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Check Out Library Materials

Here's how to borrow materials from the library while our in-person services are limited.

How to borrow library materials

Henry Madden LibraryNeed to check out books, DVDs, or other items for the Fall 2020 semester? The library is open with limited in-person services for current Fresno State students and faculty. See below for how you can borrow materials from the library.


Request Tech Lending Items

Laptop, like those available from Tech Lending at the Madden Library.Tech Lending items can be requested through our website and be picked up by appointment at the desk.

Return Tech Lending items at the desk anytime the library is open. No appointment needed.


Request Books and Media

You can borrow books, DVDs, and other items in the library by requesting them through OneSearch. You'll get an email when they are ready, then you can pick them up at the library and check them out. Here's how it works:

Place requests through OneSearch

Watch this short video or read the step-by-step instructions below.


  1. Search for items in OneSearch as usual, and select a book or other item you want to check out.
  2. Choose the button that says "Sign in for more options."
    OneSearch item with sign in button
  3. Choose "Fresno State Users" to log in.
    OneSearch login screen
  4. Then choose the "Request" link.
    OneSearch request link
  5. Choose "Request" one more time to confirm.
    Request confirmation in OneSearch
    For items with multiple volumes, you'll be able to choose which volume you want to request.
    For some items, like DVDs, you may see a choice between "hold" and "book." Choose "hold."
  6. Repeat these steps to request additional items. You will only have to log on once.

Wait for an email

Madden Library staff will retrieve the items you requested and will send you an email when they are ready.

Pick up your items at the library

Come to the library to pick up your items. You'll find them on Order Pickup shelves just inside the lobby, in a bag with your name. Remember to bring your Fresno State ID and a mask!

Order pickup shelves at the Madden Library

Check out

Check out your items using the Self Checkout machines in the lobby. Library staff will be available if you need help.

Self-checkout machines at the Madden Library.

When you are finished with the items, return them inside the library or use the book drop near the front doors of the library.

Want the short version?

Watch these instructional TIkToks on how to check out library materials: Part 1 & Part 2 


CSU+ and Interlibrary Loan

CSU+ Resource Sharing logoCSU+ and Interlibrary Loan services have restarted. Items can be requested as usual and picked up at the library.

These services may be somewhat slower than usual due to limited staffing and hours at partner libraries.

Items borrowed through CSU+ or ILL can be returned inside the library or in the book drop near the front doors of the library.