Community Borrowers

community borrowers in the library stacks

Community borrowers are residents of the greater Hamilton area who are not affiliated with Mohawk College or another institution as a student, alumnus or staff member. You can apply for a Community Borrower card at the customer service desk at any library location. Photo ID confirming your home address must be shown. There is a $30 annual fee for the card which is valid for one year from the issue date.



Community borrowers can use all library items except those in the reserve collection. They may borrow items from the circulating collection with the exception of videos, materials with short-term loan periods, magazines and reference items. The maximum number of items on loan at any one time is six.

Other Services

  • Reference service
  • Access to the My Account feature of the library catalogue
  • Placing items on hold
  • Use of library computers during non-peak times (one hour limit per day evenings & weekends)
  • On-site access to the library's licensed databases

Services not Available

  • Off-site access to the library's licensed databases
  • Interlibrary Loans
  • Group Space Bookings