Apply for a library card

About library cards

If you are a UA student, staff, faculty, or Designated Campus Colleague, your CatCard is your library card and you automatically get library access.

If you are affiliated with certain academic institutions or membership organizations, you might get a free library card. Everyone else is welcome to purchase a library card.

To apply for a library card, download the application and bring it to any of our library locations. If you are a Banner employee, go to the Health Sciences Library.

Borrowing privileges for non-UA affiliates

The initial 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 None 75 items
Tohono O’odham Community College students None 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

Banner employees 

None 25 items (Health Sciences Library only)
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
Banner employees 9 months

Computer access

Library card holders receive unlimited computer access during public hours at the Main and Weaver Science-Engineering Libraries (with the exception of Community User - Level 1 and Banner employees). 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.