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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

How to Borrow

  • Get a Library Card
    Full-time and part-time students

    Your student photo ID card serves as your library card. Each academic year, Ontario Tech University students must present a current student identification card to register for library privileges. Cards can be obtained or stamped at the Office of the Registrar.

    Procedures may vary for Distance Education students.  Please refer to Distance Education Services.

    Faculty and staff

    Your staff photo ID card serves as your library card. Staff members must present a current staff identification card for borrowing privileges. Contract staff must renew their membership annually. Cards can be obtained or stamped at the Office of the Registrar.

    Retired staff receive free lifetime membership upon presentation of a valid photo staff retired ID card (available from the Office of the Registrar) or other proof of retired staff status. This card does not entitle the holder to borrow high-demand material, remote access to electronic databases or to Interlibrary Loan or Reciprocal Borrower services.

    Research assistants

    Faculty can request library privileges for staff hired as a Research Assistant with the expectation that the requesting faculty member will take responsibility for all charges incurred. The faculty member is required to complete an Application for a Research Assistant Card form and submit the completed form to staff at any Ontario Tech University library. The research assistant will be contacted once privileges have been issued.

    Alumni, community borrowers and high school students  

    Free annual library membership upon presentation of a valid ID (Alumni card, driver’s licence, student ID card). This card does not entitle the holder to borrow high-demand material, remote access to electronic databases or to Interlibrary Loan or Reciprocal Borrower services. The cardholder is responsible for all items borrowed on the card and the card is not transferable.

    Students, faculty and staff from other universities

    Free library membership for the current academic year upon presentation of a valid photo ID and valid identification such as: 

    • Ontario University student, staff or faculty card
    • CREPUQ card (Quebec)
    • COPPUL card (B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba)
    • ASIN card (Atlantic Provinces)

    This card does not entitle the holder to borrow high-demand material, remote access to electronic databases or to Interlibrary Loan services.

  • Borrow from other Libraries
    Reciprocal Borrowing

    To borrow in-person at other University libraries, bring a current student or staff ID card to any Canadian university to borrow material. Collateral identification may be required.

    Length of loan: The loan period and renewal privileges are determined by the lending library.

    Type of material: Only circulating material as defined by the lending library may be borrowed. Reserves or other heavily used material may not be available to Reciprocal Borrowing participants.

    Fines: The fine and fee schedules for overdue or recalled books in operation in the lending library will apply to all borrowers. You are responsible for fines incurred. Ontario Tech libraries may be contacted regarding delinquent borrowers and requested to assist in the retrieval of material or collection of fines.

    Damaged or lost books: You are responsible for library material borrowed in your name. Lost books should be reported promptly to the Circulation Department of the lending library. Borrowers losing or failing to return books or returning items in damaged condition are subject to replacement and processing charges as determined by the lending library.

    Sanctions: The lending library may withdraw borrowing privileges from any student or staff member who abuses the provisions of the reciprocal borrowing agreement.

    Return of books: Books can be returned to any member library.

    OCUL Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement - further information regarding reciprocal borrowing.

    Interlibrary Loan

    To have material from other libraries sent to Ontario Tech libraries for pick up (books) or emailed to you (electronic material), order through Interlibrary Loan.

  • Renewals, Returns, Fines and more

    Please see under Library Lending


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