Services

Borrowing Privileges


Getting a Library Card

If you are a member of the University and have a CatCard, this is automatically your library card. Find out more about University borrower types.

If you are not associated with the University of Arizona, review our list of non-university borrower types. Arizona residents 18 years or older interested in getting a library card should become a Friends of the Libraries member.

Your Responsibilities

Use your CatCard or library card to check-out materials or use other library services.

Select your status below to learn more about how to obtain a library card, what privileges you will receive, possible costs, and how to obtain a refund. You are responsible for returning all materials on time and for any materials returned late or damaged. Do not let others use your card and report immediately if card is lost or stolen.

There are certain types of material which only circulate for a specific period of time and cannot be renewed. Exceptions by format type.

Privileges by Borrower Type

University Non-University
Undergraduate Students ASU Faculty
Honors Students ASU Students (including ASUSW)
Graduate Students Businesses
Faculty (includes retired and proxies) Friends of the Libraries
Staff (includes retired) GWLA Members
Alumni NAU Faculty
Affiliated/Associated NAU Students
  Pima Faculty
  Pima Students
  President's Club
  Spouse/Domestic Partner of UA Faculty/Staff
UA Undergraduates
Who Currently enrolled undergraduates who are not honors students
Cost of Borrowing None
Valid for Privileges begin within 2 business days of having an active qualifying status with the University, obtaining a Catcard, a NetID, and will remain active as long as you are enrolled in classes (minimum of 1 credit hour) or pre-enrolled for subsequent semesters.
ID Required CatCard
Application None
Book Loan Period 21 days
Check-Out Limit 75 items
Other Privileges Interlibrary loan, remote access to databases, holds and recalls, equipment lending, unlimited library computer access during all building hours, group and quiet study rooms
UA Honors Students
Who Currently enrolled undergraduate honors students.
Cost of Borrowing None
Valid for Privileges begin within 2 business days of having an active qualifying status with the University, obtaining a Catcard, a NetID, and will remain active as long as you are enrolled in classes (minimum of 1 credit hour) or pre-enrolled for subsequent semesters.
ID Required CatCard
Application None
Book Loan Period 180 days
Check-Out Limit 250 items
Other Privileges Interlibrary loan, remote access to databases, holds and recalls, equipment lending, unlimited library computer access during all building hours, group and quiet study rooms
Special Note Honors student status will not be in the library database during the first 21 days of class. Honors students will be treated as UA undergraduates during this time.
UA Graduate Students
Who Currently enrolled graduate students.
Cost of Borrowing None
Valid for Privileges begin within 2 business days of having an active qualifying status with the University, obtaining a Catcard, a NetID, and will remain active as long as you are enrolled in classes (minimum of 1 credit hour) or pre-enrolled for subsequent semesters.
ID Required CatCard
Application None
Book Loan Period 180 days
Check-Out Limit 250 items
Other Privileges Interlibrary loan, remote access to databases, holds and recalls, equipment lending, unlimited library computer access during all building hours, group and quiet study rooms, graduate study rooms
UA Faculty
Who Current and retired full-time and adjunct faculty.
Cost of Borrowing None
Valid for Privileges begin within 2 business days of having an active qualifying status with the University, obtaining a Catcard, a NetID, and will remain active as long as that affiliation is current.
ID Required CatCard
Application None
Book Loan Period 180 days
Check-Out Limit 250 items
Other Privileges Interlibrary loan, remote access to databases, holds and recallsunlimited library computer access during all building hours, long-term study rooms
Special Note Faculty may obtain a proxy card for a teaching or research assistant as long as the assistant is a current UA student, faculty, or staff. Fill out a Faculty Request for a Proxy Card.
Retired faculty status applies to those who have officially retired from the University of Arizona. You may need to work with the department from which you retired to have this status granted.
If you have a CatCard issued prior to August 29, 2008 then you need to complete this Borrower’s Agreement prior to checking out materials.
UA Staff
Who Current and retired UA staff.
Cost of Borrowing None
Valid for Privileges begin within 2 business days of having an active qualifying status with the University, obtaining a Catcard, a NetID, and will remain active as long as that affiliation is current.
ID Required CatCard
Application None
Book Loan Period 180 days
Check-Out Limit 250 items
Other Privileges Interlibrary loan, remote access to databases, holds and recalls, unlimited library computer access during all building hours
Special Note Retired staff status applies to those who have officially retired from the University of Arizona. You may need to work with the department from which you retired to have this status granted.
UA Alumni
Who UA Alumni Association members
Cost of Borrowing $50/year
Valid for 1 year from date of purchase
ID Required Photo ID and white library card
Application Print and then fill out library card application upon issue and at time of renewals. Requires UA Alumni Association membership and proof of AZ residency.
Book Loan Period 21 days
Check-out Limit 25 items
Other Privileges Remote access to Academic Search Alumni Edition and Business Source Alumni Edition, JSTOR, unlimited library computer access during public building hours only
Special Note All UA Alumni Association members receive remote access to Academic Search Alumni Edition and Business Source Alumni Edition even if they do not have a library card.
UA Affiliated/Associated
Who Individuals affiliated/associated with a UA department, including visiting scholars. Verification process:  Please see Guidelines For Affiliates, Associates and Volunteers from Human Resources. The verification process may take up to 2 weeks.
Cost of Borrowing None
Valid for Privileges begin within 2 business days of having an active qualifying status with the University, obtaining a Catcard, a NetID, and will remain active as long as that affiliation is current.
ID Required CatCard
Application None
Book Loan Period 180 days
Check-Out Limit 250 items
Other Privileges Interlibrary loan, remote access to databases, holds and recalls, unlimited library computer access during public building hours only, long-term study rooms (affiliated research faculty only)
Special Note These individuals are designated by the Office of the Vice President for Human Resources after review of appropriate HR status documents. College of Medicine appointments are forwarded to the College of Medicine Office of the Dean for Academic Affairs.

