Corporate, Government & Nonprofit Employee Borrowing
Visitors from outside Northwestern community may be able borrow items if they are professionals in the following sectors:
- Corporations can obtain a Borrowers's Card at a cost of $500 per year. We will create up to 2 cards for the account. Additional cards may be purchased for $200 per year. Payment must be received via corporate account.
- Employees of Evanston governmental agencies can obtain a three-month Borrower's Card at no charge. Please bring a letter from your employer verifying employment and accepting financial responsibility for overdue fines and lost or damaged items.
- Employees of non-profit organizations (cultural, religious, scientific or medical institutions in the area) conducting research can obtain a three-month Borrower's Card for a cost of $50. Please bring a letter of introduction from your employer describing the need for work-related research. The letter must include a statement assuming financial responsibility for overdue fines and lost or damaged items.
Obtain a Borrower's Card
For borrowing privileges, bring a photo ID and required documentation to the University (Main) Library circulation desk during open hours. You will be asked to fill out paperwork, and staff will verify your status. A card will be issued on the spot.
- Loan period: 4-week loan period, except for items on reserve for a class, which are not included in this borrowing program. All books are subject to recall with a guaranteed loan period of one week. DVDs and videos from the Mitchell Multimedia Center can be borrowed for 7 days.
- Renewals: Items can be renewed three times, either in person or via NUsearch. After the third remote renewal, books must be brought in to start a new loan.
- Fines, fees, and penalties: Northwestern does not charge daily fines on regular loan books. If a book exceeds the loan grace period, it is considered "lost." A $125 replacement charge is applied, and the patron account is blocked from further transactions.
Contact the Circulation Department at 847-491-7633 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about the required documentation and steps to obtain a card.
Note that a Borrower's card does not grant access to the Libraries' online databases, but visitors can obtain a Guest NetID for database access.