Any library user holding a valid Brock University photo ID card, alumni card, Special Borrowers’ card, or a valid card from a Canadian University Library may borrow material. Users from Canadian universities will also be required to confirm their active status by logging into their home institution’s portal or email system.

Only the person to whom it is issued may use a borrower’s card. Library users are responsible for any material signed out in their names and will be charged overdue fines and replacement and processing costs for lost or damaged items.
Lack of knowledge of loan policies, failure to note due dates, failure to renew on time, or failure to receive Reminder or Overdue Notices are not acceptable reasons for waiving library charges.

Additionally, the Library is not responsible for any damage to a user’s computer, VCR, or DVD equipment that might be caused by items borrowed from the Library.

Full details regarding Library Online Access and Borrowing Privileges by user type are available.

Loan Periods

Books and Government DocumentsFaculty, staff & students: 120 days, subject to recall if needed by another user. Alumni, Community and special borrowers: 2 weeks
Popular Reading and Wellness Books4 weeks
Reserve Materials3 hours or 24 hours or 48 hours. Items with a 3 hour loan period which are signed out within 3 hours of closing time each day will be due back 1 hour after the library opens the next day.
Various Equipment such as cables, computer mice, calculators.4 hours
Board Games & Playing Cards3 days
Map, Data & GIS Library

Thematic maps and aerial photographs
Topographic and historical maps and atlases
3 days
In-library use only
1 week
CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes 2 weeks
Archives & Special CollectionsLibrary use only
Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University items2 weeks
Instructional Resource Centre (IRC)see IRC homepage

Extended Loans

While stack books and circulating government documents are loaned for 120 days, they are subject to early recall and the borrower will be notified of the new due date by email.

Borrowing Limits

Patron TypeLoan Period# of RenewalsMaximum # of items checked out
Undergraduate120 days (subject to early recall)unlimited500
Graduate120 days (subject to early recall)unlimited500
Faculty, Staff, & Retirees120 days (subject to early recall)unlimited500
Alumni2 weeks420
Special Borrowers2 weeks420

Only 4 reserve items may be signed out at once to eligible users (faculty, staff and currently enrolled students.)

Faculty, staff and Brock University students have unlimited renewals. Renewals are available to all borrowers provided the item has not been requested by another user.

Users are entitled to ten (10) outstanding holds at any one time.

When asking to renew high demand reserve materials, users may be asked to wait up to 15 minutes in order to allow other users access to these materials.

Book Retrieval, Holds, Recalls

Place a request on print materials with an “Available” status to have books retrieved from the shelves for you.

When you find a book in Omni, sign-in to request it.

Items which are currently checked out will be recalled and made available to be picked up from the Ask Us Desk when returned.

Users are limited to ten (10) outstanding holds at any one time. Learn more.


Brock borrowers can renew material online by signing-in to Omni, or in-person by bringing items to the Ask Us Desk. Borrowers whose privileges have been suspended may not renew material. Three-hour reserve material, and material requested by another borrower, cannot be renewed. Faculty, staff and students have unlimited renewals, subject to recall by another user.


Overdue maps, CDs, DVDs, Interlibrary Loan materials$0.50 per day per item
Overdue Reserves/equipment$1.50 per hour per item
3 hour loan items will be billed for replacement after 48 hours. 24 hour loan items will be billed for replacement after 5 days. 48 hour items will be billed for replacement after 7 days. 7 day loan items will be billed for replacement after 15 days.
Overdue recalled material$4.00 per day per item
Overdue recalled ILL / RACER material$25.00 up to 15 days overdue
Overdue board gamesno overdue fines, but will be billed for replacement after 21 days
Lost book$125 default replacement charge plus a $25 non-refundable administrative charge
Lost / damaged maps/CDs/DVDsCost of item plus a $15.00 non-refundable processing fee
Lost equipment storage bag$5.00 per item
Lost whiteboard cleaning kit$6.00 replacement charge
Lost whiteboard cleaning cloth$2.00 replacement charge
Lost whiteboard spray bottle$2.00 replacement charge
Lost locker key$25.00 replacement charge
Lost / damaged board game$20.00 (Lost playing cards) - $2.00
Lost / damaged miscellaneous cables $25.00 per item
Lost / damaged calculator$25.00
Lost / damaged video camera $550.00
Lost ILL / RACER book / itemFlat rate replacement cost of $75.00, plus a $50.00 non-refundable processing fee
IRC see IRC homepage

Avoid incurring fines by signing-in to Omni to view the list of items you have borrowed and their due dates.

Suspension of borrowing privileges: Faculty & Staff

Faculty and staff borrowing privileges are suspended for fines of $20.00 or more. Privileges will be reinstated for all users when overdue and recalled materials are returned and outstanding fines are paid.

Suspension of borrowing privileges/transfer of fines to student accounts & financial aid

Borrowing privileges for Brock University undergraduate and graduate students are suspended when fines are $20.00 or more or, when one (1) recalled item is overdue. On monthly basis, these fines will be automatically transferred to the student’s financial account. The Library will notify the student before this  transfer is made.

