A valid library card is required to borrow material. All University of Alberta students and most full-time and part-time continuing University of Alberta faculty and staff are eligible to obtain a ONEcard. Other clients are asked to present valid photo ID with a permanent address, such as a driver's license, in order to obtain or renew a free library card at most University of Alberta Library service desks.
University of Alberta students, faculty (current and retired) and staff (current and retired). The ONEcard serves as a library card. ONEcards are issued to students at registration. Students, faculty or staff who do not have ONEcards should inquire at the ONEcard Office, B-12 Cameron Library, 492-7924. Part-time faculty or staff who may not be eligible to receive a ONEcard will be referred to a University of Alberta Library Service Desk for a library card.
Under the Canadian University Reciprocal Borrowing agreement, University of Alberta faculty, staff and students are allowed to borrow materials directly from other Canadian University libraries if, for example, they are studying at a distance in the location of a participating library. Distance students are encouraged to check with libraries in their local area for useful materials. Further information about this direct borrowing initiative is available from University of Alberta Library service desks.
Application for a free University of Alberta External Client's library card may be made at all University of Alberta Library service desks. Cards are issued on a twelve month basis and may be renewed if there are no fines or charges on the client's record. When registering for a library card, or renewing an existing card, valid photo ID with a permanent address such as a driver's license, must be presented.
Although external clients may borrow most University of Alberta materials, materials in some collections such as those in the Curriculum Library, the Music Library, collections of sound and video recordings, and the Bruce Peel Special Collections Library are available for in-house use only. Contact other NEOS libraries directly for information regarding access to those collections.
A University of Alberta Library External library card does not include off-campus access privileges to most online databases or electronic journals. Our vendor/publisher licenses do not permit off-site access to licensed resources to those who are not current students, staff or faculty. Click here for information on obtaining a Temporary Computing ID for accessing licensed online resources on-site in any U of Alberta Library.
For a fee schedule of Interlibrary loan services to external clients, please contact the Interlibrary Loan office, 1-110 Rutherford Library North.
A maximum of ten items may be borrowed concurrently on an external library card.
The basic loan period for most materials is two weeks.
Renewed materials may be recalled and loan periods shortened if requested by another patron.
Fines for late return are $2.00 per day for books or periodicals and $5.00 per day for Recalled items returned late. See http://www.library.ualberta.ca/circulation/fines/index.cfm for more information regarding fines including payment options.
Charges for lost materials are $150.00 per item.
Additional information regarding University of Alberta Libraries policies and services is available by contacting any U of Alberta Library Service Desk.