Checkout & Reserves

The Checkout & Reserves desk on Tomlinson Library’s first floor is your first stop for library information. Everyone is welcome to use library spaces and resources within the library building, and our friendly, helpful staff is happy to make your experience in our library an excellent one.

Electronic Resources

Currently enrolled students, current faculty and staff, emeriti faculty, and recent graduates can access Tomlinson Library’s subscription databases and eBooks 24/7 from any internet-enabled computer with a MAVzone login. Patrons without MAVzone accounts may bring photo ID to the Checkout & Reserves desk on the library’s first floor to request one-hour database access within the library building.

To check your MAVzone account status, please contact the very helpful CMU IT Help Desk.

Community Patrons

Our patrons without MAVzone accounts may read, scan, and copy (10¢/page) Library materials within the Library, and may request temporary computer logins from the Checkout & Reserves Desk to access subscription databases from within the Library only.

To obtain a one-hour computer login username and password, stop by the Checkout & Reserves Desk with your photo ID. Access is on a first come, first served basis, and must be in compliance with Tomlinson Library’s Computer Use Policy.

CMU Students, faculty, staff, alumni, Friends of the Library, and affiliates

Current CMU-affiliated patrons can check out up to 99* items, including CDs, DVDs, multimedia, bestsellers, and Interlibrary Loan items available through Prospector, Mobius, and Marmot libraries. Students and faculty (including concurrent students) with valid MAVzone accounts may log in to our computers located on each floor of the library, and can access our subscription databases in the library and from any internet-enabled computer.

CMU affiliates include Golden Scholars; Bridge Program students, CU Boulder/CMU Engineering Program students, CMU Alumni, CMU emeriti faculty, District 51 instructors and staff, Friends of the Library cardholders, non-CMU graduate students, and all CMU currently-enrolled degree-seeking, non-degree seeking, online, distance-ed, on-campus, undergraduate, and graduate students.

CMU alumni may request an Alumni Association membership card at or 970.248.1525 to gain selective access to the library's online resources.

*CMU Alumni, District 51 instructors and staff, Friends of the Library cardholders, and non-CMU graduate students may check out a total of 25 items.

Colorado Libraries Collaborate (CLC) Patrons

Colorado Libraries Collaborate! provides FREE access to library resources for library users of all CLC member libraries. CLC cardholders may check out up to 5 items, not including bestsellers and Interlibrary Loan items.

Distance Education Students

CMU Montrose, Western Colorado Community College (WCCC) Bishop, and CMU Online students may use Tomlinson Library’s Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad) service to request articles and other digital materials delivered as downloadable PDF files. 

CMU Montrose and WCCC Bishop campus students may request CMU print materials using the online catalog and the Prospector catalog as well as ILLiad for pickup at your campus.

CMU Online students with Colorado public library cards may request CMU materials through your local libraries’ Prospector/Marmot Interlibrary Loan services. Talk to your public librarian about the availability of these services.

Items may be checked out of the library with a valid MAVcard, Friends of the Library Card, or CLC card at the Checkout & Reserves Desk. Loan periods are as follows:

  • Books and maps from the Main and GovDocs collections can be checked out for 21 days, and renewed for two additional three-week periods if no hold has been placed on them.
  • Popular Movies and DVDs may be checked out for 7 days
  • Music CDs and LPs, audiobooks, and other media may be checked out for 21 days.
  • Reserve materials may be checked out by current students only, for varying periods established by the faculty members placing them on reserve.
  • Reference books, Special Collection materials, and periodicals may be used within the library only.

Faculty can check out most items, with the exception of Bestsellers, Prospector items, and media, for the semester with one renewal if no hold has been placed.

Course reserve items are selected by instructors to supplement class lectures.

Only one reserve item per patron may be checked out at a time. No holds may be placed on reserve material, and there are no renewals on reserve check-outs. Course Reserve checkout periods are below:

  • 1-Day, 2-Day, 3-Day, and 1-Week materials may be checked out of the library at any time of day to be returned at the same time on the date due. Materials must be returned to the drop box on the outside of the building if the library is closed on the date due.
  • 2-Hour Library Use materials may be checked out for use within the library building only, no exceptions.

View the Course Reserves page to search for reserve items or to make a new request.

Items must be returned to the Checkout & Reserves desk on their due dates, or after-hours in the book-drop just outside of the library's east entrance, to be checked in on the day before the library next opens. 

Items returned after fines are assessed may be partially refunded at the library’s discretion with the exception of processing fees.

For accounts information, please email or call Jennifer Barton at 970.248.1818.