Apply for a library card

About library cards

If you are a UA student, staff, faculty, or Designated Campus Colleague, your CatCard is your library card and you automatically get library access.

If you are affiliated with certain academic institutions or membership organizations, you might get a free library card. Everyone else is welcome to purchase a library card.

Not sure if you need a library card? Learn what you can access at the library.

Apply for a library card

To renew or apply for your library card, no need to come in, just fill out the online application. Library staff will respond within 72 hours when your renewal’s complete or when your new card is ready to pick up and use.

Borrowing privileges for non-UA affiliates

Affiliation Cost Borrow up to
Arizona State University faculty & students
Northern Arizona University faculty & students
None 25 items
Pima Community College faculty & students None 25 items
Tohono O’odham Community College faculty & students None 25 items
Spouse of UA faculty & staff members None 25 items
Students & faculty at GWLA institutions None 25 items
Banner employees  None 25 items (Health Sciences Library only)
Community user $50/year 25 items

Loan policy for non-UA affiliates

Most materials renew automatically every 21 days up to one year as long as your account is current, in good standing and no one else requests items you have.

Type of material Initial loan period Maximum loan period

Books, journals, maps, music scores, government documents, media items

21 days Up to 1 year

Computer access

Library cardholders can get a free computer card to use our guest computers in the Main Library. All visitors can access library resources anywhere on campus by connecting to UAGuest Wireless

Lost cards

Contact us right away if you lose your library card to prevent others from using your account.