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Borrowing privileges

Library patrons have the following borrowing privileges:

  • Borrow material from any of the TriUniversity Group of Libraries (TUG) (University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University, and University of Guelph)
  • Renew borrowed books indefinitely as long as no one else has recalled them
  • Request books from other TUG libraries and from the Annex

Loan period


Graduate students


Lecturers, post-​doctorates, and visiting scholars


Undergraduate students


External borrowers
Access to electronic resources yes yes yes (selected alumni electronic resources) no
Books term loan
unlimited books
two weeks
unlimited books
two weeks
maximum of 20 books
two weeks
maximum of 20 books
Journals two weeks two weeks no no
Course reserves
  • one hour
  • three hours
  • one day
  • or three days
  • only two reserve items may be borrowed at the same time
no no
Interlibrary loans yes yes



Please note that all borrowers are guaranteed a loan period of 7 days, after which items are subject to recall by other borrowers.


  • Students with disabilities may be granted term loan if they are registered with the AccessAbility Services office.
  • Students in their final year may be granted term loan if they provide a letter of endorsement from a faculty member.

Other loans

Various loan periods are issued for other types of material, such as Waterloo Reads, government publications, controlled access material, theses and equipment borrowed from the Circulation desk. Please consult with the Circulation desk staff for more information.

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