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Services for the Community

Members of the community are welcome to use the UCF Libraries collection in the building. The UCF Libraries provides Ask-A-Librarian; a telephone, Email and online Chat help service available to all patrons. There is an online tutorial available on how to find books and journal articles through the UCF Libraries Catalog and electronic databases. Research guides will help you search by subject. Reference librarians are available to answer questions at the Reference desk on the library main floor.

Of special interest to local inventors is the Patents and Trademarks Collection.

Special Borrowers Cards

Various special borrower library cards are available for John C. Hitt Library patrons and are listed below. To be issued any special borrower card, patrons must be present, show a school issued photo ID card, or a government issued photo ID card (Florida Driverís License or Florida ID card). If Florida government issued photo ID is not available, a passport or other photo ID and proof of Florida residency must be presented. THERE IS A MAXIMUM OF TEN ITEMS THAT MAY BE ON LOAN AT ANY GIVEN TIME.


This is for members of the Alumni Association who join at the Lifetime Membership level. After joining, please bring to the Circulation desk a government issued photo ID, and your Alumni Lifetime Membership card to get your special borrowers' card. Alumni special borrower cards will need to be renewed once a year, to keep all patron profiles up to date.

Community Patrons

This Special Borrower Card is for members of the community who would like to check out books from our library. To purchase a community card you must be 18 years old and have a valid Florida driverís license, proof of Florida residency. Any person under the age of 18 who wishes to purchase a Grey Borrower card must have their parent or other legal guardian purchase the card in the parent's or guardian's name. The parent or guardian will purchase the card using the same procedure as any adult patron but the parent or guardian can authorize ONE minor to check out materials on that grey borrower card. Only that one authorized minor can use the card to check out items, the parent/guardian cannot use the card. The minor must present some sort of government issued photo ID card to use the Grey Card (driver's license, passport, School ID, etc), unless their parent or legal guardian is present to provide their own proof of ID.

If a minor is too young to have any sort of government or school issued ID card (or just doesn't have any qualifying photo ID), then the parent/guardian must purchase the card in their own name and must always be present to check out the materials.

Cost for this Special Borrower card is:

  • $30 for 6 months.
  • $60 for 1 year.

Payment must be made by cash or check*. Please note that we cannot accept payment within 1 hour of closing.

UCF Affiliates without Database Access

  • LIFE program
  • IEP
  • Aspect
  • Spouses of UCF Faculty/Staff members (not children)
  • UCF Contract Employees (OPS)
  • UCF Visiting/ Exchange Faculty & Student Scholars
  • Research Scientists

UCF Affiliates with Database Access

  • Distance Learners/ FEEDS
  • UCF Retirees, Faculty Emeritus
  • UCF Adjunct Professors

Universities, Community Colleges, and Public School Teachers

  • Florida State Funded Universities & Community Colleges
  • Rollins College
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Florida Institute of Technology
  • Barry University School of Law
  • Florida Public pre k-12 Teachers** including Home Schooling Teachers***

*Note: On the weekends, all payments to the UCF Library must be via UCF Smart Card, check, or exact change.

**Need to bring a letter of employment from principal

***Must present a letter signed by the Home Education District Contract, Home Education Program, and Florida Department of Education

Last updated January 05, 2015 2:10:10 PM

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