Borrowing

For all patrons

Account management via Omni

You can sign in to Omni and:

  • Check personal information. (Please report any changes to the Library)
  • See a list of books borrowed and due dates
  • Place requests for available items
  • Check the status of requests
  • Review any fines owing
  • Renew books online

Returning Library Material

Return items to:

  • Book bins between the front doors of the Waterloo Campus Library
  • Services and Help Desk, main floor, Waterloo Campus Library
  • Circulation Desks at Brantford Public Library and the Social Work Library (Kitchener Campus)
  • University of Waterloo, University of Guelph or any of the 11 other partner Omni university libraries across Ontario
  • Note: Course reserves and items on loan from public, U.S. or international libraries must be returned to the desk from which they were borrowed

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/Faculty/Staff/Retirees

Borrowing privileges

Laurier students, faculty, staff and retirees are automatically granted borrowing privileges for borrowing from Omni as long as they are actively enrolled, employed, or retired, and have a OneCard.

Users have borrowing privileges of print materials from the other 13 partner Omni university libraries through a resource sharing agreement.

Additional borrowing privileges for faculty

In addition to borrowing from Laurier and the other 13 partner Omni libraries, faculty may borrow materials directly from all 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

  • Laurier students, faculty, staff and retirees may borrow books from Laurier, University of Waterloo, University of Guelph, and the Annex and print periodicals for 120 days (most recent issue of periodicals cannot be borrowed. Note: The standard loan period for books from other Omni Libraries is 6 weeks
  • Reserve materials may be borrowed for three hours or one day depending on the item
  • Media such as DVDs or audio recordings, and government documents that have barcodes may be borrowed for 14 days
  • In most cases, reference materials may not be borrowed but some exceptions are made. Please contact the service desk for more information.

The Library sends renewal reminders prior to items becoming due however it is the responsibility of the user to renew or return the items prior to the due date.

Proxy Borrowers

Arrangements may be made for Research Assistants to borrow Library materials in a faculty member's name (proxy). Contact Vera Fesnak or Amy Menary, and allow one day for proxy requests to be processed.

Affiliated Borrowers

Visiting faculty and researchers from outside of the 13 partner Omni libraries will be issued a Special Borrowers Card upon completion of an application form issued by the Research Office or Dean. Upon completion of this form, the library card will be mailed to the recipient.

Affiliated borrowers from outside of the 13 partner Omni libraries may borrow print materials for 14 days. They may borrow videos or music CDs for three days.

Alumni

Register to borrow

Laurier alumni are eligible to obtain a library 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 of the library. Registration is valid for five years.

Borrowing privileges

Alumni are able to:

  • Borrow print materials (a total of 20 items at a time) in person from the Laurier Library for 14 days
  • Borrow DVDs and audio recordings such as music CDs, for three days
  • Visit the Annex in person by arrangement
  • View material from Archives and Special Collections Department (the material must remain in the department)
  • Access a defined list of online resources from off campus
  • Access online resources (journals, databases) on public access computers at the Laurier Waterloo campus site. Note: public access computers for alumni are not available at the Social Work Library in Kitchener.

Alumni are not able to:

  • Order materials on Interlibrary loan (RACER)
  • Borrow items on reserve
  • Book library group study rooms

Borrowing period

Alumni may borrow items, including books, past issues of periodicals and most government documents, for 14 days. DVDs and audio recordings may be borrowed for three days. An e-mail reminder is sent prior to the item becoming due.

Community borrowers

Register to borrow

Community members are welcome to apply for a community borrower's card upon presentation of a valid government issued photo ID. There is no fee for the card. Registration is valid for five years.

Separate cards from University of Waterloo and University of Guelph are required in order to borrow from those libraries.

Community borrowers include, but are not limited to:

  • Adults who reside in the immediate area
  • 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
  • Lifelong Learners (obtain a card from the Laurier Association for Lifelong Learning)

Borrowing privileges

Community Borrowers are able to:

  • Borrow print materials (a total of 20 items at a time) in person from the Laurier Library for 14 days
  • Borrow DVDs and audio recordings for three days.
  • Visit the Annex in person by arrangement
  • View material from Archives and Special Collections Department (the material must remain in the department)
  • Access online resources (journals, databases) on public access computers at the Laurier Waterloo campus site.

Community Borrowers are not able to:

  • Order materials on Interlibrary loan (RACER)
  • Book study rooms
  • Borrow items on reserve
  • Due to licensing restrictions, most electronic resources are not available from off campus. Community borrowers may visit the Laurier library and access electronic resources (journals, databases) on site.

Borrowing period

Community borrowers may borrow print items, including books, past issues of periodicals and most government documents for 14 days. Audio recordings and DVDs may be borrowed for 3 days.

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 the Laurier Library only. Separate cards from University of Guelph or University of Waterloo are needed in order to borrow books from those libraries.

Students may borrow a total of 20 items such as books, past issues of periodicals and government documents with barcodes.

High school students may access electronic resources (journals, databases) on site at one of the Laurier Library's public access stations.

Borrowing period

The loan period for books, past issues of periodicals and government documents with barcodes is 14 days. The loan period for DVDs and audio recordings is three days. Items may be renewed online or in person.

Suspension of Borrowing Privileges (All Users)

All borrowing privileges will automatically be suspended until the issue is resolved, if any borrower has:

  • 1 recalled item overdue
  • or has accumulated $20 in unpaid fines and fees