Western Libraries

Guest Borrowers

Members of the general public (individuals or organizations) who are engaged in legitimate research activities may apply for Guest Borrowing privileges by submitting an application form electronically or in person at any Service Desk. Approval of the application may take up to one week. Fees apply.


Renewal of borrowing privileges is not automatic; you must submit a new application form.


Upon approval of your application and payment of fees you will be issued with a Guest Borrower's card.

To borrow items, present your Guest Borrower's card at any Service Desk.

Lending Policies

Guest Borrowers may:

Guest Borrowers may not:

Recalled Loans

Guest Borrowers are not permitted to recall items, but items they have borrowed may be recalled


You may renew items online through My Library Account or in person at any Service Desk.

More information here.

Fines and Suspensions

Suspension of borrowing privileges occurs when a loaned item becomes overdue or if you have over $5.00 in fines.

More information here.


Library items should be returned as soon as they are no longer needed so they are available for use by others.

More information here.

For an overview of Western Libraries borrowing policies and procedures, click here.

For more detail, see the Access Code for Western Libraries.