UVM Library Cards
Your UVM ID card is your library card. It is non-transferable and must be used in person. Any university or special library card that does not have a picture must be presented with a second official ID (e.g. driver's license).
Other Types of Library Cards
The UVM Libraries offer other types of borrowing cards for Alumni, Guest Borrowers, Guest Faculty, and K-12 Educators. See below for more details.
Holders of other types of library borrower cards may:
- Use any library on campus subject to the policies governing that library.
- Check out a maximum of 10 books from the circulating collections of UVM Libraries at any one time.
- Use non-circulating materials (reference, periodicals, microforms, and resources in Special Collections) in the library.
- Use other library services, such as reference assistance, photocopy machines and printers, as well as reference assistance in Government Documents and Special Collections.
- Use library resources that are marked for public use.
Other library borrower cards:
- Are non-transferable and may be used only in person. For your protection, we require a second form of identification (e.g. driver's license) with your borrower's card to charge out books.
- Do not provide access to research databases such as Lexis/Nexis. However, you do have access to an array of in-house and web-based databases marked for public use through the UVM Libraries Home Page. Check with a reference librarian to find those resources most pertinent to your needs.
- Do not include use of UVM's Interlibrary Loan Office. If you need to obtain materials NOT available at UVM, contact your local public or school library for interlibrary loans through the Vermont Department of Libraries.
- Do not provide access to any University computer labs.
Any library material checked out may be recalled for use by a UVM student, faculty, or staff member. Materials requested for course reserve are subject to immediate recall. If you to not return a recalled item by the date indicated on the recall notice, you will be charged a recall overdue fee, and you will lose borrowing privileges until the book is returned to the library.
Borrowing privileges for holders of other library borrower cards may be revoked after you have been billed for two overdue and/or lost items.
Alumni Borrower Card
Alumni Borrower Cards are available to all graduates of the University of Vermont. Cards may be obtained at the CATcard Service Center located on the first floor of the Billings Library. There is a $5.00 processing charge for the card, charged by the CATcard Service Center. Materials from Media Resources do not circulate to Alumni borrowers. Alumni borrowers may not access subscription library databases from outside the library, but you may make use of these resources in the library.
Guest Borrower Card
Guest Borrower Cards are available to any resident of Vermont, 18 years of age or older, not enrolled as a student in another educational institution. Media Resources materials do not circulate to Guest Borrowers.
Guest Faculty Borrower Card
Any faculty member from another college or university who will be in the area for extended stay, whether it be a year, a semester, or a summer, may obtain a Guest Faculty Borrower card. Present a current university ID and either a letter from the home institution or an OCLC Reciprocal Faculty Borrowers Card from a participating institution to Howe Circulation. Phone (802-656-2023) or email firstname.lastname@example.org for an application. Media Resources materials do not circulate to Guest Faculty.
K-12 Educator Borrower Card
Any educator at a Vermont K-12 institution may get a K-12 Educator Borrower Card. The faculty member's supervisory district or private school's administrative office must have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with us before the faculty member can obtain a borrower card.
Apply for a K-12 Educator Borrower card by completing an authorization form available through your supervisory district or your school's administrative office. The form has the information we require for completing your request for a card, and should include the signature of your school district or administrative official. Send or hand-deliver a copy of the form to The Circulation Supervisor, Howe Memorial Library, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 05405.
PLEASE NOTE: We need one week to process the request from the date of receiving the form. K-12 Educator borrowing cards need to be renewed each year by presenting a letter from the administrator of the participating institution or another copy of the aforementioned form. The borrower's card will be valid from September 1 to August 31 each academic year. Once the card has been processed, the user may check out library materials.
Items you borrow from the UVM Libraries are for your own professional use, and should not be lent to students or colleagues, or placed on course reserve at your school library. Media Resources materials do not circulate to K-12 Educators.
Reciprocal Borrowing with Area Colleges
Current affiliates at Champlain College and St. Michael's College who bring a valid ID from their respective institutions are eligible for guest borrowing privileges at the UVM libraries. Please visit the Howe Circulation Desk to activate your account.
Fees for Other Types of Library Cards
|Type of Borrower Card||Annual Fee|
|Alumni (one time fee of $5.00)||no fee|
|Guest Faculty||no fee|
|K-12 Educator||no fee|