Borrowing

For all patrons

Account management via Primo

Once you have registered for an account, you can use the Primo Catalogue to:

  • Check personal information. (Please report any changes to the Library.)
  • See list of books borrowed and due dates
  • Place holds on available items (some users can also recall loaned items - see specific rules below)
  • Check status of holds and recalls
  • Review any fines owning
  • Renew books online

Returning Library Material

To ensure that borrowed materials are returned on time, return items to:

  • Chutes beside the front door of the Waterloo Campus Library
  • Services and Help Desk, Waterloo Campus Library
  • Circulation Desks at Brantford Public Library and the Social Work Library
  • University of Waterloo and Guelph University Libraries, along with all other Ontario University libraries except the University of Toronto
  • Reserve and Interlibrary Loan materials must be returned to the desk from which they were borrowed
  • Return recalled items to the circulation desk at any of the TriUniversity libraries

Transferring materials to other patrons

If you have borrowed an item and wish to pass it along to another patron, bring the item to the Service Desk and have it signed out on the other patron's card. Patrons are responsible for all materials signed out on their cards.

Students

Borrowing privileges

Undergraduate and graduate students may borrow books from the Laurier Library circulating collection (floors 2, 5, 6 and 7) and government documents that have bar codes. Reference materials may not be borrowed. Undergraduate and graduate students may borrow periodicals (journals and magazines), except for the most recent issue of each title, for three days. Undergraduates may borrow materials directly from UW, UG and all other universities except the University of Toronto. See Direct Borrowing for more information.

Borrowing period

Undergraduate students may borrow most materials for two weeks. Reserve materials may be borrowed for one hour, three hours, one day or three days, depending on the item. Undergraduate students may borrow periodicals (journals and magazines), except for the most recent issue of each title, for three days.

Graduates may borrow books, including most government publications, for a term (approximately 100 days). Approximately one month before books are due, the Library sends a reminder. Graduate students may borrow periodicals (journals and magazines), except for the most recent issue of each title, for three days.

Faculty

Borrowing privileges

Faculty may borrow materials directly from Laurier, UW, UG and all other Ontario universities who are members of the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL). To use the libraries at these universities, a current Laurier card in good standing is required and must be presented at the appropriate desk. Any necessary registration form must be completed and collateral identification may be required. The lending library's policies on circulation of materials, fines, loan periods, etc. apply. Faculty members may also borrow directly from Canadian university libraries through the Canadian University Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement. Some Universities may still require an IUBP card. This card may be obtained from Vera Fesnak.

Borrowing period

Faculty may borrow books, including most government publications, for a term (approximately 100 days). Approximately one month before books are due, the Library sends a reminder notice. Faculty may borrow periodicals, except for the most recent issue of each title, for three days.

Note: Arrangements may be made for Research Assistants to borrow Library materials in a faculty member's name for the regular faculty loan period. For proxy cards, please speak to Vera Fesnak or Amy Menary, and allow one day for proxy cards to be processed. More Information on Lending Policies

Campus staff

Register to borrow

Campus staff can obtain an ID Card from the OneCard Office. After obtaining a card, register it online or validate the OneCard at the Service Desk located on the main floor. You may also register to receive library notices, including notification of items available for pick-up, through electronic mail, by giving your email account to staff at the Service Desk.

Borrowing privileges

Staff with a valid card can use it to sign out books, access journal indexes from home, renew books online, and check patron information in the Primo catalogue, and borrow materials directly from WLU, UW, UG and all other Canadian universities. (See the Canadian University Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement).

Borrowing period

Staff may borrow books, including most government publications, for a term (approximately 100 days). More Information on Lending Policies.

Alumni

Register to borrow

Alumni must obtain an alumni card through the Alumni Office. Once you have received your card, you may register online or at the Service Desk located on the main floor. Registration is valid for five years.

Borrowing privileges

Alumni are privileged to:

  • Borrow materials (a total of 20 items at a time) in person from the circulating collections of the three TUG libraries: Laurier, the University of Waterloo and the University of Guelph
  • Visit the Annex in person by arrangement
  • View material from Archives and Special Collections Department (the material must remain in the department)
  • Request items from the University of Waterloo, the University of Guelph, the Laurier Brantford collection and the Laurier Social Work collection. All of these items are listed in the Primo catalogue. (see: Get Materials from Other Libraries)
  • Request books and journal volumes (not journal articles) from the Annex storage facility
  • Access a growing list of online resources
  • Visit any of the TUG libraries and access electronic resources (journals, databases) on site. (Due to renovations in summer 2017, public access computers for alumni are not available at the Social Work Library)
  • Note: alumni must pick up items belonging to the Laurier Waterloo Library in person at the Laurier Waterloo campus

Alumni are not privileged to:

  • Recall items on loan from any Primo library location
  • Order materials on Interlibrary loan (RACER)
  • Borrow items on reserve
  • Book library group study rooms

Borrowing period

Alumni may borrow items, including books and most government documents, for two weeks. Videos may be borrowed for three days. Three days before your two-week loan books are due, an e-mail reminder will be sent to your account. More Information on Lending Policies

Community borrowers

Register to borrow

Community borrowers may obtain a library card from the Service Desk. There is no fee for the card. Registration is valid for one year.

Community borrowers include, but are not limited to:

  • Full-time faculty members from community colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (may register their home institution cards for no fee)
  • Beckett School instructors
  • Adults who reside in the immediate area (no fee)
  • Lifelong Learners (obtain a card from the Laurier Association for Lifelong Learning)

Borrowing privileges

Community Borrowers are privileged to:

  • Borrow materials (a total of 20 items at a time) in person from the circulating collections of the TUG libraries: Laurier, the University of Waterloo, the University of Guelph and the Annex
  • Visit the Annex in person by arrangement
  • View material from Archives and Special Collections Department (the material must remain in the department)
  • Request items from the University of Waterloo, the University of Guelph, the Laurier Brantford collection and the Laurier Social Work collection. All of these items are listed in the Primo catalogue. For instructions, see Get Material From Other Libraries
  • Request books and journal volumes (not journal articles) from the Annex
  • Community borrowers may visit any of the TUG libraries and access electronic resources (journals, databases) on site.

Community Borrowers are not privileged to:

  • Request items from Laurier's main library
  • Recall items on loan from any Primo library location
  • Order materials on Interlibrary loan (RACER)
  • Due to licensing restrictions, most electronic resources are not available from off campus. Community borrowers may visit any of the TUG libraries and access electronic resources (journals, databases) on site.

Borrowing period

Community borrowers may borrow items, including books and most government documents for two weeks.

High school students

Register to borrow

To obtain a library card, fill in the online registration form. You will be notified by email when the card is ready to be picked up. The card is valid for the school year, from September 1 to May 30 (renewable for students returning to high school in the fall)."

Borrowing privileges

High school students are eligible for a free library card granting in person borrowing privileges at any library within the TriUniversity (TUG) Library consortium: Laurier, the University of Waterloo and the University of Guelph. Students may borrow a total of 20 books from the circulating collections of the TUG libraries.

High school students may visit any of the TUG libraries and access electronic resources (journals, databases) on site.

Borrowing period

The loan period for high school students is two weeks. Books may be renewed online or in person.