You can find these resources using the following tools:
A current library account is required for off-campus searching.
Note: This service is only available to students.
Library Collection Rooms and stacks are closed. If you would like to borrow items from the Library, you must place a hold online using the Library Catalogue.
Borrowing books & DVDs (contact-free pickup): You can place books on hold and pick them up on campus. This service is currently being offered in Pembroke and will begin on Friday Sept. 11th at Ottawa and Perth. For more information please read our FAQs.
You can find print books and DVDs by using the following tools:
Print version of periodicals are available only at the Perth and Pembroke campus locations. Borrowing is permitted for a 7-day period.
You can find specific print periodicals using the following tools:
The Reserve collection is made up of items that faculty members have put aside for student consultation.
You can find Reserve material using the following tool:
You can borrow items and access digital resources if you are a student, staff, or faculty at Algonquin College.
Alumni, community members, and Smart Library participants have limited borrowing privileges. For more information, read our information about services and resources for Alumni and Community members.
You should be able to borrow right away, as soon as you get your student number and your tuition fees have been paid. If you’re borrowing print material, you will also need your AC card.
Students, staff and faculty at Algonquin College can access our digital resources. Alumni and community members do not have access to the digital resources.
Your Library Account will permit you to access the digital resource collections off campus, renew print books and cds, place holds on books and cds and borrow from other campus libraries.
Yes, you need a library card to borrow physical items from the on-campus Libraries. Your AC Card acts as your Library card. Click here to learn more about the AC Card.
The length of time for which you can borrow is different depending on what you are borrowing.
For more information, view our full table of loan periods.
Library Collection Rooms and stacks are closed. If you would like to borrow items from the Library, you must place a hold online.
Placing a hold on an item (e.g. a book) reserves that item for you. Some of the reasons you might place a hold are:
To place a hold, you need to log in to the Library Catalogue with your student number as the log in and the last four digits of your student number as your PIN. For further instructions about how to place holds and pick up your items, read Holds: Placing a hold on an item.
For faculty information, see the Faculty and Staff Guide.
The fines for overdue items depend on what you borrow. The fines are as follows:
If an item is more than 80 days overdue, you will be charged the cost of the item plus a processing fee. For more information on fines, see Overdue fines: Cost and payment.
The fines for lost items vary. They include the value of the material plus a $10 processing fee. For more information on fines, see Overdue fines: Cost and payment.
Please do not go to the college to pay an overdue fine at this time. If you need to pay a fine, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond within regular business hours.
Renewing an item extends the length of time that you can borrow that item. Most items may be renewed twice. Material borrowed may be renewed under the following conditions:
Faculty/staff and students may renew items online using their Library account in the Library Catalogue. Log in to the Catalogue with your student number as the log in and the last four digits of your student number as your PIN. Alumni and members of the community can renew items that they have borrowed from the Algonquin Library by contacting us.
For more information on how to renew, read Renewals: Renewing your items.
Books may be returned to the Library drop boxes after Tues. Sept. 8th. As a precaution, we will be setting aside returned items for 72 hours. Drop boxes are located at the following campus locations:
You can borrow books that are in the collection of another Algonquin College campus library and pick them up at your campus. This is called an Intercampus loan.
To borrow an item, place the item on hold in the Catalogue and set the campus to your campus.
For further instructions about how to place holds and pick up your items, read Holds: Placing a hold on an item.
Yes. Students, staff, and faculty at Algonquin College can borrow from other libraries in two ways:
Note: loaning library policies may vary from that of Algonquin College’s. Please make yourself aware of these differences (especially those concerning fees and fines, as these apply) by visiting the website of the loaning library.
Material that is borrowed from another library directly or through Interlibrary loan are subject to the owning library’s policy on renewals.
Below are the methods of renewing items for each borrowing method:
For more information, see our Borrowing from other libraries: How to borrow directly or request an interlibrary loan FAQ.
Below are the methods of returning items for each borrowing method:
We can obtain digital copies of books in order to assist users with perceptual disabilities. Complete the Accessible Library Book Request Form to request a Library book in an accessible digital format. You must know the title of the book to make the request, and the book must be part of the AC Library collection.
The Library provides the following accessibility services to assist users with disabilities:
For information on these services and how to request assistance, visit our Accessibility Services Guide.