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library survival guide

Library Survival Guide

What you need to know

1 Getting Started

Library Card

Your WatCard is your library card. Use it to sign out books, journals, reserve materials, and more! You will also need your 14 digit WatCard barcode for accessing the Library's electronic resources from off campus.

  • Undergraduates and graduates - Your WatCard is automatically validated as a library card
  • Faculty and staff - Register your WatCard at the Circulation Desk or online at Faculty/Staff Self-Registration
  • Distance education students - Submit your request for a card to the Distance Education Office

Update any change in your address or email address on Quest so that library notices can reach you.

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Online Library Account

Access your online library account to do a number of things, including:

  • View items on loan
  • Check the status of items you have requested
  • Renew books

Access your library account using the "Your Library Account" link on the Library's homepage. Log in with the barcode number on your WatCard (14 digits, starting with 21187...).

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Library Locations

There are many libraries located both on and off the main campus:

  • Dana Porter Library: Located on the main campus and specializing in Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
  • Davis Centre Library: Located on the main campus and specializing in Engineering, Sciences, and Mathematics
  • The Geospatial Centre: Located in the Dana Porter Library, room 328
  • Musagetes Architecture Library: Located in Cambridge
  • Witer Learning Resource Centre: Located in the School of Optometry
  • TUG Annex: Storage facility for less frequently used library resources
  • Conrad Grebel University College, Milton Good Library: Specializes in Music, Mennonite Studies, Theology, and Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Renison University College, Lusi Wong Library: Specializes in Social Work, Social Development Studies, East Asian Studies, Anglicanism, and English as a Second Language
  • St. Jerome's University, Library and Archives located in the classroom and administration building of St. Jerome’s University, the collection includes reference material and other works relevant to the liberal arts and math courses taught at St. Jerome’s, with a focus on materials related to English; History; Italian & French Studies; Mathematics; Medieval Studies; Philosophy; Psychology; Religious Studies; Sexuality, Marriage and Family Studies; and Sociology & Legal Studies
  • Other: School of Pharmacy, Centre for Career Action, Audio Visual Centre, Teaching Resources, and Continuing Education

Library Hours

Check the library website for hours information for all locations, terms, weekends, and holidays.

Regular hours for the Dana Porter and Davis Centre libraries:

Dana Porter Library —
Dana Porter Library at night
  • Monday to Friday: 8 am - 11 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 11 am - 11 pm
  • Circulation Desk: (519) 888-4567 Ext. 84883
Davis Centre Library —
  • Monday to Friday: 8 am - midnight
  • Saturday and Sunday: 11 am - midnight
  • Circulation Desk: (519) 888-4567 Ext. 36913

Communications and Liaison Librarian

The Library Survival Guide is adapted from York University Libraries' Library Survival Guide.

July 21, 2014