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Using the Library

Explains how to borrow items, manage your account, and get research help


This guide explains how you can:

  • Find & borrow books from the library
  • Borrow textbooks from the library 
  • Log into your library account & renew items
  • Get research help from the librarians

Library FAQs

The library buys only a few copies of each required textbook. Textbooks can only be borrowed for 3 hours at a time. It's best to purchase your own copy of all required books from the bookstore. ​

Use the table below to find out how long you can borrow items.

Item type Loan period Overdue charges Maximum fines
Print books (non-fiction - Main collection) 3 weeks $0.50/day $25.00
DVDs 1 week $2.00/day $30.00
Reserve books (textbooks - 3 hr loan) 3 hours $2.50/hour * no maximum
Reserve books (1 day loan) 1 day $1.00/day $25.00/day

You can renew all non-reserve items. 

First log into your library account:

  1. Go to the library catalogue
  2. Click on "Log in" located in the top right corner of the screen
  3. Use your student number as your Library Card Number
  4. Use the last 4 digits of your student number as your PIN

Next, click on the down arrow that will appear next to your account, and click on "Account Activity."

From there, you can see all the items you have out on loan. Click "Renew Loan" to renew an item.

If a book has been requested by another student, you will not be able to renew it.

Simply search using a keyword or two in the search bar on the library's homepage. Or, click "Find Books."

A gif showing how to find books on the library's website

When searching for books, you are matching your keywords with the words that appear in book titles and short descriptions of our books. 

Start simple, by using one or two broad keywords to search. If you have too many results, you can searching with narrower keywords.

Library Lingo

What are those librarians saying?!

Librarians sometimes use a very particular language. We don’t mean to confuse you. This list will help you understand some of the library terms used in this guide and that you may encounter when speaking to library staff. 

Borrow/Check Out 

The same as issuing or charging a library item. To borrow books for a specific period of time at no cost.

Call Number

A call number is a series of numbers and letters that is a book's address on the shelf. Each book has a call number. Call numbers also keep books on similar topics close together on the shelves. In the library catalogue, it is listed under "Shelf Location." See the Borrow Books section of this guide for more information on how to read a call number.


The library catalogue is the library search engine. You use it to search for books and ebooks. 

Circulation desk

The circulation desk is where you go to check out books. It is located near the entrance of the library. 


A service that allows you to request a checked out item as soon as it is returned to the library. When the item is returned, you are notified and the book is kept behind the circulation desk for a few days for you to pickup. 


Books that are novels or stories. 

Loan Period

The length of time that you can borrow a library item. 


Books based on facts or reality. These can include opinions, biographies, histories, how-to books, essays and more. 


The same as "re-issue." A service that allows you to extend the time you have to keep a book for an additional loan period. 


Materials that are placed on hold by professors at the Circulation Desk. These are often required textbooks, and can be borrowed for up to 2-hours. Some reserves can be loaned for 1 day. 

Not what you were looking for?

Does this guide not answer the question you had? Have a look at our other guides to find information about research, formatting, plagiarism and citing.