Non-University

Arizona State University (ASU) Faculty
Who ASU full-time and adjunct faculty. You may be asked to login to the ASU website to verify your status.
Cost of Borrowing None
Valid for 1 semester. Faculty must be teaching at least 1 unit during the current semester. Summer and Winter session access granted to faculty teaching in the subsequent semester.
ID Required Photo ID and white library card
Application Print and then fill out library card application upon issue and at time of renewals. Requires a current ASU ID card or proof of employment with picture ID.
Book Loan Period 180 days
Check-Out Limit 250 items
Other Privileges unlimited library computer access during public building hours only
Arizona State University (ASU) Students
Who ASU students, including ASUSW students. You may be asked to login to the ASU website to verify your status.
Cost of Borrowing None
Valid for

1 semester. Students must be enrolled in at least 1 unit during the current semester. Summer and Winter session access granted to students enrolled in the subsequent semester.

ID Required Photo ID and white library card
Application Print and then fill out library card application upon issue and at time of renewals. Requires a current ASU ID card or login to ASU student account online to show proof of enrollment.
Book Loan Period 21 days
Check-Out Limit 75 items
Other Privileges unlimited library computer access during public building hours only
Special Note ASUSW (ASU Social Work) students are ASU students and get the privileges based on that user group despite having CatCards and taking classes on the UA campus.
Businesses
Who Arizona businesses
Cost of Borrowing $500/year
Valid for 1 year from date of purchase
ID Required Photo ID and white library card
Application Print and then fill out Business Library Card Application upon issue and at time of renewals. Requires a letter on company letterhead that includes the name of the responsible individual, the names of three authorized employees, and the business mailing address, phone number, and contact person.
Book Loan Period 90 days
Check-Out Limit 75 items
Other Privileges unlimited library computer access during public building hours only
Friends of the Libraries (including President's Club members)
Who Friends contributing $125 and above
Cost of Borrowing None
Valid for 1 year from date of purchase
ID Required Photo ID and white library card
Application Print and then fill out library card application upon issue and at time of renewals.
Book Loan Period 21 days ($125 level) or 90 days ($250 level or above, President's Club)
Check-Out Limit 25 items ($125 level) or 75 items ($250 level or above, President's Club)
Other Privileges Friends contributing $250 and above receive unlimited library computer access during public building hours only. Friends contributing $1000 and above, along with President's Club members, receive remote access to Academic Search Friends Edition, holds, and recalls, and unlimited library computer access during public building hours only.
Special Note Visit Friends of the University Libraries for more information.
GWLA Members
Who Faculty, staff and students of participating GWLA institutions, except for ASU
Cost of Borrowing None
Valid for The duration of your visit or one year, whichever is shorter.
ID Required Photo ID and white library card
Application Print and then fill out library card application upon issue and at time of renewals.
Book Loan Period 21 days
Check-Out Limit 25 items
Other Privileges unlimited  library computer access during public building hours only
Northern Arizona University (NAU) Faculty
Who NAU full-time and adjunct faculty. You may be asked to login to the NAU website to verify your status.
Cost of Borrowing None
Valid for 1 semester. Faculty must be teaching at least 1 unit during the current semester. Summer and Winter session access granted to faculty teaching in the subsequent semester.
ID Required Photo ID and white library card
Application Print and then fill out library card application upon issue and at time of renewals. Requires a current NAU ID card or proof of employment with picture ID.
Book Loan Period 180 days
Check-Out Limit 250 items
Other Privileges unlimited library computer access during public building hours only
Northern Arizona University (NAU) Students
Who NAU students. You may be asked to login to the NAU website to verify your status.
Cost of Borrowing None
Valid for

1 semester. Students must be enrolled in at least 1 unit during the current semester. Summer and Winter session access granted to students enrolled in the subsequent semester.

