Alumni, Retirees, Visiting Scholars, & Community Members
Due to COVID-19, the library is only open to current students, faculty and staff. Alumni, retirees, and community members are asked not to visit the library at this time.
Due to COVID-19, alumni cards are not being issued at this time.
- 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.
- Your University of Guelph or University of Guelph-Humber ID is your library card.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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)