

1249 F Street San Diego CA 92101

619 684 8783