Visitor Services @ the Library

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Access to the LMU campus is limited for visitors. 

Due to COVID-19, we regret that visitor services are suspended for the time being. We will update this page when conditions change. 

Check the campus visitor policy for more details. 

If you have paid for borrowing privileges, we have extended your borrowing privileges for one year in consideration of this closure period. The option to check out new books will be suspended while the campus is closed to visitors.

 

Visit Accessibility @ the Library for information about our service animal policy and assistive technology.

Borrowing Privileges for Visitors

Certain eligible visitors may apply for library borrowing privileges. For information on whether you qualify for borrowing privileges and how to set that up, please review the information below. All other guests who do not fall into one of the categories below can purchase for $300 a year.

Alumni

  • LMU alumni may purchase annual borrowing privileges at a discounted rate of $100 (available for purchase at the Circulation Desk).
  • LMU alumni are eligible for an LMU OneCard, available from the OneCard office, which is required to obtain guest computer access and to purchase borrowing privileges.
  • Alumni receive visitor borrowing privileges.
  • Alumni may request free access to the ATLA Religion Database with ATLA Serials.

Emeritus Faculty

  • LMU emeritus faculty have associate borrowing privileges. Please confirm with HR that emeritus status has been confirmed before borrowing items from the library.

LMU and LLS Faculty/Staff Retirees

  • Full-time LMU retirees should obtain a "Gold Card" from Human Resources and bring this to Circulation Desk to obtain borrowing privileges.

Neighborhood Residents

  • Residents of the Westchester (90045), Playa Vista (90094) and Playa del Rey (90293) neighborhoods are eligible to purchase a visitor borrowing card at a discounted rate of $100. To purchase a card, go to the Circulation Desk Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. -7:45 p.m., Saturday or Sunday 11:00 a.m. -7:45 p.m. A current photo ID or utility bill, with your name and address, will be required for proof of neighborhood residency.
  • Residents who puchase a borrowing card will receive visitor borrowing privileges.

Religious Residents and Religious Visitors

  • Religious residents (Jesuit Community) and visiting religious scholars receive associate borrowing privileges.
  • Religious scholars visiting campus for short periods of time (less than one year) should request that their department chair or Dean send a letter to the Dean of the Library requesting permission to borrow from the library. The letter should indicate department, school, or division responsible for any fees incurred as well as an expected expiration date.
  • Please note: Access to electronic resources off-campus may vary based on affiliation with the university.
  • Once the Dean approves library borrowing privileges for physical materials, the visiting scholar or visiting faculty may stop by the Circulation Desk to finish setting up an account. Please bring OneCard if applicable. 

Visiting Scholars and Visiting Faculty

  • Visiting faculty and visiting scholars receive associate borrowing privileges
  • Visiting faculty and scholars visiting campus for short periods of time (less than one year) should request that their department chair or Dean send a letter to the Dean of the Library, requesting permission to borrow from the library. The letter should indicate the department, school or division responsible for any fees incurred as well as an expected expiration date. 
  • Please note: Access to electronic resources off-campus may vary based on affiliation with the university.
  • Once the Dean approves library borrowing privileges for physical materials, the visiting scholar or visiting faculty may stop by the Circulation Desk to finish setting up an account. Please bring OneCard if applicable. 

Other Visitors with Borrowing Privileges

The following groups are eligible for borrowing privileges at the William H. Hannon Library. Each group has specific policies and procedures associated with obtaining those privileges. Please select a category below to read additional details on how to request borrowing privileges.

  • Faculty from other AJCU institutions should provide an AJCU Direct Reciprocal Library Borrower Form (available through their home institution) completed by their home library and show their current school ID at the Circulation Desk. LMU faculty who wish to borrow materials from other AJCU institutions should refer to our AJCU Passport page.

  • Donors who give to the library at the Scholars Circle and Collectors Club levels should send a letter to the Dean of the Library, Kristine Brancolini, requesting permission to borrow from the library. Upon approval by Dean, may obtain a Visitor borrower’s card by bringing a photo ID to the Circulation Desk during full service hours.

  • Degree Completion students in Theology have Semester Borrowing Privileges. Other extension/continuing education students must apply for borrowing privileges and should refer to our Visitor Services page

  • The school principal should first contact Library Administration (Attn: Jill Cornelio at 310-338-4593 or Jill.Cornelio@lmu.edu) in order to establish an agreement between the school and the library. Typically, a list of teachers eligible to use the library during a specified time period (generally one year) will be required. The library will draft a contract outlining the terms of the borrowing agreement (including responsibility for lost or unreturned items). All teachers on the list may obtain a Visitor borrower’s card by bringing a photo ID to the Circulation Desk during full service hours.

  • Both the faculty/staff member and their spouse should go to the OneCard office together to obtain a OneCard. We recommend contacting the OneCard office in advance to verify procedures. The faculty/staff member’s spouse can then bring their OneCard to the Circulation Desk to obtain borrowing privileges.

  • Trustees or board members should send a letter to the Dean of the Library, Kristine Brancolini, requesting permission to borrow from the library. Once approved by the Dean, they may obtain a Visitor borrower’s card by bringing a photo ID to the Circulation Desk during full service hours.

  • Formally recognized religious leaders who live or work in the local community (zip codes 90045, 90094, or 90293) should send a letter to the Dean of the Library, Kristine Brancolini, for approval to borrow from the library. Use official letterhead, or provide another means of confirming eligible status. Once approved, local clergy should bring a photo ID to the Circulation Desk during full service hours to complete a borrowing application and receive a Visitor borrower’s card.

  • The high school principal should first contact Library Administration (Attn: Jill Cornelio at 310-338-4593 or Jill.Cornelio@lmu.edu) in order to establish an agreement between the high school and the library. Once that agreement has been arranged, students should come to the Circulation Desk during full service hours where all eligible students' names will be on file. Student should bring their school ID to the Circulation Desk.

    High school students can visit the Library Resources for High School Students guide for additional information about on campus access.

  • OTIS students should confirm borrowing privileges have been requested by contacting the Circulation Manager at OTIS. Once the list from OTIS is submitted to LMU, OTIS students may obtain a Visitor’s Borrowing Card by presenting their school ID to the Circulation Desk during regular business hours. 

  • SCATLA graduate students from outside institutions who wish to borrow from LMU should ask their home library to fill out and sign a SCATLA Card. This card should be scanned and emailed to circulation@lmu.edu.

  • Faculty from other SCELC schools who want to borrow at LMU must bring a completed borrowing application from their home library and a current photo (preferably school) ID to the Circulation Desk.

  • St. Mary's or the LMU Dance Department should send a letter to the Dean of the Library, Kristine Brancolini, requesting permission to borrow from the library. Upon approval by the Dean, program participants may obtain a Visitor borrower’s card by bringing a photo ID to the Circulation Desk during full service hours.

  • The Summer Events office should send a list of CTY instructors/staff who may need to use the library to circulation@lmu.edu. The list will be kept at the Circulation Desk. Persons on the list will be issued borrowing privileges. CTY students and RAs are not given borrowing privileges.

  • An URSA program coordinator should send Ray Andrade the following student information in order to issue Visitor Borrower’s Cards: Name, Campus Address (Hall and Room Number), Phone and Cell Number and Email address.