Alumni, Retirees, Visiting Scholars, & Community Members
Please note, due to COVID-19 access to the building is restricted to current U of G students, faculty and staff.
- Alumni cards cannot be issued at this time. When our services and spaces completely reopen, Alumni House issues alumni cards. Your card lets you borrow books from the library.
- Register with us to gain access to alumni online resources. Registration expires every two years.
- Please see our alumni borrowing policies for details on your borrowing privileges.
- Please note retirees do not have access to the building during the fall 2020 semester.
- 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.
- Please note, during the fall 2020 semester 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.
- Please note, during the fall 2020 semester community borrower cards cannot be issued and access to the building is limited to current U of G students, staff and faculty.
- 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:
- Open Access databases -- curated by the University of Guelph Library
- Directory of Open Access Journals
- Unpaywall -- get a browser extension that will search for free, legal versions of articles
- PubMedCentral -- a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's and National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM)