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Borrowing and InterLibrary Loan (ILL)

The regular circulation period for books is three weeks. Tablets can be borrowed by students for one week. Media have different loan periods. During vacation periods, when the library is closed, the due date is adjusted as necessary. Material is never due on a day that the library is closed. Reserve materials have different circulation periods and generally can be used within the Library for two hours. Reference materials and journals cannot be checked out.


Users are allowed two renewals for most items. Tablets can be renewed only once in person. Materials on hold for other users  cannot be renewed. Some items may be renewed by telephone.  Call 610.902.8538 for more information.

Eligible Borrowers

In addition to affiliates of Cabrini University, students of Eastern University, Valley Forge Military College, and SEPCHE colleges and universities are welcome to borrow materials upon presentation of a valid institution ID. Students from TCLC-member institutions may borrow up to three items with a letter of introduction from their home Library. Local residents of Radnor and Tredyffrin Townships ages 18 years and older may borrow up to three items with proof of residency. Alumni of Cabrini University must present proof of alumni status and a driver's license or similar identification. Alumni are limited to regularly circulating materials and may borrow up to three items.

Fees, Fines, and Holds 

Regularly circulating overdue books accrue fines at the rate of ten cents per day. Reserve material and tablets are fined ten dollars for every day overdue. DVDs, media, and Newbery and Caldecott books are fined one dollar for every day overdue. Materials do not accrue fines on days when the library is closed.

  • For lost items, borrowers will be charged the price of the item plus a $25 cataloging/processing fee.
  • If the material is no longer in print and the Library is unable to replace it, a flat fee of $50 is charged to cover the cost of comparable replacement materials, plus the $25 cataloging/processing fee.
  • If material is charged out to a user, a hold can be placed on the item. Users are notified when material becomes available.  Users have one week to pick up the material.


In addition to borrowing privileges at Cabrini University, students may borrow materials in person from SEPCHE institutions and from member institutions of Tri-State College Library Cooperative (TCLC). In all cases, students must present proof of Cabrini affiliation and must request a letter of introduction from a Cabrini librarian for use at TCLC libraries.

InterLibrary Loan

Items unavailable in the collection may be requested by Cabrini students, faculty, and staff through interlibrary loan. Forms for books and articles can be submitted electronically through the Library's databases or by completing the following form: ILL Form. You may also contact the ILL Department at ill@cabrini.edu. Delivery of materials can take up to 10 days, so please plan ahead.

Library Sites

Tri-State Region

United States


  • The European Library - search portal for access to the combined collections of the 43 European national libraries