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Your student photo ID card is also your Library card, as well as your photocopying card. Part-time students may obtain a library card free of charge for the duration of their course, with proof of registration. Community residents may purchase a Library card for $15.00/year, Queen's and RMC for $10.00/year.


You must have your card with you in order to borrow materials. You may renew an item over the phone if the item is not already overdue and your record is in good standing. Book return slots are available for returning materials when libraries are closed.

St. Lawrence College graduates with an alumni card may borrow free for the first year after graduation and for $10.00/year thereafter.

Active accounts must be renewed annually in person to verify account information.


Yes, we do charge fines. If an item from the General Collection is not returned on time, the fine is $0.25 per day per item. The maximum fine is the cost of the book. Higher fines may apply to special collections such as the Reserve Collection.

General Collections

Materials are shelved according to the Library of Congress call number system. Use the SLC library catalogue to find specific materials, and ask the library staff for any assistance you might need. Most books in the libraries may be borrowed for three weeks, while most DVDs & CDs circulate for one week.

Special Collections

  • Reference Collections — These collections of encyclopedias, dictionaries, directories, indexes, almanacs, etc. provide quick factual information and background information. These materials are for use in the library only.
  • Reserve Collections — These collections may contain current textbooks, and other books or articles that teachers have assigned as reading. Some material is for use in the library only. Some items, such as accounting solutions manuals, may be on a one-hour loan. At the Kingston campus, most material may be borrowed overnight, from an hour before the library closes, and must be returned before 9:00a.m. on the following open day.
  • Periodicals Collections — The latest issues of current magazine, journal, and newspaper subscriptions are displayed on the journal shelves in each library. Older issues are kept behind the circulation desk and are signed out from there for use in the libraries only.
  • Electronic Resources — The libraries make available many internet-accessible databases that provide the full text of periodical articles and books. For information on the database services to which the libraries subscribe, see the Library Home page.


The three campus libraries all provide tables for group work, study carrels in quiet areas for individual work and bookable group study rooms. In addition, you will find computers providing access to the Internet as well as to local databases, laser printers, DVD players, VCRs, and photocopiers.

Reference Services

Experienced library staff at the reference/information desks are ready to help you to find information you need, and help you use the various print and electronic resources within the library. Please don't hesitate to ask for help!

Interlibrary loans

If an item you want is not available in your campus library, we may be able to obtain a copy for you, either from one of the other campus libraries, or from an outside library. Please talk to one of the library staff if you would like to use this service, and allow at least 2 weeks for delivery. There is no fee for borrowing books or a/v materials from other Ontario Colleges, but there may be a charge to borrow from outside the college system. The borrower will be responsible for any fees or fines charged by the lending institution.

Library tours

The library staff will provide tours of the library for classes or other groups. The tours provide a good introduction to the layout of the Library, the materials and the services that the library offers. Contact the following people to book tours:

Brockville: Carrie Cousineau, ext. 3104
Cornwall: Karolina Roussakis, ext. 2701
Kingston: Yvonne Fleming, ext. 1260