Who is eligible?

  • Members of the UAB community w/ UAB ONE Card (students, staff & faculty)
  • UAB alumni
  • Current students/staff/faculty from institutions in the state of Alabama w/photo ID
  • Courtesy card holders

What is required to check out library materials?

To check out library materials a UAB ONE Card or a valid photo ID and/or some other proof of affiliation is required. Some examples of proof of affiliation include but are not limited to official letters, business cards, and tuition statements. Currently approved courtesy cards are permissible.

Who may be considered eligible to apply for a courtesy card and what privileges do they grant?

  • Advanced placement students from local high schools upon the request of the school they attend. The courtesy card will be valid through the end 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 a courtesy card upon the request of their advisor, department head, or instructor of record. The courtesy card will be valid 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 ONE Cards may be issued courtesy cards upon request of their department head. The courtesy card will be valid for the period of their appointment not to exceed the end of the academic year.
  • Students currently enrolled in other Alabama colleges or universities that have not been provided a school ID card but can show proof of enrollment.
  • Local attorneys and law firms.
  • Local health care professionals with no UAB affiliation.

Please note that courtesy cards are for checking out printed materials. They do not however grant remote access to our licensed databases nor 24-5 access to the libraries.

For further information call the Sterne HUB at 205.934.4338 or the Lister Hill HUB at 205.934.2230.


Fines

Fines can be paid online, at https://library.uab.edu/online-payment.

Also, fines and fees can be paid at the HUB desk at Sterne or Lister Hill 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.

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.

Holds on Checked Out Items

A hold may be placed on any circulating item that is available 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 HUB at Sterne or Lister Hill, or online by clicking the "Request" button located within the item's descriptive record. For questions call the HUB at Lister Hill (205.934.2230) or Sterne (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 HUB 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 or by telephone at the HUB at Lister Hill (205.934.2230) or Sterne (205.934.4338), or online using the “My Library 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 and Loan Policies

Lister Hill Library and Sterne Library

The number of books you can check out at one time depends on the patron category to which you belong:

  • UAB Faculty: 100 items;
  • UAB Students: 50 items;
  • UAB Staff: 50 items;
  • Other Borrowers: 10 items.

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 183 days 1 (for 183 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 183 days 1 (for 183 days) 
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