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Circulation Services: Circulation Services

Who can checkout what, for how long, and how much are fines?


Have a question about checking out books?

Contact the Circulation Desk at

(757) 594-7133  or

MEDIA CENTER Circulation

Requesting Material

Due to the Library expansion project, some books are inaccessible to the public.  Our Requesting Service allows you to request  a book online.  Then Library staff will retrieve the item and notify you when it is ready to be picked up at the Trible Library Circulation Desk. The Requesting Service also works for items that are checked out and have a due date.

Items may be requested in two ways: 

Online:  Placing a request online by finding the item in the online catalog and using the “Request” button.  If the item is available, you will receive notification within 24 hours that it is ready to be picked up.  If the item is checked out, you will receive an email letting you know it's ready to pick up at the Circulation desk once the item is returned.

In person:  You may come to the Trible Library Circulation Desk and request that a book be retrieved for you while you wait.

More information may be found on our Request Service page.

Checking Out Materials

Library materials may be borrowed from the Trible Library by bringing the items to the Circulation Desk during normal library hours along with your CNU ID or Community Patron library card.  Community Patron cards are available at the Circulation Desk.

If you need assistance finding items, please ask at the Circulation or Reference Desks.

Information on what may be borrowed, for how long, and how much overdue fines are can be found by picking the proper tab above.

Renewing Material

Circulating books and media collection items may be renewed a maximum of 2 times.
Renewals may be requested by email to, by calling (757)594-7133, or by bringing proper ID to the Circulation Desk. Items may also be renewed online from the Library webpage, before their due date.
After one renewal, the material must be returned and checked in. If no one is waiting for the material, it may be checked out again.

Reserve items are not renewable.

Returning Material

Library material may be returned at the Circulation Desk during normal operating hours. If the Library is closed, material can be placed in the book return that is to the left of the main library entrance (facing the plaza and David Student Union).

Lost Material

If items are lost, damaged beyond repair, or not returned within 90 days after the due date, the patron will be charged for the replacement of the item. Replacement cost is determined based on the item and availability of a replacement.

Alternatively, a patron may purchase a copy of the exact same item to serve as it's replacement.  Please contact the Circulation Desk to obtain the information on the item to ensure a proper replacement is purchased.  Bring the replacement item to the Circulation Desk to stop the billing process.

Unpaid Fines or Bills

For CNU Students, a delay in paying fines may result in a block being placed on the student’s account. Students will not be permitted to register for subsequent terms, grades will be held, and the University will not issue diplomas, official transcripts, etc.
For community patrons (including students no longer attending CNU), a delay in paying fines may result in the submission of their name to the Virginia Department of Taxation. The University is permitted under Virginia Law to attach Virginia State income tax refunds or lottery winnings in repayment of any debt, which is owed to the University.
Fines may be paid at the Circulation Desk with cash or check. Payment may also be made by mailing a check, made payable to Christopher Newport University, to:
        Trible Library Circulation Department
        Christopher Newport University
        1 Avenue of the Arts
        Newport News, VA 23606

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