This page provides updates on library and archives services. Please check this page before visiting, as hours and services may change.
Most recent update: June 30, 2022

Visiting the Library

Note for community visitors:

  • If you are experiencing symptoms or think you may have been exposed to COVID-19, please complete the Ontario COVID-19 self-assessment and follow the instructions you are given. If you are instructed to self-isolate, you must not attend campus.
  • Our bookshelves are open. However, pickup orders must be placed in advance through our order form for community borrowers

Our hours:

Our services:

  • Pick up of previously-ordered library materials. Students, staff, faculty and registered community borrowers may use this service. See our book pickup services page for more information.  
  • Drop-in study tables and carrels
  • In-person help. Library staff are available during open hours to help with general library and research questions. For specialized help, an appointment (either in person, by phone or video call) is strongly recommended. See the “Research Help” section for details.
  • Printing and photocopying. Access to the library printer is available to students through the University’s virtual printing service, WPrint. To print and copy in our library, add funds to your WatCard. The printer/copier is located in an alcove across from the circulation desk.
  • Several public access computers are available. One computer has a scanner attached.
  • Washrooms, including one accessible washroom, are available
  • A digital microform reader/scanner is available
  • The Archives is open. Contact the Archivist to set up an appointment.

What to expect:

  • Drinks are permitted in the library. No food, please.  

Research help

Book returns

Library materials may be returned to the Milton Good Library during open hours.
Additional drop-off points for library materials are available across campus.

Accessing books (print and digital), articles and more

  • A wealth of books, articles and more are available digitally through the University of Waterloo Library catalogue, called Omni. Omni is the catalogue of 16 Ontario universities. Print books can be ordered within the catalogue from any Omni library.
  • In addition, the University of Waterloo subscribes to many specialized databases. Recommended databases for specific research areas are described in the research guides listed above.
  • The University of Waterloo library also operates an interlibrary loan service for print books and digital materials not otherwise available
  • In addition to choosing a book pickup location on campus, you may choose to have books delivered to you through the mail

Getting a library card

For students, faculty and staff, your WatCard is your library card. Community borrowers are issued a separate card. The information below is for those who do not have an active library account.

  • For alumni, you must have an alumni card to borrow. Order an Alumni WatCard through the alumni office.
  • For MTS alumni in the sequential degree program with AMBS, contact us at or 519-885-0220 x34400
  • For MCEC Pastors and members of the general public living in Ontario seeking a community borrower card, contact us at or 519-885-0220 x34400

Archives services

  • The Archives is open. Contact the Archivist to set up an appointment.
  • The archivist is able to respond via email to archival questions requiring a reasonable amount of staff time. See the Archives website for details.