My library account

University of Waterloo students, faculty and staff

Log in to your library account using a WatIAM user ID and password to:


Alumni have access to the library and many of its resources. To access services, you will need to apply for an Alumni WatCard, then register your card with the Library using the online registration form. Expired student WatCard information cannot be used in this form. Please visit the Library's site detailing alumni borrowing privileges.

Online resources

Alumni have access to a select list of electronic resources, which does not include the Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals and Building Types Online, due to licensing restrictions. Get access from anywhere using your new alumni barcode to access ebooks and other online resources.

Community borrowers

Community borrowers can sign in using their 14-digit library card barcode number as their user ID and click 'Reset your password' before logging into their library account for the first time.

Get a community borrower card

Residents of Cambridge, and students from other colleges and universities, can apply for a community borrower card. Please note that access to our physical collections is currently limited to University of Waterloo students, faculty and staff, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Contact us for more information.