Other Borrowers

Kansas University Alumni Association Members

Documentation is required to apply for a KU Library Borrower Card:

  • A valid photo ID card, preferably a state issued driver’s license or photo ID.
  • A document that provides proof of Kansas Residency, preferably the Kansas Driver’s License or State of Kansas issued photo ID card, or proof of membership in the KU Alumni Association.
  • Completion of the KU Library Borrower Card Application Form.
  • Payment of $20.00/year (replacement cards cost $20.00).
  • Renewal of the card for another year requires repeating the authentication process.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Members

On-Site Access

With the KU Online ID and Password, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute members have access to library workstations and many of the library databases and e-journals (some restrictions may apply) for the duration of the Osher membership.  The KU Online ID and Password do not include off-campus access to library databases and e-journals for Osher members.

Borrowing Privileges

For borrowing privileges, the Osher member may apply for a KU Library Borrower Card and qualify as a Resident Borrower.

To apply for a KU Library Borrower Card, be prepared to present proof of Kansas residency and a current photo ID.  Prospective borrowers without proof of Kansas residency will need to provide proof of the currency and duration of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute membership.

Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program (OCLC)

University of Kansas Faculty Visiting Other OCLC Program Institutions

Review the Membership Roster of the OCLC Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program to determine if the university you are interested in visiting is listed.

Contact the Circulation Business Office in person at the Watson Library Service Desk (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday), by phone at 785.864.4715, or via email to libfines@ku.edu to request the OCLC Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program card.

Be aware that access and privileges may vary from institution to institution.

The lending library determines whether the card will be accepted for on-site use and/or borrowing.

Faculty from Other OCLC Program Institutions Visiting the University of Kansas Libraries

This information is for faculty who will be visiting the University of Kansas Libraries.  Faculty who want to conduct research at Spencer Research Library should review their Registration Procedures and Use of Library Materials for information about that library. 

Faculty who want to check out circulating library materials will be asked to purchase a KU Library Borrower Card.  The following documentation is required to apply for a KU Library Borrower Card:

  • A valid photo ID card, preferably a state issued driver’s license or photo ID.
  • A current OCLC Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program card from a participating institution.
  • Completion of the KU Library Borrower Card Application Form.
  • Payment of $20.00/year (replacement cards cost $20.00).
  • Renewal of the card for another year requires repeating the authentication process.

Students, Faculty, and Staff of the Kansas Board of Regents Institutions

The following documentation is required to apply for a KU Library Borrower Card:

  • A valid photo ID card, preferably a state issued driver’s license or photo ID.
  • A document that provides proof of current enrollment or employment at a Kansas Board of Regents institution.
  • Completion of the KU Library Borrower Card Application Form.
  • Payment of $20.00/year (replacement cards cost $20.00).
  • Note:  With proof of faculty status at a CODDL institution (Emporia State University, Fort Hays State University, Kansas State University, Pittsburg State University, Wichita State University, and Washburn University), the $20.00 fee is waived for new cards and annual renewals.  Replacement cards cost $20.00.
  • Renewal of the card for another year requires repeating the authentication process.

Students, Faculty, and Staff of the Other Kansas Institutions of Higher Learning (non-Kansas Board of Regents)

The following documentation is required to apply for a KU Library Borrower Card:

  • A valid photo ID card, preferably a state issued driver’s license or photo ID.
  • A document that provides proof of current enrollment or employment at a Kansas institution of higher learning.
  • Completion of the KU Library Borrower Card Application Form.
  • Payment of $20.00/year (replacement cards cost $20.00).
  • Renewal of the card for another year requires repeating the authentication process.

Surviving Spouses of Emeritus or Retired KU Faculty

The following documentation is required to apply for a KU Library Borrower Card:

  • A currently valid photo ID card, preferably a state issued driver’s license or photo ID.
  • Completion of the KU Library Borrower Card Application Form.
  • Upon confirmation of status as a surviving spouse of an Emeritus or Retired KU Faculty member, the card will be issued without charge.  Note that library staff can most easily accomplish confirmation of your status between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.  At other times, there may be delays.
  • Renewal of the card for another year requires completing the KU Library Borrower Card Application Form in order to confirm the postal and/or email addresses.

UMKC Courtesy Card Program Participants

The following documentation is required to apply for a KU Library Borrower Card:

  • A currently valid photo ID card, preferably a state issued driver’s license or photo ID.  A currently valid passport is also accepted.
  • A currently valid UMKC Courtesy Card.
  • Completion of the KU Library Borrower Card Application Form.
  • Payment of $20.00/year or $7.00/semester.  The amount charged will be determined by the expiration date on the Courtesy Card.  Replacement cards cost $20.00.
  • Renewal of the card for another time period requires repeating the authentication process.

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