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 the link on the pre-due email notification or by clicking on My Account (on the horizontal gold line) 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. Your ID number is the number on your student/library card, and your PIN is the last 4 digits of your phone number. 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 supervisor, Diane Ayer.
  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. If all computers in the library are in use, you may print your assignments on the computers located in the Watkins Computer Commons.
  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. The cost is 10¢ per page for black and white copies, and 50¢ for colour copies, and you put money onto your account at the Finance Office, 9:00-3:00 Monday-Friday.
  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 10 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. Please see an IT staff member first to set up access. (2nd floor, Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)
  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

Library Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday: 8:00am - 9:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am - 5:00pm

Regular Term Hours beginning Feb. 26: 

Monday - Thursday: 8:00am - 10:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 8:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am - 5:00pm

*Library closed Sundays & Stat Holidays


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