While our building is closed, we can support you online. Learn about library services during COVID-19.

Alumni, Retirees, Visiting Scholars, & Community Members

Due to COVID-19 access to the building is restricted to current U of G students, faculty and staff.

Alumni

Due to COVID-19, alumni do not have access to the building and alumni cards are not being issued at this time.

You can still register with us to gain access to alumni online resources.

  • Please see our alumni borrowing policies for details on your borrowing privileges.
  • When our services and spaces completely reopen, Alumni House will issue alumni cards.
  • Registration expires every two years.

Retirees

Due to COVID-19, retirees do not have access to the building.

  • Your University of Guelph or University of Guelph-Humber ID is your library card.
  • Currently, you have full access to the online library. You may also request University of Guelph books via "Home Delivery" in Omni.
  • Faculty members/librarians with emeritus status will retain the same access you have always had. Retirees with whom colleges have made arrangements with will also retain access.
  • Please see our retirees borrowing policies for details on your borrowing privileges.

Visiting scholars

Due to COVID-19, visiting scholars do not have borrowing privileges or access to the building.

  • You have full access to the online library with a validated University of Guelph or Guelph Humber ID card.
  • Please see our visiting scholars borrowing policies for details on your borrowing privileges.

Community members

Due to COVID-19, community borrowers do not have borrowring privileges or access to the building. 

  • When the library has completely re-opened, you can register for a free community member card at the Ask Us Desk. Your card lets you borrow books from the library. You can renew your card every two years.
  • Please see our community borrowing policies for details on your borrowing privileges.
  • Please see a list of free open access resources below. 

Open access resources

More research is becoming available through the open access movement. You can access openly available research and scholarship through sites like these: