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The following information outlines the processes and procedures of borrowing items from the Huron Library.

  • How to Borrow

  • A valid university identification card is required to borrow items.You may borrow items from the Huron Library, Western Libraries and the libraries of Brescia, King's and St. Peter's Seminary.

    Take control of your library account:

    • have your card activated by library staff to borrow items
    • report lost cards immediately to library staff
    • avoid fines by renewing online or in person by the due date

    Your library card options are:

    Western ONECard- issued to current students, faculty and staff of Huron, Western and the Affiliated University College Libraries.

    Alumni card- issued to Huron, Western and Affiliated University College graduates. To obtain your free card, contact Alumni Relations.

    Direct Borrower’s card- issued to current students, faculty and staff of other Canadian universities; must fill out application form at any Service Desk.

    Faculty Authorized Borrower card- Faculty and instructors can authorize students or assistants to borrow materials for university research / teaching purposes. To setup authorization, complete and submit the Faculty Authorized Borrowers form.

  • Loan Period

  • Regular Loan Periods for Huron Books

    Alumni, Direct & Guest Borrowers
    14 days 
    Undergraduate Students, Masters Students, Staff 28 days
    Faculty, PhD students and Librarians/Archivists
    120 days

    Course Reserves and Short-term Loans
    Some items may be placed on reserve or short loan status. The loan periods range from one hour to seven days depending upon demand. These items cannot be renewed and couretesy notices are not sent out.

    Extended Loans
    Faculty, students and staff of Huron, Western, Brescia, King's and St. Peter's Seminary may request selected items for an extended period. All items on extended loan are subject recall.
  • Renewing and Returning

  • Renewals
    You may renew regular loan items unless:
    • they are on hold for another patron
    • they have been recalled
    • your account has been suspended because of overdue items or fines over $5.00 in total
    • Direct Borrowers and Guest Borrowers are eligible for 1 renewal only.

    Regular loan and recalled items may be returned to Huron Library or any of the Western Libraries and Affiliated University College Libraries.

    Short loan items must be returned to their owning library (example: a HUR 3-day book must be returned to the Huron Library) by the date specified. Library items should be returned as soon as they are no longer needed so they are available for use by others.

    Take control of your library account - Avoid fines by returning materials on time or renewing them by the due date by logging in to your Library Account.

  • Library Notices

  • Library Notices are email communications telling you about regular loan books due soon, overdue books, recalls, fines, etc.

    How are Library Notices sent?

    Current students, faculty, and staff receive Library Notices via their Western Identity account. Since email notification is the primary communication mechanism, it is essential that the Western Identity account is checked regularly. The non-receipt of Library Notices does not relieve the borrower from any fines or fees that may be levied.

    Other users (Alumni, Guest Borrowers, etc.) can request to have an email address added to their library record to enable receipt of Library Notices by email.

    Library notices can also be sent via SMS to your cell phone. Students, faculty and staff can submit this form to receive library alerts by text message.

    What is a recall?
    Any item on regular or extended loan may be recalled. The original borrower is assured of at least seven days use of the requested item before it must be returned. Any library material which is recalled must be returned directly to the issuing library by the date specified. Secondary Users may not recall books on loan.

  • Course Reserves

  • Course Reserves are usually books that are in heavy demand by students for a particular course.

    They are given short loan periods to ensure fair access and are placed on reserve upon request of faculty, instructors and teaching assistants.

    Course Reserves are kept behind the circulation desk. In order to provide more efficient service, please bring the call number of the item you wish to borrow. Whenever possible, material is made available in an electronic format to provide access 24/7.

    How do I find items on Reserve for my course?

    From the Shared Library Catalogue, click on "Course Reserves":

    • Search by Course Name or Course Instructor
    • Reserve course materials can be sorted by author, title or call number.
  • Information for Guest Borrowers

  • 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.
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