Access and Privileges

Borrowing privileges

All faculty, staff, and students currently enrolled in courses or employed by Brock University are eligible to borrow from the Library upon presentation of a current Brock photo ID card to staff at the Ask Us Desk. New faculty and staff will be asked to present their Brock photo ID card for activation prior to borrowing for the first time.

Photo ID cards can be obtained by visiting the Brock Card Office located at Thistle 222 (next to the Sean O’Sullivan Classroom).

Access to online resources:

Off-campus access to the Library’s wide variety of online resources requires a currently activated Brock campus ID account provided by ITS. Accounts can be activated through the Campus Portal. All currently registered students, faculty, and staff can access the full suite of resources offered through the Library.

Borrowing privileges

New contract faculty and staff are asked to register at the Ask Us Desk in order to set up library borrowing privileges and should bring a copy of their contract along with their Brock staff ID card. Each time a new contract is signed, please repeat this process so your borrowing privileges can be extended.

Access to online resources

Access to the Library’s online resources is controlled by the user’s campus portal account which is administered by ITS and is dependent on Human Resources contract status. See more details above.

If a user requires access outside of the contract active period, departmental administrative staff should initiate an extension of portal access through the online form available on the campus portal site along with appropriate department authorization.

Borrowing privileges are extended to faculty and staff upon retirement at no charge.  Off-campus access to the Library’s online resources requires an active campus ID account. At retirement, your campus ID account is automatically extended for one year after which you will receive notification from ITS asking if you wish to extend your access.

The hosting department of the visiting scholar/adjunct must arrange for an ID card and online access to resources on their behalf. This process is usually initiated by the department’s administrative assistant who sends an email to the Brock Card Office (brockcard@brocku.ca), indicating the name of the visiting scholar/adjunct, department, how long they will be at Brock University, and the name of the Brock faculty member who will be working with the visiting scholar/adjunct.

Once the visiting scholar/adjunct has their Brock ID card, s/he may register for borrowing privileges at the Ask Us Desk.

To allow for off-campus access to the Library’s online resources, the department’s administrative assistant must request a portal access account for the visiting scholar/adjunct through ITS via mybrocku.ca.

Persons not affiliated with Brock University who are working with faculty do not have borrowing privileges or access to the Library’s online resources. They may pay for Community Borrower privileges (see information below) to borrow materials, but access to online resources will be limited to “unrestricted” materials as dictated by licence agreements signed with database vendors. Alternatively, a temporary guest account may be obtained for use on specified library workstations as noted below.

Community users will receive a special borrower’s card and may borrow library materials upon payment of a yearly Special Borrower fee. Access to online resources is limited to “unrestricted” materials as dictated by licence agreements signed with database vendors. Community are welcome to access our online resources on-campus using a temporary guest account. To register for borrowing privileges, or request a temporary guest account, users should show photo ID to staff at the Ask Us Desk and complete a Special Borrower Agreement form.

Brock alumni are entitled to borrowing privileges free of charge. To register, alumni are asked to present their Alumni Card to staff at the Ask Us Desk and complete a Special Borrower Agreement form. Users who activate their campus ID will have limited off- campus access to all “unrestricted” online materials as dictated by licence agreements signed with database vendors. Full details on library access for alumni users can be found here.

Students, faculty, and staff from other Canadian Universities may borrow Library materials without charge, after showing a photo ID card from an accredited institution and registering at the Ask Us Desk. See the Canadian Universities Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement for more information. Access to online resources is limited to “unrestricted” materials as dictated by licence agreements signed with database vendors. Alternatively, users may request a temporary guest account to access a wider variety of resources.

Questions?

Contact us in-person at the Ask Us Desk, via telephone at 905-688-5550 x4583, or via email at libhelp@brocku.ca