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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:

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

Library Guide (PDF)

  • Library overview

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 

$0.25 per hour reference items

$5.00 per day thesis books

Pay your fines! Late fines can result in a hold on your student account, which prevents class registration and graduation.


Returning Items

Return items to the Book Drop next to the library desk.

There is an after-hours Book Drop located outside the library, to the left of the doors. 

Mobile Catalog

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 • AIA San Diego Members


How many books can I check out at a time?

  • 20 items may be checked out at a time
  • thesis books are limited to 1 check out at a time
  • magazines are limited to 2 check outs at time


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

  • Yes, the library is open to the general public, however borrowing rights are reserved for the school community.
  • 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 > Select items to renew > 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?

  • items can be renewed a maximum of three times OR
  • another student has requested the item


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


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
    2. Notifies you that the hold item 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?

  • library staff do their best to retrieve holds as soon as requests are received
  • items may take time to locate
  • staff are happy to retrieve holds 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