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Borrowing

Your UB Card serves as your library card. Current UB students, faculty and staff may use their cards to check out books and other materials at any campus library.

Who May Borrow

Students, Faculty, and Staff

Current University at Buffalo faculty, staff and students may use their UB Card to borrow materials.

Your UB Card is your Library Card. Students, faculty, and staff must have a current UB Card to receive borrowing services from any UB library.

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Proxy Borrowers

UB faculty and staff members may appoint proxy agents to borrow materials from the University Libraries on their behalf. Proxy privileges are issued upon written authorization of the faculty member. The sponsoring faculty member is responsible for all materials borrowed against the card. Requests for proxy cards can be made at any University Libraries' Circulation Desk.

More Information

Who is eligible to appoint a proxy?


How do I appoint a proxy?

The following information must be supplied in writing, on departmental letterhead, and presented at any University Libraries' Circulation Desk.
A sample letter (MS-Word) is available for your use.

  • Sponsor's name
  • Sponsor's department
  • Sponsor's campus or home address
  • Sponsor's email address
  • Sponsor's telephone number
  • Proxy's name
  • Proxy's length of appointment

Can a sponsor see what a proxy has checked out?

Faculty and staff members (sponsors) may check the status of materials borrowed on proxy cards by accessing his/her library account using My Account. Materials checked out by a proxy will be listed under loans.


Does the proxy card work for materials requested through Interlibrary Loan?

No, the proxy card does not work for Interlibrary Loans. Please contact the ILL Office at 716-645-2812 if you need assistance with using a proxy to request materials through ILL.


Visitor Borrowing privileges

A Courtesy Borrower / Library Research Station Access Card (blue card) is needed for eligible Visitor access and borrowing privileges. More information please see Visitor Information