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Borrowing Books from the JPL Library: Policies

A how-to


Eligible Borrowers

  • E-Resources are limited to users on the JPL network and, remotely, through JPL's Remote Access Service
  • Print books may be checked out by JPL employees, JPL on-site contractors, JPL interns, or NASA employees resident on Lab.
  • Caltech faculty, students, and staff can submit an interlibrary loan request through Caltech Library's DocuServe.
  • All other persons may request books via your home (university or public) library's interlibrary loan service.

Length of Checkout

  • New books with a waiting list:  3 weeks
  • Reference books: 1 week
  • ebooks: see publisher for details
  • DVDs: 2 weeks
  • All others: 1 month


  • Interns: Books without pending Recalls will be automatically renewed for a month
  • All others: Books without pending Recalls will be automatically renewed for a year


  • All items are Recall eligible after a month, see the Recall a JPL Library Book section for details on how to place a recall.
  • If you do not return a recalled book after three notices from the Library, we will contact your manager to obtain a Project Task to which to charge the purchase of a replacement copy of the book


  • We do not charge overdue fines for books checked out.
  • However, as noted above, if you lose or refuse to return a book, we will charge your group's Project Task to purchase a replacement.


For additional information about any JPL Library resources and services please contact us:

  1. Email:
  2. Phone: 818-354-4200
  3. Visit Building 111, Room 104 (the HUB) at JPL between 8am and 4pm (except RDOs)