I’m not affiliated with UD, but I’d like to use the Library. Is this possible?


The University of Delaware Library is open to the public.  Anyone may enter the Library and use books, periodicals, government documents, and electronic resources, such as databases, journals, and 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.

 Examples of acceptable photo identification include:

  • School-issued identification cards
  • State-issued identification cards
  • Government-issued identification cards

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.  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.

If you would like to check books out of the Library, you would then need to purchase a Public Borrower Card. Public Borrower Cards enable members of the community to check out up to 10 books at a time at the University of Delaware Library. The annual fee is $60 and is discounted to $25 for Delaware residents. Borrowers will be asked to show their driver’s license when purchasing the card and each time when using the card. Cards are issued to individuals only and are non-transferable. Public Borrower cardholders do not have access to any databases or electronic journals from off-campus due to license restrictions. Complete information about Public Borrower Cards is available at


If there are specific book titles that you are interested in, you can also request them through the Interlibrary Loan service at your local public library.

Answered by: Derek Dolby
Last Updated: May 14, 2018 Views: 1161


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