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Lorna Rourke
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Deb Addesso
Library Associate
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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.
Get a Library Card
Your University of Waterloo WatCard serves as your library card. Use it to borrow library materials, print, photocopy, and scan.
Currently registered undergraduate and graduate students automatically have library privileges with no activation needed. 
Faculty, staff, and postdoctoral fellows
You will need to activate your WatCard using the online registration form, or in person at the library circulation desk to be able to access the library's resources.
Visiting faculty and scholars
You must register your WatCard at the library circulation desk, and present a letter from your host that confirms your appointment.
Research assistant proxy card
Registered faculty and staff can apply for a research assistant proxy card that authorizes another individual to borrow and access library material on their behalf. You may apply for a research assistant proxy card online.
All Waterloo graduates can register their alumni WatCards using the online registration form or in person at the library circulation desk.  
Extended Learning Students
A WatCard will be mailed to you when you register for classes; this serves as your library card. Please contact Centre for Extended Learning at for questions or problems with your WatCard.
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
Students enrolled in secondary schools within the Regional Municipality of Waterloo and Wellington County can apply for a library card at the circulation desk free of charge. Students must present a high school registration form signed by their principal or school librarian validating their need to use an academic library.
Your Library Account
Students, faculty, and staff can access their library account by logging in using their WatIAM user identification and password. 
Community borrowers can sign in using their 14-digit bar code number as their user identification and click reset your password before logging into their account for the first time.
New faculty, staff, and postdoctoral fellows will need to activate their library card before they can use it.
Logging into your library account will enable you to:
  • access online resources and services via the library catalogue
  • see which books you have checked out and when they are due
  • renew books
  • renew periodicals
  • place requests
  • view any outstanding fines
  • adjust your personal display profile
  • view and re-run your saved searches
Borrowing and Renewing


Library patrons have the following borrowing privileges:

  •     Borrow material from 14 Ontario university libraries using the new easy-to-use academic search tool Omni.
  •     Request books from University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University, University of Guelph, and the Annex.
  •     Renew borrowed books indefinitely as long as no one else has requested them. Please note that all borrowers are guaranteed a loan period of 7 days.

For information for specific patron groups and their borrowing privileges please refer to the University of Waterloo library.


  • In person - please bring your items to any OMNI library 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.

Fines and Overdues
Fines and Overdue Items
  • Fines are assessed for overdue materials, course reserves, and special loans.
  • A fine is not assessed to your account until it is returned to the library.
  • You can check what fines you have by logging into your library account.
  • The listing of fines will indicate the title, type of fine, or charge, and the amount.
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.
Course Reserves

To access your course reserves list of readings, please connect to our course reserves page.

Photocopying, Scanning and Printing

The Library offers black and white cash printing on public computers for $.10/page.

To print, scan, or copy in black/white or colour,  use W Print's online service with your WATCard.

Request or Recommend an Item

Undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and staff

  • Can place requests in the library catalogue on books and journals which have not been checked out and have them delivered to their preferred pick-up location
    • Follow the "Request" link in the catalogue record on the search results page
  • Can also request scanned copies of journal articles and book segments found in the library catalogue and have them delivered electronically to their email, as copyright and licensing permit
    • Articles: Follow the "Request an article" link in the catalogue record on the search results page
    • Book segments/chapters:
      Login to your Interlibrary loans (RACER) account
      Find a record for your book title and click "Get it"
      Click "Scan/Copy" on top of the form
      Fill in the "Part Details" and click "Request"
  • Requests take one to three business days. You will be notified by email when your items arrive. Up-to-date status reports are also available in your library account.
  • Items will be held for six days at the chosen pick-up location.


External borrowers
External borrowers may place requests items in the library catalogue from the Annex, University of Guelph and Wilfrid Laurier University libraries only.


Request item for purchase
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