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:

Patron type   Loan period*
Students   Undergraduate student   28 days  
Graduate student  28 days 
Postdoctoral student    60 days  
Contractual staff   Research assistants   28 days 
Contract staff   28 days  
Tutors   6 weeks  
AU employees (past & present)   Staff/Faculty   March 15th of succeeding year  
Retired staff/faculty   Not available.  
Retired emeritus faculty   6 weeks  
Community borrower   28 days  
*Exceptions for some of the collection apply.

  • Some course materials have an extended loan period.
  • Reference materials and full issues of printed journals do not circulate.
  • Most materials may be renewed twice unless any item has a request hold. Renew materials through your Library account located on the Library's homepage, or by contacting the Library by email or call directly (contact details).
  • Materials requested from the Library's physical collection are normally mailed to the address listed in your myAU account 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 request a variety of materials not held in AU Library's collection. More information about ILL services for students, faculty, and staff can be found on the ILL webpage.