Waterloo, Guelph, Wilfrid Laurier universities, and Annex
- You can use your Watcard to borrow materials directly at their campuses for a loan period that is assigned to your status.
The Annex is a shared, off-site storage facility for infrequently-used resources from the Waterloo, Guelph and Wilfrid Laurier universities. It is located in Guelph. Access to the Annex is available by appointment.
Contact: 1-800-597-8016 or 519-821-7946, or email the Annex.
Using the library catalogue
- To request a book, use the library catalogue to locate the book or journal. Click on the "Locations & Requests" link within the search results display. Then click on the link "Sign in to request".
- To request an article, click on "Request an article". Then log in to Rapid Access to Collections by Electronic Requesting (RACER) using your barcode, last name and select Waterloo. Finally, click on "Fill out blank request form" from the left-hand menu and fill out the required fields.
- To request scanned copies of book segments from any library location in the catalogue and have them delivered via email (as copyright and licensing permit), use the RACER link in the top menu.
- To request materials not found in the catalogue, use the Interlibrary loans service. In the catalogue, click the RACER link in the top menu.
- Books requested from Guelph and Wilfrid Laurier universities, or the Annex are delivered to your specified pick-up location within one to three business days.
- Photocopies are delivered via email, as copyright and licensing permit.
- Items requested through Interlibrary Loan (RACER) can arrive within three days and most items available from a Canadian library arrive within two weeks. International requests can take longer to obtain.
Other Canadian universities
According to the Canadian University Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement you can use your WatCard to borrow material from other Canadian universities.
North American university libraries (faculty only)
- The Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program allows faculty members of participating institutions borrowing privileges and on-site access to the collections of some of the most important research libraries in North America.
- The program generally applies to the faculty based on the main campus of the participating institution. The home institution determines who is eligible for a Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program card. The lending library determines whether the card will be accepted for on-site use and/or borrowing.
- Check the list of participating U.S. libraries that provide borrowing privileges via the Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program.
Apply for a card
- You may request a Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program card from the University of Waterloo Library.
- The Library will check for the limitations and relevant policies and practices of the prospective lending library upon the faculty's request.
- To borrow materials, the visiting faculty member must present the Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program card and any other identification the lending library requires at the main campus library of any participating institution.
Observe the regulations of the lending library.
Return materials, in person or by mail, within the loan period prescribed by the lending library.
Return materials immediately, in person or by express mail, if recalled by the lending library.
Pay any and all fines or other charges incurred due to late return of materials or damage to materials.
Overseas university libraries
Contact Sarah Martin, Manager, Circulation Services: Lending for a letter of introduction.