Anyone with a valid Brock Card, Alumni Card, Special Borrowers’ Card, or valid ID Card from a Canadian university is welcome to borrow our materials.

Present your books and ID Card to staff at the Ask Us Desk

Borrowing Information

Type of MaterialLoan Period
BooksFaculty, staff, students: 120 days.
Popular Reading and Wellness Books4 weeks
Reserve items3, 24, or 48 hours
Equipment4, 24, or 72 hours
Board games3 days
Map, Data & GIS Library materials3 days or 1 week or in Library Use only
CDs, DVDs or VHS tapes2 weeks
Archives & Special CollectionsLibrary Use only
Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University items2 weeks
Instructional Resource Centre (IRC)see IRC homepage
Patron TypeLoan Period# of renewalsMaximum # of items checked out
Undergraduate students120 daysunlimited500
Faculty, Staff, Graduate students120 daysunlimited500
Brock Retirees120 daysunlimited500
Alumni and Special Borrowers2 weeks420

Frequently Asked Questions

When you find a book in Omni, sign in under ‘Get It’ to check if there are any request options. Click on ‘Request’ to place a hold.

Learn more.

  • Review the items and due dates for items you have checked out.
  • Renew eligible checked out items.
  • Log into your library account prior to searching Omni to request books and request scans of book chapters/journal articles.
  • Save your search queries for future use and receive email notifications when additional new items are received pertaining to your search strategy.
  • Renew by signing in to Omni with your campus id and password.
  • Open the ‘My Loans’ menu item.
  • Select specific items for renewal or renew all.
  • Contact if you require assistance.
  • Please note: some items may not be renewable if you have outstanding fines over $20.00.

View our ‘How to Renew’ graphic.

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.

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

Alumni are entitled to library borrowing privileges at no charge.  Please present your alumni card to staff at the Ask Us desk to register. For information on obtaining an alumni card, please contact Office of Alumni Relations. Additional library services are available to Alumni.

Full details outlining library access for Brock Retirees can be found under Alumni and Community.

Undergraduate and graduate 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.

For graduate students, arrangements also exist for borrowing from out-of-province universities (Atlantic, Quebec, Prairie and Pacific). See Canadian Universities Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement for more information.

Overdue Fines

Avoid incurring fines by signing-in to Omni to view the list of items you have borrowed and their due dates. There are no overdue fines for stack (non-Reserve) books or books from the Popular Reading or Wellness Collections.

Overdue maps, CDs, DVDs, Interlibrary Loan materials$ .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 after 15 days.
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 administration charge.
Lost / damaged /maps/CD/DVDCost of item plus a $15.00 non-refundable processing fee
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 miscellaneous cables $25.00 per item
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
Lost equipment storage bag$5.00
IRCsee IRC Homepage

Borrowing privileges for Brock University students, faculty and staff are suspended when fines are $20.00 or more or, when one (1) recalled item is overdue. Privileges will be reinstated for all users when overdue and recalled materials are returned and outstanding fines are paid. Sign-in to Omni to view currently checked out items and fines owing.

Borrowing privileges for Brock University undergraduate and graduate students are suspended when fines are $20.00 or more. On a 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 outstanding fines are paid.

Pay your library fines:

  • in person by cash, cheque, debit or credit card at the Ask Us Desk in the James A. Gibson Library or,
  • by sending a cheque payable to Brock University to the address below.  Please be sure to mark your student ID# clearly on the cheque.

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

Please Note: The Library cannot accept payment for fines transferred to Student Accounts & Financial Aid.

If you want to appeal a library fine, please complete this form. The request will be reviewed, and an email response will be sent within five (5) working days.

  • Under the James A. Gibson Library loan policies, borrowers may appeal fines and charges.
    Please note that the following are NOT acceptable reasons for appealing library fines.
    • Failing to receive reminder notices, either electronically or by mail
    • Failing to note due dates
    • Failing to renew on time
    • Due dates which fall while the user is on vacation, or out of the local area
    • Lack of knowledge of library policies.

    To appeal on other grounds, please provide specific details which will substantiate your case. When providing justification for an appeal, it is important to provide detailed information, i.e. book title(s), dates and reasons. Without this detail, it could be difficult to adjudicate your appeal.

    You will normally receive a response within five (5) working days.

    Information gathered is in accordance with the James A. Gibson Library's Privacy and Protection of Information Policy.

  • Name * Required
  • Please provide details outlining your reason for appealing library fees.
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