Apply for a library card

Interested in checking out books from our libraries? We offer free library cards to affiliates of some academic institutions and membership organizations. You can also purchase a library card.

To apply, download our application and bring it to any Ask Us desk.

(If you're at the UA, no need to apply - your CatCard is automatically your library card).

Borrowing privileges for non-UA affiliates

The minimum loan period is 21 days for all borrowers. Sorry, only UA affiliates can borrow technology.

Affiliation Cost Borrow up to
Arizona State University students
Northern Arizona University students
None 75 items
Pima Community College students $50/semester 75 items

Faculty teaching at least one credit at:

  • Arizona State University
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Pima Community College
  • Tohono O’odham Community College
None 250 items
Spouse of UA faculty & staff members None 250 items
Students & faculty at GWLA institutions None 25 items
Community user – level 1
(borrowing privileges only)
$125/year 25 items
Community user – level 2
(borrowing privileges and computer access)
$250/year 75 items
Arizona businesses $500/year 75 items

Loan policy for non-UA affiliates

We will automatically renew your print materials every 21 days as long as someone has not requested a hold and your library account is in good standing.

The number of automatic renewals and your maximum loan time depends on your affiliation.

Affiliation Maximum Loan Period
NAU, ASU, Pima and TOCC faculty and UA faculty spouses 6 years
GWLA, NAU, Pima and ASU students and Community users (level 1) 9 months
Community users (level 2) and Arizona businesses  3 years

Computer access

Library card holders receive unlimited computer access during public hours at the Main, Science-Engineering, and Fine Arts Libraries (with the exception of Community User - Level 1). We also offer free computer cards for visitors wishing to use our public computer area in the Main Library.

Lost cards

Contact us right away if you lose your library card to prevent others from using your account. You can get a replacement card for $10 at any of our Ask Us desks.