Public Borrower Information

The University of Delaware Library consists of the:

Morris Library Main Library Newark
Chemistry Library Brown Lab Newark
Marine Studies Library Cannon Lab Lewes
Physics Library Sharp Lab Newark

Online access to the Library

DELCAT Discovery, the online catalog of materials in the University of Delaware Library and libraries worldwide, is available via the University of Delaware Library web at library.udel.edu. Off-campus access to databases, full-text articles, and ebooks is available only to University of Delaware students, faculty, and staff due to license restrictions.

Visiting the Library

Anyone may enter the University of Delaware Library and use books, periodicals, government documents, and electronic resources such as DELCAT Discovery within the Library. Visitors should report to the Welcome Desk, located just before the turnstiles, to show photo identification and sign in to access the Library. Visitors under 16 years of age need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian to enter the building. For their safety and well-being, children should be accompanied by an adult at all times. Library Public Borrowers can receive UD ONEcards to check out materials and enter through the turnstiles without needing to sign in at the Welcome Desk. Frequent visitors to the Library who are 18 years of age or older can also register for a free UD ONEcard for easier building access.

How can I borrow library books? What is a Public Borrower Card?

A Public Borrower Card makes it possible for individuals who are not currently students, faculty, or staff at the University of Delaware to borrow books. A Public Borrower is an individual with a Public Borrower Card.

Delaware or out-of-state residents who are 18 years of age or older may purchase a Public Borrower Card for their use. Each time a book is borrowed or renewed within the Library the individual borrowing the materials presents his or her Public Borrower Card as well as photo identification such as a driver’s license. A Public Borrower Card may not be loaned to another individual for borrowing.

How can I purchase a Public Borrower Card?

To purchase (or renew) a Public Borrower Card, stop at the Morris Library Circulation and Reserve Desk at any time the Library is open. (Call 302-831-BOOK (2665) for Library hours.) Photo identification and proof of residency such as a driver’s license is required to purchase a card.

The annual non-refundable fee for a Public Borrower Card covers 12 months of borrowing privileges beginning with the date the card is purchased:

Delaware residents $ 25 annual fee
Out-of-state residents $ 60 annual fee

Personal checks can be accepted for payment at any time. Cash purchases and credit card/debit card purchases of Public Borrower Cards are available only when the register at the Student Multimedia Design Center is open.

Students and faculty from Delaware State University and Delaware Technical and Community College have borrowing privileges at the University of Delaware Library at no cost, as part of a reciprocal agreement, and must present their institution’s ID card and proof of current registration to receive a borrower card at the Morris Library Circulation and Reserve Desk. Graduate Students from Chesapeake Information and Research Library Alliance (CIRLA) institutions can obtain borrowing privileges by presenting a completed CIRLA Direct Borrower form and their institution’s ID card.

What are the circulation policies?

A Public Borrower may borrow most library materials for 30 days. All items are subject to recall by other users. Public Borrowers are unable to use authenticated online forms such as “My Library Account” because they are not eligible to receive the UDelNet IDs these services require.

May I renew books? Is it possible to renew books by phone?

Items may be renewed as long as the Public Borrower Card is valid (unless another user has recalled the book.) Public Borrowers may call the Morris Library Circulation and Reserve Desk at (302) 831-2455 when the Library is open to have a library staff member renew their books. If you have any questions about the material currently checked out on your account and their due dates, please contact the Morris Library Circulation and Reserve Desk when the library is open.

What are my responsibilities?

  • A Public Borrower Card is not transferable and a Public Borrower must show some form of photo identification (such as a driver’s license) when using the Public Borrower Card.
  • All library users are subject to inspection of all materials, bags, briefcases, knapsacks, etc. upon exiting the Library.
  • A Public Borrower is responsible for keeping track of due dates and for returning or renewing library materials by the due date. A Public Borrower is responsible for all materials charged and is liable for charges for lost or damaged materials and invoice processing fees.

Are there any limitations?

  • A Public Borrower may have up to 10 items charged out at a time.
  • A Public Borrower does not have access to the multimedia computers or equipment for loan in the Student Multimedia Design Center. Other services in that department, such as copy services and access to the Microforms collection, are available for use by Public Borrowers.
  • A Public Borrower may use materials from the Film & Video Collection within the Morris Library. Priority use of Film & Video items will be given to University of Delaware students and staff. Only those with University ID cards, Delaware State University ID cards, Delaware Technical and Community College ID cards, or Public Borrower cards may use films and video game materials in the Library. These items do not circulate outside of the Library to Public Borrowers.
  • A Public Borrower is not eligible for interlibrary loan service (in which libraries borrow materials from other libraries for users.) Public Borrowers who need items not in the University of Delaware Library may consult with their local public library, the library at their place of employment, or their school or college library.
  • Public Borrowers are unable to use authenticated online forms such as “My Library Account” because they are not eligible to receive the UDelNet IDs these services require.