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Alumni library access

As of September 7, 2021, alumni are able to request holds on library material that is either on the shelves or checked out.

You qualify as alumni if you completed four or more degree credits at U of T, but are no longer a current student. As an alum, you access the library differently than when you were a student.

This page describes alumni privileges available in 2021/2022. See also Alumni library cards.

Borrowing privileges

  • The alumni reader and alumni research reader cards both offer borrowing privileges
  • Find out about borrowing limits and conditions here
  • As of September 7, 2021, alumni must place a hold online for desired items while being signed into LibrarySearch
  • The ability to place holds for materials on the shelves has replaced the Curbside Pickup Service
  • Once alumni borrowers have been notified by email that their material is ready, they may come to Robarts first floor Loans Services Desk to pick it up 
  • Alumni may also use their local public library's interlibrary loan service to borrow from our collection

Research help

Many library research support services, including our email and chat services, will assist alumni to some extent. We can also refer you to other sources of research help.

Online resources [LIRA workstations not currently available for alumni]

  • You can access our e-books, online journals, and other electronic resources in person at a public access (LIRA) computer
  • Unfortunately, we are not able to provide remote access to our online resources – e.g., e-articles, ebooks, ejournals, or databases –  to alumni
  • These may be requested through your local library’s interlibrary loan program

Study space [Not currently available for alumni]

  • Most libraries are open to the public for quiet study.
  • In Robarts, floors 1–5 and 8 are open to the public during regular hours
  • Access does not include extended overnight hours.

Robarts stacks access [Not currently available for alumni]

While many libraries have open book stacks, Robarts Library's stacks (floors 9 – 13) are restricted.  

You may request materials from the stacks at the Loans Desk or get access with:

More information

We would like to hear from you about your information and library needs, and about your experiences with our library so that we may serve you better!  Email us at

–Updated September 21, 2021.