Can I still borrow books from the library?

As McMaster alumni, graduates of McMaster University are entitled to borrowing privileges at Mills Memorial Library, Thode Science & Engineering Library, Innis Library and the Health Sciences Library.

Graduates of McMaster University are issued an Alumni Library Card at no charge, with proof of graduation.

  • Alumni Library Card Application Forms are available online or at any Library Services Desk
  • Identification showing a current address is required.
  • Cards can be issued during the following hours:
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 Sundays during Summer hours.

  • Alumni are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Library Regulations
  • Misuse of the library card or failure to respond to notices will result in the withdrawal of borrowing privileges.
  • Cards may be used only by the holder and are not transferrable.

Loan Period / Borrowing Limitations

  • Alumni 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.