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.

There are two ways to borrow:

  1. Present your books and ID Card to staff at the Ask Us Desk.
  2. Use the Self-Checkout station located next to the Ask Us Desk. Staff will be happy to assist you.

Borrowing Information

Type of MaterialLoan Period
BooksUndergraduates: 4 weeks, subject to recall if needed by another user
Faculty, staff, graduate students: 120 days, subject to recall if needed by another user
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 students4 weeks (subject to early recall)4100
Faculty, Staff, Graduate students120 days (subject to early recall)unlimited100
Brock Retirees120 days (subject to early recall)unlimited100
Alumni and Community Borrowers2 weeks420

Overdue Fines

Avoid incurring fines by using My Library Account to view the list of items you have borrowed and their due dates.

Overdue books, maps, CDs, DVDs, Interlibrary Loan materials$ .50 per day per item
Overdue Reserves / equipment$1.50 per hour per item
Overdue Recalled material$2.00 per day per item
Overdue board gamesno overdue fines, but will be billed for replacement after 21 days
Lost / damaged book/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 are suspended when fines are $10.00 or more. A block is placed on the student self-serve account which could impact registration for courses, transcript requests, and receipt of a diploma. 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. Use My Library Account to view currently checked out items and fines owing.

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

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 ten (10) 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 10 (ten) 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.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Frequently Asked Questions

When you find a book in SuperSearch, click on ‘Request This’ at the bottom of the book record. Fill in your Brock username and password and place your request.

Learn more.

Your “Library Account” offers convenient access to the following online services 24 hours a day, using your campus username and password.

  • Review the items and due dates for items you have checked out.
  • Renew eligible checked out items.
  • Review full details on outstanding library fines.
  • Log into your library account prior to searching the online catalogue to place a hold for a title checked out by someone else without having to repeat your login verification for each requested item.
  • Save your searches for future use and receive email notifications when additional new items are received pertaining to your search strategy.
  • Sign up to retain a list of all items checked out by you, even after they have been returned.
  • Online renewal is easy and convenient by logging into your Library Account.
  • Click on the “items currently checked out” link.
  • Select each item individually and click on the “renew selected” button.
  • When you see the message “The following item(s) will be renewed, would you like to proceed?, click the “YES” button above or below the item title, due date line.
  • If the renewal is successful, the system will show “renewed” and the new due date.  If the due date does not change, then the renewal was not successful. Contact if you run into any difficulties. Note that some items may not be renewable due to another user request, if you have outstanding fines over $10.00, or if you have reached the maximum number of renewals limit.


Please return all Library materials to the Ask Us Desk when the Library is open. An after-hours book return slot is located at the east entrance to the Library.

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.


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