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Visitors to University of Denver Libraries may access collections, technology, and services under certain conditions.

Visitor Access

Visitors may view materials in library.  The following are used as Library Cards and are required for check out of materials.  See Visitors' library privileges.

Visitors Library Cards

The following are used as Library Cards and are required for check out of materials.

DU Affiliated Visitors
(Library Card = DU ID)
Sodexo Employee Follet Bookstore Employee
Retired Staff Member Retired Faculty
Carson Brierly Dance Member Denver International Program
Dependents & Spouses Enrichment Program
Field Instructor Friends of the Library
OLLI Program Publishing Institute
Ricks Student Rocky Mountain Talent Search
Senior Citizen Audit Program Summer Institute/Program
University Library Association  


Reciprocal Borrowers
Current Student/Faculty from an school listed below
(Library Card = Current School ID)
Arizona State University Oklahoma State University University of Hawaii at Manoa
Baylor University Oregon State University University of Houston
Bel Rae Regis University University of Kansas
Brigham Young University Ricks Center University of Missouri
Claremont Colleges Library Rocky Vista University University of New Mexico
Colorado College Southern Illinois University University of Northern Colorado
Colorado School of Mines St. John Vianney Seminary University of Oklahoma
Colorado State University Texas A&M University University of Oregon
Community College of Denver Texas Tech University University of Utah
Fort Lewis College University of Arizona University of Wyoming
Iliff School of Theology University of Colorado, Boulder Utah State University
Iowa State University University of Colorado, Colorado Springs Washington State University
Johnson & Wales University of Colorado, Denver Washington State University - Vancouver
Kansas State University University of Colorado, Health Sciences Washington University in St. Louis
Metropolitan State University of Denver  University of Colorado, Law  


Referral Form Colleges *
Current Students/Faculty from a Colorado College/University listed below
(Library Card = School ID + Referral Form)

*Referral Form must be filled out by your school librarian.
*A new Referral Form is required each visit.
Adams State University Front Range Community College Pikes Peak Community College
Arapahoe Community College Lamar Community College Pueblo Community College
Colorado Christian University Morgan Community College Red Rocks Community College
Colorado Mesa University Naropa University Trinidad State Junior College
Colorado Mountain College Nazarene Bible College United States Air Force Academy
Colorado Northwestern Community College New Geneva Theological Seminary Western Colorado Community College
Community College of Aurora Northeastern Junior College Western State Colorado University
Denver Seminary Otero Junior College  


Referral Form *
Visitors from a Colorado Public Library listed below
(Library Card = Public Library Card + Referral Form)

*Referral Form must be filled out by your local librarian.
*A new Referral Form is required each visit.
Aguilar Public Library Franklin Ferguson Memorial Library Park County Public Libraries
Akron Public Library Fresno County Public Library Penrose Community Library District
Alamosa (Southern Peaks) Public Library Garfield County Libraries Pikes Peak Library District
Arapahoe Library District Gilpin County Public Library Pine River Library
Anything (Rangeview Libraries) Grand County Library District Pines & Plains Libraries
Baca County Public Library Gunnison County Library District Pitkin County Library
Basalt Regional Library District Haxtun Public Library Platteville Public Library
Bemis Public Library Heginbotham Library Poudre River Public Library District
Bent County Library District High Plains Library District Pueblo City-County Library
Berthoud Community Library Hinsdale Library District Rampart Library District
Boulder Public Library Ignacio Community Library Rangely Regional Library
Bud Werner Memorial Library Jackson County Public Library Rangeview Libraries
Buena Vista Public Library Jefferson County Public Library Red Feather Lakes Community Library
Burlington Public Library John C. Fremont Library District Rico Public Library
Canon City Public Library Julesburg Public Library Ridgway Public Library
Carnegie Library of Trinidad Kiowa County Public Library District Rio Grande Library District
Clear Creek Library District La Veta Public Library Rocky Ford Public Library
Clearview Library District Lafayette Public Library Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library
Conejos Library District Lake County Public Library Salida Regional Library
Cortez Public Library Lamar Public Library San Miguel Library District
Costilla County Public Library Lincoln County Libraries Security Public Library
Cotopaxi School Community Library Longmont Public Library Silverton Public Library
Dacono Public Library Louisville Public Library South Routt Library District
DeBeque Library Loveland Public Library Southern Teller County Library District
Del Norte Public Library Lyons Regional Library Spanish Peaks Library District
Delta County Libraries Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library Sterling Public Library
Denver Public Library Mancos Public Library Stratton Public Library
Dolores Public Library Manzanola School Public Library Summit County Library
Douglas County Public Library Meeker Regional Library District Swink School Public Library
Durango Public Library Mesa County Libraries Vail Public Library
Eagle Valley Library District Mineral County Public Libraries Wellington Public Library
East Cheyenne County Library District Moffat County Library West Custer County Library
East Morgan County Library District Montrose Regional Library District West Routt Library District
Englewood Public Library Nederland Community Library Westminster Public Library
Estes Valley Library Northern Saguache County Library District Wetmore Community Library
Flagler Community Library Nucla Public Library Woodruff Memorial Library
Fleming Community Library Ordway Combined Community Library Wray Public Library
Fort Morgan Public Library Ouray Public Library Yuma Public Library


