Editor’s note: This post by Gloria Slaughter, Technical Services Librarian at Van Wylen, is in response to an actual question posed by a student at the reference desk. You can contact Gloria at

Question: Can I check out a book and a laptop at the same time?

Short Answer: Of course! You may have up to 50 library items checked out at the same time (books, dvds, cds, digital cameras, laptops, iPads, etc.)

Long Answer:

  • You must have your student ID to check out library materials
  • Your student ID can be used to check out library materials at the Western Theological Seminary library as well as Hope College libraries
  • You can renew your library materials online through the library’s catalog, HopeCAT  Instructions can be found here
  • You can place a hold on items in the library’s catalog, if it is currently checked out, HopeCAT. Instructions can be found here
  • You can borrow items from other Michigan libraries through MeLCAT.
  • If needed items are not available at our library or from other Michigan libraries, you can borrow materials through InterLibrary Loan
  • -Most library databases, ebooks and ejournals are accessible from off-campus and are available 24/7 through the library’s website
  • You can contact us anytime here

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