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  • A valid library card is required to check out material.
  • Library cards are for personal use only and may not be loaned or transferred.
  • Possession of a library card does not guarantee access to all library material or services. For example, off-site access to licensed electronic resources is available only to current UCI students, faculty and staff with a UCInetID or a sponsored UCInetID; and interlibrary loan privileges are available only to current UC students, faculty and staff.

UC Irvine Students, Faculty and Staff
Other Affiliates
Fee Cards for Non-UC Affiliates
UCI Photo ID

UCI PhotoIDs are used as library cards for current students, faculty, and staff.(You may be asked to present a secondary photo identification if the photo on your UCI PhotoID has worn off.)

For those not eligible for UCI PhotoIDs, library cards are issued at no charge. A replacement fee will be charged if card is lost. Valid photo identification and proof of current UCI enrollment or employment is required.

Users include:

  • Registered UCI students *
  • UCI Emeritus and retired faculty
  • UCI faculty
  • UCI retired staff
  • UCI staff
  • UCI Medical Interns and Residents
  • UCI Lecturers
  • UCI Librarians
  • UCI Post-doctorate researchers
  • Visiting Faculty teaching at UC Irvine


* UCI graduate students on official leave of absence or on filing fee status pay an additional fee for library privileges, see fee-based cards.

Proxy Borrowers

UC faculty, academics, and administrative staff may arrange to have a proxy check out material for them. The proxy must be a paid employee of a UC campus or a currently registered UC student.

  • Proxy cards are issued at any of the Check Out Desks. An application form must be filled out and signed by the authorizing faculty or staff member.
  • The person for whom items are borrowed remains responsible for all overdues, recalls, fines, and replacement bills that may be generated.
  • Proxies are not to be used for spouses, domestic partners, children or friends.
  • Doctoral candidates are not eligible to have proxies.

For more information, contact any Check Out Desk.