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Gumberg for Alumni, Retirees, & Guest Borrowers

Borrow Materials from Gumberg Library

As an alumni, retiree, or guest borrower of Gumberg Library, you must access our Classic Catalog to view what we have in our catalog without needing a Duquesne Multipass login. Follow the instructions below to access the Classic Catalog. 

1. Starting from the Gumberg Library homepage, go to the Research page by clicking on Research. 


2. Once on the Research page, navigate to Classic Catalog (Find Print Books) under Research Tools

3. The Classic Catalog will open. Using the Search library catalog bar, search for the material needed. You may also refine your results using the left side of the page. 


4. Once the search has been submitted, a results page will populate. Select Place a hold for the item you would like to use.

5. Once selected, choose Gumberg Front Desk as the location in which you will retrieve the item. 

6. Library staff will pull your items and have them ready for you to pick up within 3 business days. You will receive an email when your materials are ready for pick up. 

Picking Up Materials In Person 

  • Once you receive a "Ready for Pick-Up" notice to your Duquesne email:
    • Pick up your items from the Circulation Desk on the fourth floor of the library. See our library hours to find a time that works for you.
  • ‚ÄčItems will be returned to the shelves if not picked up within two weeks of the email pickup notification. 

Shipping Materials to You

  • Once you receive a "Ready for Pick-Up" notice to your Duquesne email:
    • Email confirming the address you need the items mailed to
    • Materials cannot be mailed to PO Boxes.

Returning Items to Gumberg Library

  • For on-site returns: 
    • 24/7: drop your items off in our silver outdoor item drop off boxes next to the library's front doors 

    • *Exceptions include items from the Library of Things Collection and Curriculum Center Kits*
    • During open hours (DU ID may be required for building access): inside the library at the 4th Floor Circulation Desk.
  • For UPS returns:
    • Please complete the Return E-Label Request Form with the number of books you are returning, and we will email you a return e-label to your inbox.
    • We will send one e-label per week at your request. Packages can be dropped at any UPS drop off location near you.
    • Packages must not exceed 25 pounds 

 Loan Privileges for All AlumniRetirees, and Guest Borrowers

Check-out up to 20 items at a time! 

Item Type Initial Loan Time Renewals
Gumberg Library Materials
General Collection  4 weeks One 4 week renewal (8 weeks total)
DVD's, CD's, and LP's 2 weeks One 2 week renewal (4 weeks total)
Special Centers & Collections 
Archives & Special Collections Materials  Contact Thomas White at for ALL Loan Requests Contact Thomas White at for ALL Loan Extension
Curriculum Center kit, manipulative, puppet. etc.  2 weeks One 2 week renewal (Contact Danielle Henzler at  to request a further Loan Extension)
Curriculum Center Stacks, Picture Books, 
Chapter Books and Big Books
2 weeks One 2 week renewal (Contact Danielle Henzler at  to request a further Loan Extension)
Gumberg Library of Things 7 days One 7 day renewal
Phenomenology Center Materials  2 weeks  One 2 week renewal (Contact Jeff McCurry at to request a further Loan Extension)
Lost or Damaged an Item? Please see our Replacement Policies page to review the next steps.

Please Note: You must be present to check out library items on your account. 

If you can't make it in to pick up your items, please view our Pick Up and Delivery procedures page.