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Borrowing

Borrowing Privileges

Ambrose belongs to a local consortium of academic libraries (SAIL) that also includes the University of Calgary, St. Mary’s University, and Bow Valley College. The students, faculty, and staff of the participating institutions may borrow up to 50 items at a time on a two-week loan from any of the four member libraries.

Calgary-area residents who are not enrolled in or employed by members of the consortium are welcome to register for a Community Borrower's Card. The membership is free of charge, but there is a $5 fee to replace lost cards. Community Borrower Policy can be found here.
 

Patron Group

Number of Loans

Loan Period

Renewals

Offsite Access to Online Material

Ambrose Students

50

2 Weeks

2 Year Maximum

Yes

Ambrose Staff & Faculty

75

Term Loan

2 Year Maximum

Yes

Ambrose Alumni

15

2 Weeks

3 (8 Weeks Total)

Limited*

Ambrose Community

15

2 Weeks

3 (8 Weeks Total)

No

Ambrose Alumni have access to ATLAS through the Alumni Office. For login information, please visit the alumni webpage (look for ATLAS for Alumni information in right-hand menu).

Overdue Fines & Lost Books

  • All patrons are emailed a courtesy reminder two days before the books are due. However, it is always the patron's reponsibility to return the books on time, regardless of whether the courtesy reminder was received. If you are not receiving the reminder, please check your spam folder!
  • Overdue materials are charged $1 per item, per day overdue. All patrons (except Ambrose Staff and Faculty) are charged overdue fines for late returns, and payment can be made at the Circulation Desk during open hours by cash, debit, or credit card (Mastercard/Visa). 
  • Items that have been recalled and are overdue are subject to late fines of $5 per day overdue. 
  • If you have lost a book, please contact the library as soon as possible to arrange replacement. Patrons are responsible for replacement costs. 

Renewals

  • Overdue items or items on which a request has been placed may not be renewed.
  • To renew online, click on the link in the courtesy reminder or on "Sign In" in the top right-hand corner of the library’s catalogue search screen.
  • For Ambrose patrons, use your Ambrose credentials (including full Ambrose email address & password). Community patrons will log in by providing their email address (must match what we have on file) and will be sent a link that will allow them access for one hour. 

Course Reserves

  • Textbooks for classes currently offered are kept at the Circulation Desk and are lent for either two hours or two days. 
  • Two-hour loans may be checked out overnight and must be returned before the library opens the following morning.
  • Fines of $1 per hour are charged on overdue reserve materials. 

Research Assistance

Research assistance is available in person during library open hours, or by contacting us at (403) 410-2649, library@ambrose.edu or through online chat during regular business hours.