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Alumni and Guest Borrowing


What can I borrow and access online?

  • Alumni are permitted to borrow regular loan materials. Short-term loan items are not available as they are reserved specifically to support the University’s teaching or research.
  • Alumni are not permitted extended loans, recall items on loan or use of the Interlibrary Loan Services.
  • On-campus access to most online resources and the Internet with temporary guest access is available at the library service desk.

What do I need to borrow library  materials?

  • In order to borrow materials, either a recent Western ONECard or a Western alumni card is necessary. If you have either of these cards, simply present it (plus one other piece of photo ID) to staff at Huron Library service desk Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and staff will set up an account immediately. If your alumni card has already been activated at a library, you may check out books anytime the library is open. Your alumni library account will have to be renewed annually by a library staff member.
  • To order an alumni card, please visit the Western Alumni website.
  • On-campus access to most online resources and the Internet is available to alumni by presenting photo ID at the Huron Library service desk to obtain a temporary username/password.

Where can I borrow and return items?

  • You may borrow materials from the Huron Library, any of the Western Libraries and also from the libraries at Brescia, King’s and St. Peter’s Seminary.
  • Your valid Western ONECard or Alumni card may be used at the service desk of each library and at self checkout machines where available.
  • Regular loan and recalled items may be returned to Huron Library or any of the Western Libraries, Affiliated University College libraries and St. Peter’s Seminary.
  • Library material should be returned as soon as it is no longer needed so that it is available for use by others.

How long can I keep library materials?

  • Alumni are permitted to borrow regular loan materials for 28 days.
  • Any item you have borrowed may be recalled from you. You are assured of at least seven days use of the requested item before it must be returned. Recalled material must be returned by the date specified on the recall notice.

Can I renew items?

You may renew borrowed items online through My Library Account, or in person at any Service Desk. Materials that are out on loan may be renewed up to three times on or before the due date. Items cannot be renewed if they have been recalled or are on hold for another patron, or if your account has been suspended because of overdue items or fines.


Individuals who are engaged in legitimate research or instructional, professional, or administrative activities and must have access to specialized collections for professional or job-related purposes on a short term basis are eligible to apply. Please fill out this application form and return it to the Huron University College Library Circulation Desk.

Library Food & Drink Policy

What is permitted?

  • In order to maintain energy levels while studying, visitors to the Library may bring small, odourless food items in the following two, main floor spaces: The Library Lobby (adjacent to the Service Desk) and The Huron Commons. Food is not permitted in areas where physical library materials are present (e.g., the Reading Room, the Stacks, the Mezzanine).
  • Drinks are permitted throughout the Library, but must be in spill-proof containers with lids.
  • Food will be permitted in the Library for University functions held in our spaces, as well as in staff-only areas.


What is not permitted?

  • No hot foods or foods with strong odours are permitted.
  • Food is not permitted where either physical library materials or information technologies are present (e.g., computer workstations, collaborative technology tables).
  • Food is not permitted in group study rooms.


  • Accidents happen. Please report any spills to Library staff promptly.


  • As a courtesy to others, please dispose of waste in the appropriate receptacles in either the Library Lobby, or in the corridor outside the main entrance of the Library.


Library visitors in violation of the Food & Drink Policy may be asked to: discard their food; store it out of sight (e.g. in a bag or knapsack); and/or, to leave the Library. Thank you for doing your part to help us maintain a clean, welcoming study environment for all students.

Huron Library Accessibility

  • Library Facility: The main entrance to Huron University College is wheelchair accessible. This entrance is located near the Huron parking lot. An Information Desk is situated immediately inside the entrance; Info. Desk staff can give detailed instructions to locate the Library and may provide access to the main door of the Library via an elevator. For a map of Huron College that identifies the main entrance and the location of the Information Desk, click here.
  • Assistive Technology: The Library at Huron offers assistive technology for students with disabilities. An accessible workstation is located in the Huron Commons, situated on the main floor the Library. This workstation provides access to and includes a variety of assistive technology software including: JAWS, Open Book, Kurzweil 3000, Dragon Naturally Speaking, and Inspiration, as well as word processing software. A stand-alone book scanner is connected to the accessible workstation. If you have any questions at all, please contact Ryan Rabie, Digital Initiatives and User Services Librarian.
  • Alternative Format Texts: Services for Students with Disabilities at Western coordinate alternative format texts for course text books and course packs produced through The Bookstore @ Western. For more information about alternative format texts please visit the Services for Students with Disabilities website. If you require alternative format text of material held by the Library at Huron or Western Libraries, please visit Western’s Library Accessibility page.
  • Reference Service: For research assistance please visit the Library’s Research Help Desk, which is located on the main floor within the Huron Commons. For in-depth assistance, you may book a research consultation with Rachel Melis, Teaching and Learning Librarian.
  • Retrieval of Material: Library staff will retrieve books or journals from the stacks on request, and time permitting. Please inquire at the Service Desk. Call number and title information for each item will be required. In addition to in-person requests, the Service Desk will accept phone and email requests to retrieve materials Monday through Friday. It may also be possible to arrange an extended loan for most materials upon request. Note that most books borrowed from the Library at Huron or other Western Libraries locations may be renewed online for your convenience.
  • Photocopying & Scanning: Library staff are available to make photocopies on request for the regular cost of $.10 per page. The library also has two separate scanning devices that are free to use. Please inquire at the Service Desk.

Library Collection Policy

The library collection at Huron supports the students’ learning experiences by making available materials that can help with background readings and essay writing. Selecting new materials to be added to the library collection is a collaborative effort involving the faculty and the library staff. The faculty is largely responsible for recommending the acquisition of publications within their areas of expertise, while the library is responsible for monitoring and coordinating the development of the collection as a whole. Purchase requests can be based on material found in catalogues, reviews, etc., and can be sent to Melissa Rapp, or dropped off in the library at the Acquisitions Office.

Faculty can also be set up with a personal profile with one of our book providers, based on courses offered and research interests. This generates a search in their database of new publications at regular intervals and the results will generate an email with a link to these publications. Recommendations for purchase can be made from these. If you are interested in this, please contact Melissa Rapp and she will, in consultation with you, set up a profile for you.