1. Can I borrow library materials if I am a student from another Canadian university?
Yes. All Western Libraries participate in the Canadian University Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement (CURBA), a resource sharing program with other Canadian university libraries. This agreement allows Canadian university students, faculty and staff to borrow in person from Western Libraries.
This service is especially useful for distance study students.
2. What do I need to borrow materials?
In order to borrow materials from Western Libraries you will need your valid university identification card .
You will also need to complete a Direct Borrower application form. An application form is available online for your convenience. Privileges will be issued no longer than August 31 of the current academic year.
Application for Direct Borrowing Privileges (PDF)
Note: If your university has not issued an identification card you must provide proof of registration.
3. How long can I borrow materials?
You will be allowed to borrow materials for 14 days .
4. What am I allowed to borrow?
You are allowed to borrow a maximum of 5 concurrent regular loan items, with 1 renewal.
Materials are subject to fines of $0.50 per day or recall fines of $2.00 per day.
You may not borrow periodicals, short loan or other non-circulating materials.
5. Where can I return materials?
Materials you borrow may be returned to:
- Any of the Western Libraries.
- Your own university library.
Please note: If materials are recalled
, it is your responsibility to return them by the new due date. You may return them in person or by express mail.
6. What happens if I lose material or return it late?
You are responsible for any late, lost or damaged materials:
- If you return materials late or damaged, or you lose materials, it is your responsibility to pay any fines or other charges incurred.
- If materials are recalled it is your responsibility to return them immediately in person or by express mail by the date specified on the recall notice.