External Borrower Card

External Borrower cards are issued to individuals with a regular or continuing need for research and scholarly materials. There is an annual fee for the card and borrowing limitations apply.


  • Cards are issued to individuals with a regular or continuing need for research and scholarly materials.
  • Cards are not issued to primary and secondary school-students.


  • Application forms are available at any Library Services Desk, or the Circulation Desk in the Health Sciences Library.
  • Identification showing a current address is required.
  • You will also be asked to provide a secondary contact address, which will only be used if we are repeatedly unable to reach you at your primary contact address, especially in the case of overdue notifications, etc.
  • Cards can only be issued during the following hours (summer and holiday hours vary):
Monday to Thursday 8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday 10:30 am - 5:30 pm
Sunday Noon - 7:30 pm

NOTE: This service is not available on weekends during Summer hours.
In the Health Sciences Library, cards can be issued when the circulation desk is open


  • The annual fee for the External Borrower Card is $60.
    • Payment may be made by cheque, MasterCard, VISA or debit card. No cash please.


  • *Mills: (905) 525-9140 ext. 22077
  • *Innis (Business): (905) 525-9140 ext. 22081
  • *Thode (Science & Engineering): (905) 525-9140 ext. 22000
  • Health Sciences: (905) 525-9140 ext. 22323

*Note: Mills, Thode and Innis, do not provide telephone service after 9 pm or on weekends.


Loan Period / Borrowing Limitations

  • External Borrowers may check out circulating materials for a two week period.
  • Up to 20 books may be on loan at one time.
  • Reserve materials may not be borrowed.
  • Any book may be renewed unless it has been requested by another user (limit of 2 renewals per book ).
  • Limit of 10 recalls can be placed.

Renewal of Card

  • All cards expire annually at the end of the month indicated on the expiry sticker. The card should be presented when applying for the renewal.
  • Cards can be renewed at the times stated above under Application , provided that no materials are overdue and any outstanding charges are paid.

Change of Address / Lost Card

  • It is the responsibility of library patrons to keep the Library informed of their current address.
  • The non-receipt of library notices by a borrower does not relieve the borrower from fines, book replacement charges, or suspension of privileges.
  • The library must be notified when the card is lost or stolen.

Services Available

  • External Borrower card holders may use all the services provided by the Library, with the exception of Interlibrary Loan Services and off-campus access to our licensed e-resources.
  • Access to our library catalogue is free to all users.
  • to access e-resources on-campus, as a walk-in user, you will need a Temporary Guest Internet accountplease note some e-resources do not permit access by walk-in users
  • External borrowers should direct interlibrary loan requests to their public library or any other library with which they are affiliated.