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Friends of the University Libraries Borrower Program

Membership in the Friends of the University Libraries Borrower Program is open to anyone interested in borrowing privileges at the University of Buffalo Libraries.

How does it work?

For a yearly fee of $50.00, Friends receive a Courtesy Borrower account allowing them to borrow materials from the University Libraries’ collections and on-site use of Library Research Stations.

To apply for a Friends of the Libraries Courtesy Borrower account:

  1. Submit application
  2. Pay membership fee
  3. Wait for notification from library informing you of your new account
  4. Pick up borrowing card from library

How to Apply

To apply for a Friends of the Library membership, you must fill out the online application. It will take 3-5 business days to process applications.

To arrange for membership payment, please call 716-645-5950 or email

Once payment has been made, you will be notified via email. When picking up your new library card, please bring picture ID.

What are the borrowing policies?

  • Friends may borrow general collection and media formatted materials for 30 days
  • If eligible, materials may be renewed up to 90 days past the original loan date using My Account
  • Ten items may be borrowed at one time
  • Ten requests may be placed at one time
  • All materials are subject to recall

Library Overdue and Fine Notices

  • As a courtesy, due-date reminders are sent via email
  • At 5 days past due, library accounts are blocked
  • At 10 days past due, library accounts are billed the cost of the non-returned library material(s) and non-refundable $25.00 fee for each past-due item

Note: Borrowers are responsible for all charges, whether or not notices are received.

The My Account feature on the libraries website can be used to view all library fines.

Any questions concerning fines or replacement of lost items should be directed to the University Libraries Finances Office by calling 716-645-5950 between the hours of 9:00am - 4:00 pm Monday through Friday or via email at