Log in to your Library Account to view details about fines on your record.

Fines can then be paid using a variety of methods. More information:

Privileges will be reinstated for all users when overdue and recalled materials are returned and outstanding fines are paid.

Lost or Damaged Library Material

If a library item is lost, missing, stolen or damaged, the user will receive an “Invoice for Lost Library Material” and will be assessed a $125 default replacement charge plus a $25 non-refundable administrative charge. The lending Library will determine whether a damaged item is beyond repair.

Appeal of Library Fines

Users who wish to appeal a library fine may do so by completing an online appeal form. The request will be reviewed and an email response will be sent within five (5) working days.

Correspondence Policy

All University Library correspondence for students, faculty and staff is sent to a Brock University e-mail address. See ITS Help Desk for information on your e-mail account and on forwarding mail to another address.

All borrowers are responsible for responding promptly to e-mail or print communications from the Library. Printed notices will be sent when Bills for Replacement are required and for library users who do not have an email account.

Borrowing From Other Universities

Undergraduate students may borrow books in person from other Ontario university libraries (Direct Borrowing), with the exception of the University of Toronto. A valid Brock University Identification Card is required, and users may be required to show additional picture identification. Books may be returned to the lending library or to the Ask Us Desk at the James A. Gibson Library.

Graduate students, faculty and staff may borrow books directly from all Ontario university libraries. Arrangements also exist for borrowing from out-of-province universities (Atlantic, Quebec, Prairie and Pacific). See Canadian Universities Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement for more information.

Reciprocal Borrowing Policies for Niagara College and Brock University

Brock University and Niagara College have a reciprocal borrowing agreement for faculty, staff and students.

Niagara College faculty, staff and students may borrow books from the James A. Gibson, IRC and Hamilton campus Libraries at no charge.  In order to register for borrowing privileges, Niagara College users must:

  • apply in-person and complete a Special Borrowers’ form.
  • show a valid Niagara college picture ID card and one other supporting piece of identification.
  • log in to their college portal/email account to verify current status.
  • re-register in-person on a yearly basis so that contact information is kept current.

Brock faculty/staff/students are entitled to borrowing privileges at Niagara College under the following conditions:

  • users must register in-person and present a Brock student or staff card along with an additional piece of  photo ID.
  • users must re-register on a yearly basis in order to make sure contact information is current.
Patron registrationRegister in-person and present staff/student card with photo ID
Material available for loanBooks<br/>Exclusions: DVDs/videos; periodicals; reserves; reference materials; remote access to e-resources
Loan period2 weeks
Maximum # of items checked out at one time5 items
Maximum # of renewals1 per item
Fines25 cents per item per day
ReturnsBorrower responsible for returning materials to Niagara College
Expiry dateStudents – August 31<br /> Faculty & staff – One year from date of registration

For further information, please contact the Circulation Department at Niagara College libraries at the Welland or Niagara-on-the-Lake campuses.

Niagara Regional Campus of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University

McMaster University’s Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine has a regional campus at Brock University, which is located in the Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex.

McMaster students enrolled in the program are entitled to the same borrowing privileges as Brock undergraduate students.

The James A. Gibson Library houses a collection of books located on the 5th floor to support this program.  These materials circulate for a two-week loan period, are available to all Brock Library users, and may be renewed online.

Interlibrary Loan Racer requests should be placed through the BROCK ILL/RACER system.

Interlibrary Loan/RACER

Material not available at Brock may be borrowed through the Interlibrary Loan/RACER Service.

Brock Alumni

Brock University Alumni are eligible for borrowing privileges at the James A. Gibson Library at no charge. Open stack material may be borrowed for 2 weeks and may be renewed for four consecutive 2-week periods, provided the item has not been requested by another user. A limit of 20 items outstanding in a patron’s record is in effect. Reserve material cannot be borrowed.

Community Borrowing

Brock AlumniNo charge
Community $40.00 per year
Seniors (65+)$20.00 per year
For-Profit Institutional$300.00 per year (up to 5 borrowers)
Non-Profit Institutional$100.00 per year (up to 5 borrowers)
Replacement for Lost Card/Barcode$5.00
Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery (Original works only)$50.00 per year (plus charges assessed by lending library)
Map Library Temporary User Account $10.00 per session

For More Information see Alumni & Community


Please return your books via the drop slot in the Schmon Tower lobby/Rankin Family Pavilion just outside the east entrance to the library.

Be sure to review important details about planning your visit to campus amid COVID-19 restrictions.


  • Books are quarantined for 24 hours.
  • Items may still show on your library account for up to 3 days.

Other return options for students no longer in the Niagara area:

  1. Drop off your Brock books to your closest university library when they re-open. They will be returned to Brock on your behalf.
  2. Ship your returns to us by mail at:

James A. Gibson Library
Brock University
1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way,
St. Catharines, ON
L2S 3A1

For information on policies of the IRC, please refer to the IRC homepage.


Contact us in-person at the Ask Us Desk, via telephone at 905-688-5550 x4583, or via email at