KU Library Borrower Card
(for Other Library Users)
The KU Library Borrower Card is sold to qualified individuals based on a determination of their eligibility as a Kansas resident, as student, faculty, or staff at a Kansas institution of higher learning, or as a participant in a program that includes library privileges.
The last 8 digits of the 16-digit number on the front of the KU Library Borrower Card are used as your library barcode number. The number starts with 6017 4303. Your barcode is the last 8 digits of the number. Enter the 8 digits with any leading zeros, but without dashes or spaces. For example, with a number of 6017 4303 0000 1234, you would use 00001234 as your library barcode, also called the patron barcode.
Application Process for KU Library Borrower Card
KU Library Borrower Cards may be purchased by qualified individuals who are not affiliated with the University of Kansas.
Charges include applicable sales tax and are payable before card is issued.
New card: $20.00
Replacement card: $20.00
Annual Renewal: $20.00
Purchase of a KU Library Borrower Card requires you to:
- Present a currently valid photo ID card, preferably a state issued driver’s license or photo identification card. A current Kansas driver’s license or Kansas photo identification card may be used as the photo ID and as proof of Kansas residency.
- Present a document that provides proof of current 1) Kansas residency, 2) enrollment or employment at a Kansas institution of higher learning, 3) membership in the KU Alumni Association, or 4) UMKC Courtesy Card.
- Complete the KU Library Borrower Card Application Form and have your photo taken.
- Pay $20.00/year in most cases. See links at left to specific KU-affiliated borrower types for identification and eligibility requirements to purchase KU Library Borrower Card and additional information.
Prices for KU Library Borrower Cards
Kansas Residents and KU Alumni Association Members
- $20.00 per year
Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) Reciprocal Circulation
- $10.00 per year
UMKC Courtesy Card (cost determined by expiration date on Courtesy Card)
- $7.00 per semester (students) or $20.00 per year (faculty and staff)
Kansas School Groups (applications and payment submitted in advance of campus visit)
- $4.00 each; non-renewable
KU Summer Camps
- $6.00 each; non-renewable
Residents of Missouri, Oklahoma, Colorado, Nebraska
- $40.00 per year
The fee applies to all new cards, replacement cards, and annual renewals. Charges include the applicable sales tax and are payable before the card is issued or renewed.
Surviving spouses of emeritus or retired KU faculty and faculty from Emporia State University, Fort Hays State University, Kansas State University, Pittsburg State University, Washburn University, and Wichita State University (CODDL institutions) are not required to pay at the time of purchase or renewals. Replacement cards cost $20.00. All other paper work must be completed. Individuals in these categories should identify themselves, and library staff will work with you to confirm your status.
See Other Borrowers for other relevant information.
Where and When to Purchase KU Library Borrower Cards
Apply for a KU Library Borrower Card at the Watson Library Service Desk on the Lawrence Campus or at the Regents Center Library on the Edwards Campus. At the Watson Library Service Desk, you may apply for the card until one hour before closing. Review Library Hours to determine when Watson Library is open or call the Library Hours Phone Line at 785.864.8900.
KU Library Borrower Cards may also be purchased at the Regents Center Library – Edwards Campus during normal hours of operation except 5:00—7:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. See Library Hours to learn the hours of operation at the Regents Center Library. The Edwards Campus is located at 12600 Quivira Road, Overland Park, KS 66213.
Annual Renewal of KU Library Borrower Card
KU Library Borrower Cards will automatically expire one year from the date of purchase or renewal and will need to be renewed by the anniversary date to retain ongoing library privileges. KU Library Borrower Cards issued for less than a year will expire on the date determined by the program sponsoring the borrowers to whom the cards were issued.
The renewal process requires re-authentication as a valid borrower, completion of a renewal application form, and payment of $20.00 for another year by most borrowers. See Purchase Prices for KU Library Borrower Cards, above, for a complete price list. Renewals may be completed at the Watson Library Service Desk on the Lawrence Campus or at the Regents Center Library on the Edwards Campus.
Where is the KU Library Borrower Card Accepted?
The KU Library Borrower Card will be honored at the following library locations:
- Anschutz Library including the T.R. Smith Map Collections
- Gorton Music and Dance Library
- Murphy Art and Architecture Library
- Regents Center Library – Edwards Campus
- Spahr Engineering Library
- Watson Library
- Wheat Law Library
The KU Library Borrower Card is also accepted at the Ermal Garinger Academic Resource Center (EGARC) in 4070 Wescoe. However, the Access and Circulation Policies and Procedures of the University of Kansas Libraries do not apply at EGARC.
The KU Library Borrower Card is not accepted at Spencer Research Library or at the KU Medical Center libraries; both locations have a registration process for non-KU borrowers.
The non-renewable KU Library Borrower Permit for School Group Students is not accepted at the Wheat Law Library or at the Ermal Garinger Academic Resource Center.
Visitor Access Program for Printing and Copying in the KU Libraries
In order to enhance your ability to acquire quality printing and copying in the KU Libraries, we are now selling Visitor Printing/Copying Access that will allow you to use the new Konica Minolta multi-functional devices (called MFDs) for these services.
With the transition to use of the new equipment for public copying and printing, several changes have occurred:
- The use of the Beak 'Em Bucks account associated with the KU Library Borrower Card sold to non-KU library users is no longer possible.
- Printing from the Community Access Workstations is no longer free.
- Visitors to the library, with or without a KU Library Borrower Card, will need to purchase Visitor Printing/Copying Access in order to print or copy.
- Purchase of a KU Library Borrower Card will not be required in order to use printing and copying services with the Visitor Printing/Copying Access.
Visitor Printing/Copying Access
- Print/copy costs:
- 8¢/side - black & white prints/copies
- 48¢/side - color prints/copies
- Visitor Printing/Copying Access will be sold in 3 denominations:
- $1.00 (13 black & white prints/copies)
- $5.00 (63 black & white prints/copies)
- $10.00 (124 black & white prints/copies)
- Locations to purchase Visitor Printing/Copying Access:
- Anschutz Library (cash and checks)
- Art & Architecture Library ($1.00 and cash only)
- Regents Center Library (cash and checks)
- Watson Library (cash, checks, credit & debit cards)
- Library locations to use Visitor Printing/Copying Access:
- Anschutz Library
- Art & Architecture Library
- Music & Dance Library
- Spahr Engineering Library
- Regents Centers Library, Edwards Campus
- Watson Library
- Wheat Law Library
Things you need to know about using Visitor Printing/Copying Access:
- The Visitor Printing/Copying Access information is issued on a letter-sized sheet of paper
- Includes assigned User Name and Temporary Password
- Provides instructions for activating use of the access at Myprint.ku.edu; this includes changing the Password
- Be certain to keep track of the User Name and Password because there is no way to retrieve the information if you lose it
- You may review remaining balance information online at Myprint.ku.edu
- Additional funds cannot be added; if you need more printing or copying, you will need to purchase and activate another Visitor Printing/Copying Access login
- No refunds for unused printing/copying value
- Use of login expires after 12 months of inactivity from last use and unused balance will not be refunded