Borrowing for Alumni & Community Members

The Library's mission is to support the teaching and research programs of Queen's University. While the Library's first concern is to provide collections and services to Queen's students, faculty and staff, alumni and local area residents and visitors are welcome to come into the libraries at Queen's and use the facilities.

Library Access 

The libraries at Queen's are open to members of the public. Researchers and visitors are welcome to visit any campus library to consult and make use of:

  • print and microform collections 

  • Omni 

  • research databases and other electronic resources (in-library access only) 

  • self-service copiers and printers 

  • basic information services 

  • reading rooms 

Borrowing Privileges and Access to Electronic Resources

  • Queen's graduates may use their Queen's Alumni Card to borrow books, subject to the fee schedule outlined here. 

  • Please note, Queen's is unable to offer off-campus access to electronic resources (including journals) to alumni. The licenses that govern access to electronic resources stipulate they are only for current members of the Queen's community, which does not extend to alumni.

  • Area residents unaffiliated with Queen's may borrow books, but first must purchase a Community Borrower's Card from the information services desk at Bracken Health Sciences Library, the Education Library, or at Stauffer Library. The Community Borrower's Card is for the cardholder's personal use. It may not be transferred to other individuals or used for business purposes. 

  • Most books can be borrowed for 14 days and can be renewed if not requested by another patron. Borrowers are advised to check individual libraries' circulation policies to clarify precisely which library resources may be borrowed.

  • Borrowing Privileges for Visiting Scholars, Faculty Members or Students of Another University Faculty and students from other universities may be eligible for borrowing privileges at Queen's University Library under the terms of reciprocal agreements among educational institutions. For more information, consult the Reciprocal Borrowing Agreements page.


Alumni & Community members borrowing and renewal privileges are blocked when they hit a limit of 20 items or $20.00 in fines.

Community Borrower's Card Fees

Community Borrower Group Fee
Queen's Alumni
  • $25 per year
Area Residents: Adults
  • $50 for 12 months
  • $30 for 6 months
  • $20 for 4 months
Area Residents: Seniors
  • $35 per year
St. Lawrence College Faculty & Students
  • $10 per academic term
Institutional Rates (An Institutional Borrower's card is available to businesses and corporations)
  • $175 per year (for 5 cards)
  • $35 (for each additional card)

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