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I'm not a UConn student, faculty, or staff member. Can I get a library card?

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Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the Library is temporarily suspending the Community Borrower Program. For more information, please see our Library COVID-19 Reopening UConn page



Yes. Community Borrower cards are available to Connecticut residents; registered students and faculty of the CT State University System or the CT Community Technical College systems; Adjunct faculty and spouses or domestic partners of UConn faculty or staff.  Apply in person for a Community Borrowers card (Note: for Storrs campus, applications are available only in the Homer Babbidge Library) and present proof of one of the following eligibility requirements:

  • Proof of residency in the State of Connecticut. Privileges are granted on an annual basis for a cost of $50, payable by credit card. Driver’s license or state ID card is required.
  • Registered students of the CT State University system or the CT Community/Technical College systems; fee-exempt privileges are granted on a semester-by-semester basis. Proof of registration for the current semester is required, such as a paid fee bill or a valid home institution ID.
  • Permanent Faculty of the CT State University system and the CT Community/Technical College system; fee-exempt privileges are granted on an annual basis. Valid home institution ID is required.
  • Adjunct faculty are granted privileges for the semester they are teaching.
  • Spouses or domestic partners of UConn faculty or staff; fee-exempt privileges are granted on an annual basis. Proof of same address as spouse or partner is required.

Community Borrower Program Policies

There is a 25-book limit. Books are loaned for 30 days. Journals do not circulate. Please present your Community Borrower Card each time you check-out books or make use of other resources.. Borrowers may use the online Request Service to request items from any UConn campus library. However full use of InterLibrary Loan services is not permitted.

All borrowers, except Boston Library Consortium users, may renew books twice unless items are requested by another borrower. Renewal can be done online, in person at the library, or over the telephone at (860) 486-2518.

As a Community Borrower you may not recall books, but you may request a book be held for you upon its return. Recalling a book that is checked out is a service provided only for faculty, students and staff of the University. It is very important that you return any recalled books promptly. Borrowers who are temporarily unable to respond to recall notices should make prior arrangements with the iDesk.

Additional information, including all policies related to the Community Borrower Program, can be found at

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