Trinity College Library

Visitors and Guest Borrowers

The Trinity College Library’s spaces and collections primarily support Trinity College students, faculty, and staff plus members of the CTW Library Consortium.  Visitors and guest researchers, including users of the government documents we receive through the Federal Depository Library Program, are also welcome.
Guest Borrowing
Visitors with a current Connecticut College or Wesleyan University ID may borrow items by presenting their ID at the Circulation Desk.
Other potential borrowers may apply for a Special Borrower’s Card.  A valid government issued photo ID is required at the time of application.  Applicants in the following 3 categories will have a card processed within 3 days without review:
  • Trinity College alumni/alumnae
  • Retired Trinity College employees
  • Faculty at other colleges in Connecticut (Completed CCALD card needed from your home institution)

All other guest borrower applications will be reviewed by the College Librarian.  A decision may take up to 1-2 weeks before notification of approval or disapproval. Public library cards or library cards from other colleges and universities are not accepted for borrowing Trinity College material. Guests and visitors without borrowing privileges are welcome to use Library material within the building.

Visitor policies

Visitors who are not affiliated with Trinity and do not have any borrowing privileges should adhere to the following:
  • Visitors must be 18 years old or, if under 18, must be accompanied by an adult 21 years or older. Parents are reminded that children must be strictly supervised.  Those under 18 who need to use U.S. Federal Government information, should ask to see a research librarian.
  • Visitors must register (a legibly printed name is required) in our Visitors Log at the Circulation Desk on Level A. To register we require a government issued identification document (drivers’ license, state issued card in lieu of the license, or passport). No other form of identification including school or college IDs is accepted with the exception of Wesleyan and Connecticut College IDs.
  • Use of our two public access computers is on a “first come” basis.  Note that they have limited access to library resources only.  If after an hour another person is waiting to use the computer, you will be asked to relinquish it.  All computer use is subject to College computing policies.
  • Eating food is not permitted in the library areas of the building.
  • Beverages are allowed provided they are secured in covered containers.
  • No smoking is strictly enforced.
  • Photocopying/printing cards are available for purchase in the outer lobby.
  • Visitors should exhibit no behavior that is aimed at disturbing another patron or staff member. Such behavior includes, but is not limited to, verbal abuse, violence or threats of violence, sexual harassment, loud conversations in person or on the phone, yelling, running through the building or damaging library property.
  • Visitors are not admitted after 10:00pm.
  • The Library is closed to visitors during end of term reading days and exam periods.
The Library reserves the right to deny access to persons who fail to adhere to the above policies or in any other way infringe upon the priority access of Trinity College students, faculty, and staff. Those questioning any of this policy should contact our College Librarian, Dr. Richard Ross.