uOttawa Library

Borrow

Students, faculty, staff and visitors may borrow books, journals, DVDs and more. You will need a valid library card to borrow materials. Cards are not transferable. Privileges may vary according to borrower category.

I am a University of Ottawa student, professor or employee

University of Ottawa students, faculty and staff are entitled to our entire range of services:

I am not a University of Ottawa student, professor or employee

Others may borrow and renew library materials. Are you in one the following categories?

If you are unsure if you are eligible, email orbis@uottawa.ca.

Borrowing materials

Status Loan period Items Number of renewals
Undergraduates 14 days 30 23
Graduates Session* 75 2
Professors Session* 75 2
Part-time professors 28 days 75 11
Research assistants 28 days 75
Employees 28 days 20 11
Alumni 14 days 15 23
Others - Canadian universities 14 days 10 23
Others - SmartLibrary 14 days 4 2
Others Varies Email orbis@uottawa.ca

Exceptions:

  • You may borrow up to 10 journals for 2 days, depending on your library policy and the category you belong to.
  • Theses and most government publications, maps, reference works, microforms, tests and rare books can be consulted in the library only.
  • The loan period for DVDs is 3 days. They may be renewed twice or booked for a future date. External users may only view them on site at the Media Library.

Notices

Courtesy notices are sent when an item is

  • Soon overdue: 5 days before an item is due (except for items with a loan period of less than 7 days)
  • Overdue
  • Available following a request
  • Recalled

Students, faculty and staff: Notices are sent by e-mail to your uottawa.ca address. Others: Notices are sent by e-mail to the address you entered on your library card application form. You are responsible for returning materials by the due date even if you fail to receive notice. Overdue fees will be applied for late returns.

Returns

All materials should be returned by the due date (or time) in order to avoid fines. See our rules on overdue materials.

To check the due date for an item, log in to your library account.

During open hours, most borrowed books may be returned to any library circulation desk or placed in the return chute available in each library, as well as in Marion Hall, Desmarais Hall and Colonel By Hall.

After closing, items may be placed in the night return chute located outside of the library.

Exceptions: the following materials must be returned directly to the libraries where they were borrowed:

  • Reserve items
  • Journals
  • Non-book items (DVDs, maps, etc.)

Requests

University of Ottawa students, faculty and staff can use the catalogue to request

  • Books already on loan
  • Books located at the Library Annex (off-site storage facility)
  • Books in process

Click on the Request button, enter your information, and choose a pickup location. The book you have requested will be held for you for 5 days after it arrives at the pickup location. Your request may be cancelled if a faculty member requests that we put the book aside for a course.

Users affiliated with the University may also request that a book be transferred from the main campus libraries to the Health Sciences Library or Berkman Library, or vice versa. Send your request to orbis@uottawa.ca.

Users not affiliated with the University may request books located at the Library Annex. Send your request to orbis@uottawa.ca.

Recalls

An item can be recalled when another user requests it and it is on extended loan, or overdue. If you have an item for an extended period and are planning to leave the region, make the necessary preparations to be able to comply with any recall during your absence.

Fines for recalled items are $1.00/day/item.

Outstanding accounts

Your borrowing privileges will be suspended if there are outstanding charges on your account:

Status Charges
Students $10 or more
Faculty $10 or more
Staff $10 or more
Others $1 or more

In order to graduate, or receive marks or transcripts, students must not have any outstanding charges. Unpaid accounts may be referred to a collection agency.

See our rules on overdue and damaged materials.

Did you know?

With your student or employee card you can borrow directly from most university libraries in Ontario.

With a SmartLibrary card you can borrow from 6 libraries in the National Capital Region.