Using AU Library's Collection

AU Library's collection is comprised of both online and physical materials, and is designed for use by students, faculty and staff. The Library collection has been developed in support of the programs and courses offered by AU, and it includes e-books, books, journals, streaming audio and video materials, maps, theses and dissertations and a variety of other materials. The Library collection is particularly strong in the area of distance education. Students, faculty and staff are all welcome to use the collection.

Access to some of the Library's online materials requires authentication using your myAU username and password. If you have questions or problems regarding your login, please contact the Library Information Desk.

Borrowing Materials from the Physical Collection

You may request that books, audiovisual materials and other items from the Library's physical collection be mailed to you, either to your home address, or for pick up at AU Edmonton or AU Calgary. Materials borrowed from the Library can be returned to these locations for delivery back to the Library. You may request that materials be couriered to you, at your expense.

Requests for materials may be made in several ways:

  • By sending an email or calling the Library Information Desk
  • By using the Request button in the AU Library Catalogue
  • By filling out a request form on the Ask AU Library page

Loan Rules:

  • The standard loan period is four (4) weeks
  • Some course materials have an extended loan period
  • Reference materials and full issues of printed journals do not circulate
  • Normally materials may be renewed twice unless another patron has requested the item(s). You can renew materials logging into your Library account from the Library's homepage, or by contacting the Library's homepage
  • Materials requested from the Library's physical collection are normally mailed to your home address, and include a pre-addressed mail card or label for the return of materials to AU Library

Interlibrary Loans

Through AU Library's Interlibrary Loans (ILL) office it is possible to request a variety of materials not held in AU Library's collection. More information about ILL for students, faculty and staff can be found here.