All current UAB faculty, staff, and students are eligible to borrow materials from UAB Libraries. Most printed materials (with exception of non-circulating materials), media, and equipment are available for checkout.

UAB Libraries also allows active UAB alumni, as well as current faculty, staff, and students of other colleges and universities within the state with a valid ID; health care professionals; attorneys; and community members borrowing privileges as a courtesy card holder. These privileges are limited. Courtesy cards may be issued at the OneDesk (Sterne Library) and the HUB Desk (Lister Hill Library) to patrons who do not fall into the previous categories. See more detailed information regarding the courtesy card listed below. For questions call the HUB Service Desk at 205-934-2230 or the OneDesk at 205-934-4338.

To check out materials you must present a valid UAB ID card or apply for courtesy card privileges at the time of checkout at the HUB (Lister Hill Library) or OneDesk (Sterne Library) desks.

Courtesy card privileges are limited. Courtesy cards may be issued at the OneDesk (Sterne Library) and HUB Desk (Lister Hill Library) to patrons who do not fall into the previous categories. See more detailed information regarding the courtesy card listed below. For questions call the OneDesk at 205.934.4338 or the HUB Service Desk at 205.934.2230.

Courtesy cards may be issued at the OneDesk (Sterne Library) or the HUB Service Desk (Lister Hill Library) to patrons who do not fall into the previous categories. Courtesy cards may be issued under the following circumstances:

  • Advanced placement students from local high schools may be issued courtesy cards upon the request of the school they attend. The courtesy card will be good through May 15 of the academic year during which the card is issued.
  • UAB students not currently enrolled in classes but trying to fulfill a course requirement may be issued courtesy cards upon the request of their advisor, department head, or instructor of record. The courtesy card will be good for the school term during which the card is issued and is not renewable.
  • Temporary, part-time, or adjunct faculty who have not been issued UAB faculty identification cards and/or are not listed in the HURS system may be issued courtesy cards upon request of their department head. The courtesy card will be good for the period of their appointment not to exceed the end of the academic year.

Fines

Fines and fees can be paid at the OneDesk (Sterne Library) or the HUB Service Desk (Lister Hill Library) with a credit or debit card, check, or with BlazerBucks. All checks should be made payable to UAB Libraries. Fines for most items accrue at a rate of 25¢ per item per day. Refer to the charts below. Fines may also be paid online.

Mervyn H. Sterne Library

Fines for Overdue, Damaged, and Lost Items
Audiovisual Materials $1.00 a day per item or a maximum of $25 per item
Books 25¢ a day per item or a maximum of $14 per item
In-Library Reserve Materials 5¢ a minute per item or a maximum of $50 per item
Overnight Reserve Materials $10.00 a day per item or a maximum of $50 per item
Study Carrel Keys 5¢ a minute per key or a maximum of $50 per key
Damaged Materials Cost of restoration (item by item assessment) plus a $25 processing fee per item damaged.
Lost Materials Current price of item or $60 if the item is out of print plus a $25 processing fee per item lost.
Lost key replacement cost is $60.

Lister Hill Library

Fines for most items accrue at a rate of 25¢ per item per day (50¢ per item per day for for-profit organizations).

Fines for Overdue, Damaged, and Lost Items
Equipment (including Epson projectors, microphones, etc. $1.00 per day
Sony Projector $25.00 per day
Test Prep & School Collection $1.00 per day
Laptops $25.00 per day

Paying for lost or damaged materials at Lister Hill Library

Damaged or lost materials will be billed at the current market value of the item. The payment can be made at the HUB service desk with a check, credit or debit card, and BlazerBucks. Fines may also be paid online.

Holds on Checked Out Items

A hold may be placed on any circulating item that is checked in or checked out. If the item is checked out, when returned, you will be notified and given seven days to pick up the item. If you do not do so within seven days and no one else has requested a hold, the item is re-shelved. A hold may be placed in person at the OneDesk (Sterne Library), or the HUB Service desk (Lister Hill Library), or online in the “My Account" area of this web site. For questions call the HUB Service Desk at 205.934.2230 or the OneDesk at 205.934.4338.

Returning Items

Books may be returned at either library location.

Lister Hill Library

Return books to the HUB or to a book drop. Book drops are located in front of the Lister Hill Library on University Boulevard near Volker Hall and behind the Lister Hill Library on 7th Avenue.