ID Required Photo ID and white library card
Application Print and then fill out library card application upon issue and time of renewals. Requires a current NAU ID card or login to NAU student account online to show proof of enrollment.
Book Loan Period 21 days
Check-Out Limit 75 items
Other Privileges unlimited library computer access during public building hours only
Pima Community College (PCC) Faculty
Who Pima Community College full-time and adjunct faculty. You may be asked to login to the PCC website to verify your status.
Cost of Borrowing None
Valid for 1 semester. Faculty must be teaching at least 1 unit during the current semester. Summer and Winter session access granted to faculty teaching in the subsequent semester.
ID Required Photo ID and white library card
Application Print and then fill out the library card application upon issue and at time of renewals. Requires a current ID card from PCC or proof of current employment and picture ID. Adjunct faculty must be teaching in the current semester.
Book Loan Period 180 days
Check-Out Limit 250 items
Other Privileges unlimited library computer access during public building hours only
Pima Community College (PCC) Students
Who Pima Community College students. You may be asked to login to the PCC website to verify your status.
Cost of Borrowing

$50 per semester.  Students must be enrolled in at least 1 unit during the current semester.

Computer Card only:  Free (on a semester basis)


Valid for 1 semester. Privileges for new accounts will start 2 weeks prior to the start of the semester.  Access to library privileges over summer is based on: All current students must be enrolled for at least 1 unit in summer or pre-enrolled for fall to maintain summer library privileges.
ID Required Photo ID and white library card
Application

Print and then fill out library card application upon issue and at time of renewals. Requires a current PCC ID card (sticker must have current expiration date) or login to PCC website and access MyPima account to show proof of enrollment.

Paper application is not needed for free computer use card.

Book Loan Period 21 days
Check-Out Limit 75 items
Other Privileges unlimited library computer access during public building hours only
UA Faculty/Staff Spouse or Partner
Who Spouses or domestic partners of current or retired UA faculty and staff
Cost of Borrowing None
Valid for 1 year from date of issue or renewal
ID Required Photo ID and white library card
Application Print and then fill out a library card application upon issue and for account renewal. Requires proof of residency documentation (e.g. utility bill, checks, bank statement or lease agreement with both names on it or separate paper work which has same address; or marriage license) or evidence of registration with the City of Tucson Domestic Partnership Registry.
Book Loan Period 180 days
Check-Out Limit 250 items
Other Privileges unlimited library computer access during public building hours only

Exceptions by Format Type

Material Type Loan Period Can Be Held or Recalled Can Be Renewed
All Bound journals 7 days Yes Yes
Government Documents (except microfilm/fiche) Varies Yes Yes
ASUA Textbooks 2 hours No No
Laptops, iPads, tablets, projectors, and other equipment Varies No No
Media (videos, DVDs, music CDs, LPs, Phonodiscs) 7 days, 10 at a time Yes Yes
Music CD box sets (closed stacks) Varies No No
Music scores (collected works) 7 days Yes Yes
Maps 21 days No Yes

The following material cannot be removed from the library:

  • Special Collections
  • Reference
  • Current Periodicals
  • Newspapers
  • Microforms
  • 16mm films
  • Atlases

Lost or Stolen Cards

Reporting Missing Cards

If your card is lost or stolen you are responsible for notifying the library as soon as possible at 621-6406.

It is important to call us right away since you are responsible for all materials borrowed with your card prior to any report of loss or theft. This includes all associated late fees or lost material charges.

If you find your card or get a new one, come to one of the Library Information Desks with your card and an additional ID to have us reactivate your account. For your own security, this cannot be done over the phone, nor can another person request the block to be removed.

Replacing Missing Cards

Lost library cards (non-university users) can be replaced for a fee of $10 at any of our library locations.

Lost CatCards can be replaced at the CatCard Office

Refunds for Library Cards

Refunds for purchased library cards will be given up to one week from the date of purchase only if no library material has been checked-out using the card. You can obtain a refund at the Express Document Center, located on the first floor of the Main Library, (520) 621-4863, hours.

Last modified: October 8, 2014