Visitors who have purchased a Day, Month, or Year Pass
Check out of materials is available only with a Year Pass.
(Library Card = Purchased Pass)
One Day Access without Borrowing $  5.00

Calendar Month Access without Borrowing
This pass is based on calendar month (March, April, etc.)

$ 20.00
Access and Borrowing for One Year
(Limit of 6 items checked out at a time)
Corporate Borrowers Cards One Year
(5 cards issued)


Government Documents Users: No form is required to view documents.  A Referral Form is required for check out.

High School Students: Students in grades 10-12 can purchase access to University Libraries for an academic year - Sept. 1 to May 31 - for a fee of $10.00. The student must bring a signed letter from the high school stating he/she is in good standing and needs access to the Library. A card will be issued to the student and must be presented whenever entering the Library. This card allows access to Penrose Collection material, for In-Library use only.

Requesting Items

Anderson Academic Commons Entrance


Prospector is a regional self-service, rapid delivery borrowing service. Items requested from University Libraries via Prospector will be delivered to your home library.

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan is an international service in which library materials are made available from one library to another and ultimately to the designated library user to meet their information needs. Visitors may request items through Interlibrary Loan at their home library.

Request an Item

Visitors are encouraged to use the Prospector system through their home library to access materials. To request materials through University Libraries, call the Lending Desk at 303-871-3707. There is a six item and three week limit for checkouts and you will need your DU ID, Institutional ID, Visitor Pass, or Referral Card.
All materials may be requested for browsing in Main Library, regardless of whether they are checked out or not.  Items may be picked up at the Lending Desk.

Computer Use

Anderson Academic Commons Computer LabComputers in University Libraries are primarily for the use of DU students, faculty, staff, and those affiliated with the University of Denver. Those with valid DU IDs are given priority and, when all computers are occupied, only those with valid DU IDs may use the computers. Access to computers and to select library subscription databases are restricted because of product licensing agreements.

Computers must be used in accordance with Library and University policies and procedures listed above. Any violation may lead to loss of these privileges and forfeiture of your card. The University of Denver's Acceptable Use Policy for Computer and Network Systems is available here.

For full access to most online databases, electronic books, and electronic journals as well as for access to the general internet, visitors must request a temporary guest account. To obtain a visitor account, you must present a picture ID at the Lending Desk and meet the following criteria: All visitors who may normally check out University Libraries materials may have access to the workstations. These visitors include the following:

  • Visitors from academic institutions with whom we have reciprocal agreements
    • Library privileges expire June 30 each year.
  • Alumni
    • Library privileges do not expire.
  • Visitors who currently participate in DU special programs
    • Library privileges expire at the end of the program.
  • Visitors who are family members, retired staff, retired faculty, Ricks students, Special Community Members, Follett Bookstore employees, Sodexo employees, field instructors, or Friends of the Library
    • Library privileges expire at the end of the calendar year.
  • Visitors needing access to Government Documents
    • Visitor pass expires at the end of the day received.
  • Visiting Scholars with a letter from the sponsoring department
    • Library privileges expire at end of appointment period.
  • Visitors with a valid Referral Card from their home library
    • Visitor pass expires at the end of the day received. This is a one day only pass and allows up to six items to be borrowed.
  • Visitors who have paid an access fee for a $5.00 Day Pass
    • Visitor pass expires at the end of the day received. This is a non-borrowing pass.
  • Visitors who have paid an access fee for a $20.00 Month Pass
    • Visitor pass expires at the end of the calendar month (March, April, etc.) received. This is a non-borrowing pass.
  • Visitors who have paid an access fee for a $100.00 Year Pass
    • Visitor pass expires 365 days after date purchased.
  • Visitors who are High School students and have paid an access fee for one year
    • Visitor pass expires May 31 each year. This is a non-borrowing pass.

Please note:
Even with special access to the computers some databases are not available to visitors.

Before you can use a computer, you must sign a Computer Use Agreement, which will be kept on file at Main Library.