Western Libraries is restricting visitor access to support the health and safety of the Western campus community. Borrowing of physical materials and use of onsite services are temporarily unavailable to visitors, including alumni and retired faculty. Visit our COVID-19 webpage for the latest service updates.

Alumni Borrowing

Any Western student who has graduated or successfully completed a minimum of five courses is eligible for Alumni borrowing privileges.


An Alumni card is required to borrow items. You can obtain a Western Alumni card from Alumni Relations. Bring your Alumni card to any service desk during full service hours to create your library account.

Off-Campus Access

Western alumni can remote access a handful of e-resources. Due to licensing agreements, Western Libraries cannot provide alumni with off-campus access to most electronic databases and resources available to currently enrolled students, faculty, and staff. 

You can only access these e-resources from this page. Trying to access them from other places such as the library catalogue or Google will fail because your account will not be recognized.


If you have problems connecting with any of these e-resources, please contact Western Libraries.