Borrowing

Regular Loan Periods and Renewals

All students (undergraduate/graduate), staff, faculty, and faculty emeriti may borrow:

  • General-loan materials for 120 days with unlimited renewals
  • Short-term loans, course reserves, and inter library loans with no renewals

All Alumni, Guest/Direct Borrowers, and Retired Faculty and Retired Staff may borrow:

  • General-loan materials for 28 days, with unlimited renewals

Where Can I Borrow?

You may borrow items from any of the Western Libraries and the Affiliated University College Libraries.

Western faculty, students and staff may also borrow general-loan print materials from all participating Omni Libraries. Users may request items via the search tool for pick up at a Western or Affiliate University College library location, or borrow in-person at any participating library.

Renewal of Loans

You may renew regular-loan items unless:

  • you have more than $20 in fines on your account
  • the items have been recalled

Reserve and short loan items are not eligible for renewal.

Recalled Loans

On rare occasions, an item may be recalled by staff for Course Readings or other unique circumstances. You will receive an email notification and must return the item within 7 days of the date of recall. Recall fines accrue at $4 per day.

Return Procedures

Regular loans may be returned to any of the Western Libraries or Affiliated University College Libraries in person, by mail or via courier by the date specified. Reserve and short loan items must be returned to the owning library by the date specified (e.g. a Weldon Course Readings book must be returned to the Weldon Library).