Library FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. I’ve checked out some books. How long can I keep them?
    Books from the circulating collections are loaned for 2 weeks at a time. Course reserves are lent for either two days or two hours. For further information see “Circulation” on the Library home page.
  2. How do I renew the books I have checked out?
    Books can be renewed by clicking on My Account on the library’s catalogue search screen. Items that have had holds placed on them may not be renewed, nor can your materials be renewed if you owe $10 or more in fines. Ambrose patrons will use their Ambrose credentials to log in (including full Ambrose email), and Community patrons will use their email address (must match what we have on file). If you have difficulty using the online system you may call the Circulation Desk (410.2946) for help. You do not need to have the books with you to renew them.
  3. How much are the overdue fines?
    For regular items (anything with a two–week loan period), overdue fines are $1.00 per item for each day that extends past the initial loan period. (Reserve items also have overdue fines charged at the rate of $1.00 each hour for each item that has exceeded the initial loan period.)
  4. How do I place a hold on an item I need?
    Ambrose patrons can place holds on items by clicking the "Place Hold" button on the catalogue search. You will need to enter your student ID/library card number and pin (the last 4 digits of your phone number). For further information or for help, contact the library circulation manager.
  5. May I take journals or magazines out of the library?
    No, but ifyou have printing funds on your proximity/ID card, you may copy articles on the library’s photocopier, and for $.15/page (cash) you can print on the reader-printer.
  6. May I check out CD’s, DVD’s, and videos?
    They can be checked out for 2 weeks, but by Ambrose patrons only.
  7. I’m a student at Ambrose. How do I get a computer account?
    All students are assigned a computer account and can activate it by stopping by the IT Department, which is located on the 2nd floor.
  8. Can I print my assignments and notes in the library?
    Yes, as long as you have sufficient funds in your printing account. All student computers in the library are networked to a printer located beside the workstations. 
  9. Is there a photocopier I can use?
    Yes. The photocopier and the printer are the same piece of equipment and copying is paid for with your printing account. You may load printing money on to your account at the Finance Office, 9:00-3:00 Monday-Friday. The cost is 10¢ per page for black and white copies, and if you need colour printing done, go to the Circulation Desk where colour printing can be done for 50¢ per page (cash only). 
  10. Is the library open on Sunday?
    No. Please check here for complete listing of the library’s hours of operation.
  11. I live in the Calgary area but I’m not a student. May I use this library?
    Yes, free of charge. Outside patrons are welcome. If you wish to borrow books, simply present your picture ID at the Circulation Desk to be registered in our patron database. You can check out up to 15 books for 2 weeks with 3 online renewals. You may not check out audio-visual materials, or place holds.
  12. I’m not a current student. May I use the Internet in this library?
    Wireless Internet access is currently available in the library for visitors. One of the Wifi options is specifically for guests, and there is no log in necessary to connect. 
  13. I want to visit this library. May I use the Ambrose parking lot?
    Check out Visitor Information for parking methods and rates.
  14. Where can I return books after hours? 
    There is a white, after hours book return just outside the library doors in the breezeway.

Library Information

New Catalogue Search!

We have successfully completed our migration to a new Library System!
Some functions of the catalogue (as well as login and accounts) will look a little different, so please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

New Account Logins

To access your account, click on the "My Library Account" button. This will direct you to the new catalog search, where you can access your account by clicking "My Account", then "Log In" in the top right corner. 

For Ambrose Students, Faculty and Staff - use your Ambrose credentials (full email and password) to log in to your account. 

For Community Members, you'll be asked to provide your email address. You will then recieve a link via email, which will allow you access to your account for one hour. 

Do not attempt to access your old system account (through old links or bookmarks) - logging in will not work and that information is no longer supported or connected to our new system! 

Library Hours of Operation

Spring & Summer Hours:

Monday:  8:30am - 4:30pm
Tuesday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Wednesday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Thursday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Friday:  8:30am - 4:30pm

*Library closed Weekends & Stat Holidays



Phone: 403-410-2946
Fax: 403-571-2556