Borrow items from Tisch, Music & SMFA

Tufts students, faculty and staff can borrow a range of items, including books, DVDs, CDs, laptops, iPads, bikes and cameras. 

If you are not currently affiliated with Tufts, see our visitors page to find out what you can borrow.

Finding items to borrow

You can search for available items in JumboSearch.

Equipment, such as laptops, chargers, iPads, cameras, hard drives, audio recorders, microphones are also listed in the catalog.

Finding items located in the library

  • The Lilly Music Library is down the hill from Tisch. You don't need to be a music major to use this library. 
  • The SMFA Library is in Boston. You can use JumboSearch to request that an item be sent to Tisch for pickup. 
  • Tisch Book Stacks are on Level 1, arranged by call number. You can consult the floorplans posted in the stacks to find your way around, or you can ask us for help. 
  • Tisch Reserves are available at the Tisch Library Main Desk on Level 2, immediately to your left as you enter the building. 
  • Tisch Oversize, Reference, DVD Collections, Current Periodicals, Microforms and Folio are on the second (main) floor of the library. Ask us for help if you can't find one of these items. 
  • Tisch Bound Periodicals are on Level G. You can also use our Scan & Deliver service to have an article from this collection sent to you.

Where to check out items

  • Visit the Main Desk at Tisch Library to borrow books, DVDs, and equipment.  
  • Visit the Main Desk at Lilly Library, located in Granoff Music Center, to borrow books, scores, and recordings.  
  • Visit the Main Desk at the SMFA Library, located on the Fenway campus in Boston.

See our library maps to find your way to the Main Desk at each library.

You can also use one of our self-checkout stations at Tisch, Lilly and SMFA libraries, or download the Tufts Library Mobile Checkout app to check out items yourself! Read more about self-checkout at the libraries.

Loan & Renewal periods

Loan and renewal periods differ for different users. You can find what you can borrow and renew, and for how long, in the tables below:

Faculty, Staff and Faculty Emeriti Borrowing
What can I borrow? How long can I borrow? Can it be renewed?
Books 180 days up to 36 months
CDs and DVDs 14 days up to 1 month
Laptops 7 days No renewals
Chargers & Adapters 1 day No renewals
Other A/V Equipment 7 days No renewals

Graduate Student, Retired Faculty or Staff, Visiting Scholar or Researcher
What can I borrow? How long can I borrow? Can it be renewed?
Books 90 days up to 18 months
CDs and DVDs 14 days up to 1 month
Laptops 7 days No renewals
Chargers & Adapters 1 day No renewals
Other A/V Equipment 7 days No renewals

Undergraduate Student
What can I borrow? How long can I borrow? Can it be renewed?
Books 28 days up to 6 months
CDs and DVDs 14 days up to 1 month
Laptops 7 days No renewals
Chargers & Adapters 1 day No renewals
Other A/V Equipment 7 days No renewals

Tufts Alumni
What can I borrow? How long can I borrow? Can it be renewed?
Books 28 days up to 6 months
CDs and DVDs 14 days up to 1 month
Laptops Unable to borrow Unable to borrow
Chargers & Adapters Unable to borrow Unable to borrow
Other A/V Equipment Unable to borrow Unable to borrow

Tufts Community Member
What can I borrow? How long can I borrow? Can it be renewed?
Books 28 days No renewals
CDs and DVDs 14 days No renewals
Laptops Unable to borrow Unable to borrow
Chargers & Adapters Unable to borrow Unable to borrow
Other A/V Equipment Unable to borrow Unable to borrow

Renewing items

You can renew books, CDs and DVDs using My Account.

All other items cannot be renewed and must be returned by the due date.

Borrowing limit

You can borrow as many books as you like—there’s no limit! 

However, there may be some limits on borrowing digital equipment, depending on availability.

Can't find something?

If we don’t have an item you need, you can request to borrow it from another library using our Interlibrary Loan service, ILLiad, or you can recommend a purchase.