McMaster and Faculty Graduate Student Direct Borrows from University of Toronto

For the past several years, McMaster University Library has provided support in the form of paying for an annual access card for the University of Toronto libraries since UTL instigated a policy of charging faculty and grad students from other Ontario universities in October 2009.The cost of each card is $300/year.  

As part of our ongoing review of the library’s budget we find that we can no longer offer this level of support. No other libraries provide this paid access to the University of Toronto.  

Beginning January 1, 2018, the University Library will subsidize the cost of these cards, for graduate students only, paying $250 of the $300 on your behalf. We can no longer offer this support to faculty. This would mean any graduate student wishing to continue to access the University of Toronto collections will only pay a small portion ($50/year) of the cost of these cards.  

If you wish to acquire or renew an external borrower card at UTL for the coming year, please complete the application form which can be found at

You may provide us with a MOSAIC chartfield to charge this fee to, or we can accept a debit or credit card for payment.  

You can no longer go directly to Robarts Library to arrange for a card. You must complete this application and pay your portion. We will alert the staff at the Robarts  Library when this transaction has been completed so that they can process your card acquisition or renewal.  

Please keep in mind that you are welcome to submit interlibrary loan requests for any materials not owned by McMaster using your RACER account. There is no charge for interlibrary loan. Recommendations to purchase items for the Library’s collections are welcome and will be considered as the budget allows. 

Feel free to direct any questions to Lynne Serviss, Manager, Mills Services ( or 905-525-9140 extension 24053.