Borrowing Privileges

Library privileges are automatically extended to employees and currently enrolled University of Wyoming students with a valid WyoOne card. Privileges include:

Prospector access is limited to on campus patrons. UW distance and outreach patrons may request materials from other libraries via Interlibrary Loan.

Library privileges are automatically extended to outreach, distance, and UW-Casper College students, faculty, and staff who are located outside of Laramie.

Materials from the UW Libraries and those borrowed through Interlibrary Loan will be mailed to your actual location. Request these materials from your Interlibrary Loan account.

The Prospector service is not available to off-campus patrons.

Library privileges are extended to members of the University of Wyoming Alumni Association with the in-person presentation of an Alumni Association card and a state or government issued photo ID at any University Libraries Help Desk.

Through the association, alumni are granted access to all University Libraries materials within the libraries and have borrowing privileges of all circulating items. The UW Libraries and Wyoming Public Libraries partner to provide WYLD databases access to Wyoming residents with a public library card.

* Registration must be updated annually. Please see our Public & Alumni page for additional information.

Library privileges are extended to retired University of Wyoming faculty and staff with the presentation of a valid WyoOne card. Retired faculty and staff may maintain their former library account and borrowing privileges and must update their account in person annually. Online materials, including databases and other electronic resources, may be accessed from on-campus computers.

UW Board Retirees retain access to Prospector and Interlibrary Loan services. Those who retain their account on the UWYO domain may continue to access online materials from both on and off-campus.

Community and courtesy library cards are available by by visiting a library Help Desk in person and providing the documents and fees outlined below. These privileges provide access to circulating print materials. We are unable to extend community borrowers access to databases and online materials, Interlibrary Loan, and Prospector. 

  • Wyoming residents and spouses/dependents of University of Wyoming affiliates with a Wyoming driver's license, state ID card, WyoOne campus ID card, or government-issued photo ID and proof of residency. Residents under 18 years of age must have a signed parental permission form (PDF) on file. Registration must be updated annually.
  • Non-Wyoming residents with a driver's license, state ID card, or government-issued photo ID. A $20 account registration fee is assessed annually.
  • Campus workshop participants with authorization from the workshop coordinator, a parent/legal guardian permission form if under 18, and a photo ID. Registration is limited to the term of the workshop.

The Libraries participate in reciprocal borrowing programs with a number of institutions. Agreements and policies vary with each program. This does not include access to databases and other online materials.

Wyoming community colleges libraries, the University of Wyoming Libraries, and George W. Hopper Law Library are partners in providing resources to the higher education community in Wyoming. Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to borrow library print materials when visiting participating institutions. Present a current valid ID from your college or university along with a government-issued ID in person to borrow materials for free. Items must be returned in person or by mail to the library from which you borrowed. Checkout periods and other policies may be different from your home library, and you are responsible for any fees for late, lost, or damaged items. Some library services, such as as interlibrary loan and database access, are limited to current employees and students of that institution.

Faculty, staff, and students from Colorado State University and the University of Northern Colorado with the presentation of a valid campus ID card and a photo ID in person at the Coe Library Help Desk. Cards must be renewed annually in person.

Faculty from participating institutions (PDF) affiliated with the OCLC Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program(ORFBP) with the presentation of a valid campus ID card and a photo ID in person at the Coe Library Help Desk. Cards must be renewed annually in person.

Proxy Authorization

Library borrowers may authorize a representative to perform library transactions on their behalf by submitting a Proxy Authorization Form (PDF). Proxy relationships may be singular or reciprocal and must be updated annually. Account owners assume responsibility for all library transactions made by their proxy, including payment of related fees.

  • The proxy will be linked to your account (or to each other if the reciprocal relationship is selected). A proxy can check out, renew, and place requests on your behalf.
  • The account owner and proxy account must both be in good standing to perform transactions.
  • Information regarding your account will remain confidential and not shared with your proxy.
  • Account owners may designate more than one proxy.


Renewals and Returns

All library materials may be borrowed except current journals, newspapers, reference, and microforms. These items are library use only.

Materials in the Emmett Chisum Special Collections, the Rocky Mountain Herbarium collection, and the Jackson Research Center must be used at those facilities.

Renewals of eligible items are processed automatically on accounts with no blocks or fees. Patrons are notified when items can not be renewed and are due for return. Items not eligible for automatic renewal include:

  • Reserves
  • Prospector
  • Requested by other patrons
  • Reached the renewal limit
  • Billed

Interlibrary Loan renewals must be requested via the Interlibrary Loan account.

To renew early or check on the availability or renewals, contact a University of Wyoming Libraries Help Desk, use the Online Renewal Form, or My Accounts


Return checked out library materials to any Help Desk or book drop on or before the due date.

  • Coe Library:  Help Desk, level 2 and external book drop at 14th and Ivinson.
  • Geology Library:  Help Desk, main level
  • Learning Resources Center:  Help Desk

Receipts for returned items are available upon request at any Help Desk.

To avoid damage, fragile materials should not be placed in outside book drops.

Loan Periods & Borrowing Limits

Loan periods and maximum numbers of items that may be checked out at one time vary by type of material and type of borrower. The Libraries reserve the right to recall items needed for course reserves, which shortens loan periods to one week before it must be returned.

Loan limits of materials by patron group
Patron Group Loan Limit
University Faculty, Staff, Students and Lab School Teachers 250 items
Alumni, Resident Adults and Minors, Non-Resident Adults and Minors, Reciprocal Borrowers, Lab School Students and Workshops 15 items

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