Watcard as library card

In order to borrow WLRC library items you need to have a Watcard. Your card is automatically registered with the Library. Your Watcard allows you to:

  • Request, sign out and renew books in PRIMO, the library search interface
  • Access the University of Waterloo electronic journals, books and indexes from off-campus
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Visit and use other university libraries within Canada
  • Keep your contact information updated via Quest

Computer lab

Computers are located in the Witer Learning Resource Centre. The Optometry building has wireless access – We also have instructions in the WLRC for connecting your laptop.

Printing and photocopying

Printing with uPrint (information and instructions).

The WLRC has two printers and photocopiers. You will need to add money to your Watcard in order to print from the Nexus computers.

Photocopiers also use a watcard swipe option to photocopy.

WLRC study rooms

We have 7 group study rooms that can be booked by optometry students only for groups of three or more. Sign up is required per hour at the circulation desk.

Borrowing policies

Loan periods

Optometry students may borrow an unlimited number of books for a term at a time (due dates for the next term are announced towards the end of the current term). This does not include reserve, reference or controlled access materials.

Borrowing from Tri-University Group (TUG) libraries


Your watcard can also be used at any of the TUG libraries to borrow circulating books in person.

Returning library items

If possible, please return your WLRC library items to our book bin or circulation desk. You also have the option of returning your items to the other locations.

Please note: WLRC reserve items must be returned to our circulation desk.

Library fines

All overdue material is subject to fines as follows:

  • Reserve Overdue items
    Items on loan for 1 or 3 hours - 5 cents per minute to a maximum of $100 per item.
    Items on loan for 1 or 3 days - $20 per day to a maximum of $100 per item.
  • Recalled Materials
    $1.00 per day after the recall due date to a maximum of $30 per item.
  • All Other Materials
    25 cents per day to a maximum of $15 per item.

Other penalties and sanctions may apply.

Research Assistance

Need help with your research? Please email us or call us at + (519) 888-4005.

Interlibrary Loan