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Lorna Rourke
519-884-8111 x 28271
Deb Addesso
Library Associate
519-884-8111 x 28240
Zack MacDonald
519-884-8111 x 28262
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Borrowing, renewing, or requesting books: these are just a few of the functions that our front-line staff can help you with. Stop by the circulation desk and visit us.

Any community member, be they staff, faculty, student, alumnus, or visitor, can apply for a library card.
Your WatCard serves as your library card for borrowing materials and checking your library account. You can also use your WatCard to pay for printing with uPrint and photocopying in the library.
Currently registered undergraduate and graduate students automatically have library privileges with no activation needed. 
Faculty, staff, and postdoctoral fellows
You may register your WatCard using the online registration form or in person at the circulation desk.
Visiting faculty and scholars
Register your WatCard at the circulation desk and present a letter from your host that confirms your appointment.
Faculty and staff proxy card
A proxy card may be issued to a registered faculty or staff member to permit a designate to borrow and access material on their behalf. You may apply for a proxy card online.
All Waterloo graduates can validate their alumni WatCards at the library circulation desk.  
Distance education students
A WatCard will be mailed to you when you register for classes; this serves as your library card. 
Community borrowers
Adults residing within Ontario may apply for a library card at the circulation desk free of charge. To obtain a borrower card you must present proof of residency showing your name and address.
High school students
With a letter of introduction from a principal or school librarian validating their need to use an academic library, you can apply for a library card at the circulation desk free of charge.
Your Library Account
You can access your library account by logging in with the 14-digit barcode found in your WatCard and your last name to:
  • access online resources and services
  • see which books you have checked out and when they are due
  • renew books
  • renew periodicals
  • place, monitor, or cancel your recalls and hold requests
  • view any outstanding fines
  • adjust your personal display profile
  • re-run your saved searches
Fines and Overdue Items
  • Overdue or recall fines are assessed when you don’t return an item that you checked out on the due date.
  • Fines will accumulate until the overdue item is returned or the maximum fine is reached.
  • A fine is not assessed to your account until the item has been returned to the Library.
If you have any fines on your library account, they may be paid in person at the circulation desk. Payments may be made by cash or cheque, payable to St. Jerome's University or by credit, debit, or WatCard at the University of Waterloo library locations.
Borrowing & Renewing
Borrowing privileges

Graduate students

Faculty, lecturers, post-doctorates, and visiting scholars


Alumni External borrowers
Access to electronic
Yes Yes Yes (select 
electronic resources)
Books Term loan
unlimited books
Two weeks
unlimited books
Two weeks
maximum of 20
Two weeks
maximum of 20 books
Journals Two weeks Two weeks No No
Course reserves

One hour

Three hours

One day

Three days

Only two reserve items may be borrowed at the same time

No No
Interlibrary loans Yes Yes No No


Please note that all borrowers are guaranteed a loan period of 7 days, after which items are subject to recall by other borrowers. Persons with disabilities may be granted term loan if they are registered with the AccessAbility Services office.


Renewing Books
  • In person (bring your items to any Tri-Universities Group circulation desk)
  • Renew your books online
  • Renewing library materials - by phone 519-888-4600 

You won’t be able to renew your books if your library account has been suspended because of fines or overdues.

Course reserves and Interlibrary loan items cannot be renewed.

Course Reserves

Make course readings available to students in either paper or electronic formats using our course reserves function.

Photocopying, Scanning & Printing

The Library offers scanning, cash printing on public computers, or uPrint on photocopiers; photocopyingcan be done with your WATCard. 

  • 10 cents a page
  • No colour
  • Scan to USB is available at the photocopiers
Request or Recommend an Item
Request books or journal articles from PRIMO
  1. Search PRIMO to locate the book.
  2. Click the “Locations & Requests” tab for items available at one of the Tri-University Group of Libraries, but not available at your home library
  3. You will need to “sign in” with the 14 digit barcode on your WatCard and your last name in order to place a request
  4. Choose HOLD for items that are NOT checked out.
  5. Choose RECALL for items that are checked out.
  6. Be sure to specify the location that you would like to pick up your items.
Request item NOT in PRIMO
  1. If you search for an item in PRIMO and it is not available at one of the Tri-University Group Libraries, you may still request the item from another library.
  2. Use the RACER link at the top of the PRIMO page, to search for books and journal articles available at other libraries and have the items delivered to your choice of campus library location.

If there is an item that is not in the Library at St. Jerome’s University, please do not hesitate to fill out the "Request item for purchase" form!  Suggestions will be evaluated by the Librarian according to our Collection Development Policy.  

Library Quick Links

Your Library Account

Interlibrary Loans





Course Reserves

Request an Item for Purchase

Email the Librarian