Alumni and visitors

Your library card


  1. To receive your membership card, send us an email at
  2. If you have forgotten your login information, please call the Service Desk at 613-562-5800 ext. 6555.


Bring the following items to the service desk of any library to be issued a library card:

  1. Identification with your name, photo and address
  2. Card issued by your institution, such as Sm@rtLibrary card, etc. Please contact a service desk to find out what is required to obtain library borrowing privileges.

Lost cards are subject to a replacement fee of $5.

Photocopiers, printers and scanners

Photocopiers, printers and scanners are available on campus. Please consult the computers and technology page for more information.


  • Search the library catalogue using Search+.
  • Borrow up to 15 books, for a two-week period (varies by borrower type).
  • Renew your books online.

Read more about borrowing and renewing.

Please note: Different rules may apply for special items such as DVDs and rare books.


Computers are available for your use at various libraries on campus. You will require a guest account. Note, however, that we are unable to provide wifi access to alumni or visitors.

Community guest accounts

If you are a member of the general public, you can access the library's public computers for one hour. You will be required to show a valid piece of identification (ID with name and address). Note that you may only request access once a day.

Researchers guest accounts

Researchers may request a one-day account. In addition to valid ID with name and address, you will need to demonstrate research affiliation (i.e. independent researcher, uOttawa alumni, researchers, and academics not affiliated with uOttawa, students from St. Paul's, Carleton and the Quebec bar).

University of Ottawa retirees may also obtain such an account.

Please go to the service desk of the following participating libraries:

Library 1 hour 1 day
Morisset Library
Brian Dickson Law Library
Health Sciences Library

Electronic resources

At the library

You can use our workstations and consult our electronic resources with a guest account, which you can get at the service desk. You must present a piece of ID with your name, address and signature, and fill out a form.

At home

  • List of free electronic resources
  • Due to licensing agreement restrictions, we cannot provide remote access to our resources to anyone other than students, faculty and staff.

Affiliated researchers and health professionals

Faculties and departments partner with a number of research centres, institutes and groups in the National Capital Region. Affiliated researchers and health professionals are entitled to use the library resources and services. Are you affiliated?

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