Sterne Library

Return books to the OneDesk or to a book drop. Book drops are located at both entrance doors of the Sterne Library.

Renewing Items

Items may be renewed in person at the HUB Service desk by telephone at 205.934.2230 or at the OneDesk in person or by telephone at 205.934.4338, or online using the “My Account” area of this website. When renewing by telephone, please have the titles of the items available. Please refer to the Circulation and Loan Policies section below for renewal policies.

Circulation Privileges

Circulation privileges (the ability to check out library materials) are available for the following persons:

  • All members of the UAB community (administration, faculty, staff, students, residents, fellows) with a valid UAB ID
  • Members of the UAB Alumni Society (with alumni card in addition to a photo ID)
  • Members of Friends of Sterne Library or Reynolds-Finley Associates
  • Non-UAB health professionals (physicians, nurses, medical technologists, dentists, optometrists, etc.)
  • Attorneys or individuals affiliated with law firms in Alabama
  • Visitors with health information needs (Lister Hill Library)
  • Advanced placement students from local high school (see Courtesy Cards below)
  • Students, staff, and faculty at these other college and university libraries:
    • Auburn University
    • Auburn University at Montgomery
    • Bessemer State Technical College
    • Bevill State Community College
    • Birmingham Southern College
    • Jacksonville State University
    • Jefferson State Community College
    • Lawson State Community College
    • Miles College
    • Samford University
    • University of Alabama
    • University of Alabama in Huntsville
    • University of Montevallo
  • Other individuals or groups: May be granted borrowing privileges based on documented need in the application process 

A valid photo ID and/or some other proof of affiliation must be presented at time of registration in order to receive borrowing privileges. Examples of proof of affiliation include but are not limited to official letters, business cards, and tuition statements.

Prior to checking out materials for the first time, a valid ID and registration must be on file. If you have any questions, please contact the HUB at 205.934.2230 or 205.975.4821.

Laptops are available for checkout at Lister Hill Library to UAB faculty, staff, and students on a first-come, first-served basis with a 24-hour loan period and 1 renewal. The overdue fine is $25 per day. Laptops can be picked up at the HUB desk on the first floor. A valid UAB ID is required. Basic instructions will be given at the time of pick-up. For more information contact the HUB at 205.934.2230.

Circulation and Loan Policies

Lister Hill Library


Patron Category Loan Period Renewals
Undergraduate Student - UAB 28 days 2 (for 28 days)
Graduate Student - UAB 28 days 2 (for 28 days)
Faculty - UAB 28 days 2 (for 28 days)
Staff - UAB 28 days 2 (for 28 days)
Other 28 days 1 (for 28 days)

Loan periods based on type of material are as follows:

Type of material Loan period Renewals
Circulating books 28 days 2
Reference books 3 hours, library use only 0
Laptops 1 day 1
Periodicals Library use only  
Media, DVDs, CDs 28 days 1
Equipment: Video projector 7 days 0
Equipment: Headphones 3 hours, library use only 0
Equipment: Microphone 3 hours, library use only 0
Equipment: Flash drive 3 days  
Equipment: Dry erase markers 3 hours, library use only 0
Equipment: Mac & PC connectors 3 hours, library use only 0

Mervyn H. Sterne Library


Patron Category Loan Period Renewals
Undergraduate Student - UAB 28 days 1 (for 28 days)
Graduate Student - UAB 63 days 1 (for 63 days)
Faculty - UAB 63 days 4 (for 63 days each)
Staff - UAB 28 days 1 (for 28 days)
Other 14 days 1 (for 14 days)

Loan periods based on type of material are as follows:

Type of material Loan period Renewals
Juvenile books 14 days 1
Textbook collection 14 days 1
Café collection 28 days 1
Reference/Bound periodicals Library use only  
Compact Discs, DVDs, Music Recordings, Spoken Recordings, Videocassettes, Videodiscs, and Motion Pictures 7 days 1
Compact Discs and Computer Disks which accompany books Based on loan period of books 1
Audiocassettes, Audiotapes, Charts, Film Loops, Filmstrips, Games, Kits, Models, Slides, and Transparencies 14 days 1
The University of Alabama at Birmingham
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