Guest Services

Guest Services

UMW Libraries are open* to the public. See our Computer Use policy for more information about use of the guest computers in Simpson Library. Guest Internet access is also available via the “UMW Guest” wireless network.

*Simpson Library requires a valid Eagle One card to enter or remain in the building after 10 p.m.

Guest Patron Privileges

UMW Libraries materials may be checked out to individuals who are not affiliated with the University if they possess a valid Guest Patron library card. Guest patrons may borrow books from the libraries’ circulating collection, including our popular reading collection. The loan period is 35 days. DVDs, microforms, current periodicals, reserve materials, electronic equipment and materials in the reference collection cannot be checked out by guest patrons. This card does not entitle the Guest Patron to Interlibrary Loan service, Document Delivery services, entry into Simpson Library for study hall hours or off-campus database access.

Materials from the regular circulating collection may be renewed three times without returning them to the UMW Libraries. Renewals may be done online by accessing your Library Account or at the Circulation Desk by presenting your Guest Patron card. You may access your Library Account by entering your Guest Patron ID number and the last 4 digits of your Social Security Number. If you do not see the renewal option, contact the Simpson Library Circulation Desk at 540-654-1125. Materials may not be renewed until 14 days prior to their due date. The Guest Patron cannot place recalls or holds on items that are checked out.

How to obtain a Guest Patron card

Applications for Guest Patron cards must be made at the Circulation Desk at Simpson Library. Upon satisfactory completion of the application and a payment (cash or check) of $75.00, a library card will be authorized for residents of Virginia over the age of eighteen. Educators currently employed by the Commonwealth of Virginia receive a discounted rate of $25.00. Payment will not be refunded for any reason.

A UMW Libraries Guest Patron card is valid for one year from the date of application and is not transferable. The cardholder is responsible for all materials circulated on this card as well as any charges that are incurred. It is further understood that materials loaned are for the personal use of the borrower.

Alumni Information

Alumni may become a Guest Patron of the Libraries by bringing their Alumni ID card along with a current photo ID to either Simpson Library or the Stafford Campus Library. Upon satisfactory completion of the application and a payment (cash or check) of $25.00, alumni will have Guest Patron library privileges. UMW Alumni are able to receive an Alumni ID card through the Office of Alumni Relations.

Alumni Guest Patron status is valid for one year from the date of application.

VIVA Cooperative Borrowing Program Information

The University of Mary Washington Libraries participate in the Virtual Library of Virginia Cooperative Borrowing Program. The Cooperative Borrowing Program allows students, faculty, and staff at VIVA institutions to request to borrow materials on-site from any participating library. UMW Libraries offer Guest Patron cards to qualifying members. To apply, fill out a Guest Patron application at the Circulation Desk and present a valid form of photo identification (such as an unexpired State issued Driver’s License), as well as proof of current institutional status (an unexpired institutional ID and proof of enrollment) in order to borrow materials. Visit the VIVA Cooperative Borrowing Program website for more information and a list of VIVA Member institutions and their status in this program.