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Library Policies


  • Covered drinks are allowed
  • Snacks that do not make a mess and do not smell are allowed
  • All meals should be enjoyed outside the library
  • No food or drink in the computer labs

Quiet Space

  • Silence cell phones
  • Group study rooms are for quiet talking only
  • Silence please in the general quiet study areas

Library Study Space

  • Study space may not be saved with belongings for more than a short break
  • Study room priority is given to people with reservations


  • Guests of Midwestern students, faculty, and staff who are registered with security are welcome to use the library
  • You must accompany your guest while they are using the library
  • Contact security if you have questions about how to register your guest
  • The library is temporarily closed to the general public


  • Animals are not allowed in any University building other than the approved housing apartments and are never allowed in classrooms unless the animal is designated as a Service Animal under the Americans with Disability Act and Illinois State Law or Arizona State Law and registered with the Office of Student Services.

Donating to the Library

Please email Rebecca Caton, Director of Library Services ( if you would like to donate books to the library.


Midwestern University Library accepts gifts of books from donors within and outside the community.  The donor is responsible for transporting all selected materials to the library. The library sends donor information along with the date and number of items to the Development Office, which sends the donor a letter acknowledging the donation.

Items that fit the guidelines of this policy may be added to the library collection.  Gift copies may be used to replace well-used copies currently in the collection. Items not in line with MWU collection guidelines will be offered free to students.

In accordance with IRS regulations and further clarified by the Association of College and Research Libraries, the Midwestern University Library will not provide donors with appraisals of gift materials.  Such appraisal is the responsibility of the donor.

Borrowing Materials

Material Checkout Policies

  • Checkout period--varies by item type, books=6 weeks
  • No renewals
  • Reserve Collection
    • 2 hours in the library
    • faculty/staff may check out Reserves for outside library use

Overdue Policies

On the 7th day overdue:

  • 1st overdue notice with warning of $10.00 late fee

On the 14th day overdue:

  • $10.00 late fee incurred (non-refundable)
  • 2nd overdue notice with warning of replacement fees
  • Restricted checkout privileges until fee(s) are paid

On the 28th day overdue:

  • Replacement cost plus $15.00 procesing fee posted to student online billing system (non-refundable, return of item not accepted as substitute for payment)

To see a list of items you have checked out, their due dates, and any fines, log into your library account with your Midwestern University username and password.

Paying Library Late Fees


  • Pay by check at the library service desk or by mail (Checks payable to Midwestern University)
  • Payment deducted from student ID card in person or by email

Downers Grove Campus

Linda Nilles
Midwestern University Library
555 31st Street
Downers Grove, IL 60515
(630) 515-6185

Glendale Campus

Arabela Gazda
Midwestern University Library
19555 N. 59th Avenue
Glendale, AZ 85308
(623) 537-6566

Downers Grove Campus Library (630) 515-6200
Littlejohn Hall
555 31st St. Downers Grove, IL 60515

Map and Driving Directions - IL

Glendale Campus Library (623) 572-3308
Sahuaro Hall
19555 N. 59th Ave. Glendale, AZ 85308

Map and Driving Directions - AZ