Welcome to Robertson Library!
Alumni: Check out the new Alumni Premiere program!
Although the Library's priority is to provide resources and services to UPEI students, faculty and staff, we are also pleased to serve the community; alumni, local area residents, and visitors are welcome to come into Robertson Library and use the facilities.
Visiting faculty, students, and staff from other Canadian universities should also refer to the Canadian University Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement (CURBA) for book borrowing privileges, and your own university's "Eduroam" instructions, before you leave, to get the borrowing card you need and configure your laptop for wireless access at UPEI.
Robertson Library is located on the campus of the University of Prince Edward Island.
Note: For research assistance with the Prince Edward Island Collection or University Archives, please refer to PEI Resources.
Community users (members of the general public) must acquire a UPEI CampusCard to sign out library books.
UPEI alumni may already have a UPEI CampusCard - if it's newer than July 2013 (if it looks like this), you can use that one.
First, complete a library registration form and bring it into the Library, this form is also available at the Service Desk. Community users under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian sign the registration form.
To obtain a UPEI CampusCard, go to the Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre during regular Sports Centre hours. There is a charge of $20.00 for the card.
Note: You are the only person authorized to use your card and since you're responsible for all library transactions made with it, report a lost or stolen card immediately to UPEI Campus Security, 566-0384. There is a $20.00 replacement charge for a lost or damaged CampusCard.
Community users may have up to 10 books on their account at any one time; high school students are limited to 2 books. Books can be borrowed for 21 days, with 2 renewals (if the book is not requested by someone else). Books requested by UPEI students, faculty, or staff must be returned upon notification, even if the book is requested before its due date. Books can be renewed online using the Library Catalogue's "My Account" feature, in person at the Service Desk, or by phone at 566-0583. Overdue books are assessed a fine of $.25 per day, per book.
Please note that you can not sign out periodicals, reference books, government publications, Special Collections materials, or electronic equipment on reserve.
The Library catalogue includes the titles of books, e-books, videos, government publications and other formats (except periodicals) held in the Robertson Library. You can search by author, title, Library of Congress subject heading, or keyword.
The Library catalogue can be accessed from the computers in the Library. As well, the catalogue is freely accessible on the web and searchable from off-campus. Please note: if you are accessing the Library catalogue from off-campus, you may not have access to some fulltext restricted resources.
Most of the books you can sign out of the Library are in the Stacks located on the Upper Level.
Anyone is welcome to come into the Library and use the electronic indexes, journals, and fulltext resources available online. Access from off-campus is restricted to UPEI students, faculty, and staff due to licensing agreements. However, for the first time, University of Prince Edward Island is offering its alumni ongoing off-campus access to selected Robertson Library resources and services. This special service is called Alumni Premiere and is available at an annual cost of $250. Further information is available at Alumni Premiere - Introduction.
Community members can use the OneSearch system from off-campus without a password, but you will find some of the content is blocked due to license agreements. The Library Catalogue is fully loaded inside OneSearch however, so you can use it to find books as well as free content that is not blocked.
Public access computers (iMacs) are available on both the Main and Upper Levels of the Library.
Wireless access is available in all areas of the Library. Inquire at the Service Desk for the guest login username and password. The password changes weekly.
Use the Panthernet Open SSID with the guest account.
Photocopying/Printing: Konica-Minolta multifunction devices (MFDs) are located on both the Main and Upper Levels of the Library, and are also equipped with a scanning option. Use your UPEI Campus Card, or purchase a photocopy card for $3.00 (refundable when the card is returned). You can use coins to photocopy/print material, but only on the MFD in the Learning Commons on the Main Level of the Library. You can print directly from a USB stick in the MFD devices. Inquire at the Service Desk to add value to your UPEI Campus Card or photocopy card. Printing cost 10 cents per side for black & white and 50 cents per side for colour. Inquire at the Service Desk to add value to your UPEI Campus Card or photocopy card. The "Library Commons" labelled printers will not work for community members.
Scanning: Community members are welcome to use all of the self-serve scanning equipment in the library, at no charge.
Microforms: Workstations are available in the Special Collections area for making photocopies (25 cents per copy) or digital scans from microfilm and microfiche. Scanning is free of charge. Bring a USB stick or you can email smaller scanned documents.
Requesting Material not held at Robertson Library (Interlibrary Loan)
Interlibrary Loan is available to community users. Requests will be processed when time permits. Community users will be charged for costs (if any) incurred for the loans. Payment must be made when the requested item is received.
Alumni Premiere members may use this service without charge. This means you can get a copy of almost any journal article within a couple of days of making the request.
The Language Lab consists of 30 iMac workstations loaded with internationally renowned Rosetta Stone language-learning software. Languages include English, French, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Latin American Spanish, Russian, Korean, Irish, Latin, and Arabic. The lab is available to community groups when it is not being used for university classes. To access the Rosetta Stone software, you must first sign up for a language lab account at the Service Desk and borrow a headset (or use your own if USB-compatible). Please refer to Language Lab Information for additional information, including the lab schedule.
The Collaboratory is equipped with 16 Mac Pro workstations, as well as audio-visual playback equipment, including LP turntables, VCR/DVD players, scanners, and audio decks that can play older media such as LPs, VHS tapes and cassettes. Hardware and software are provided for you to digitize any of that analog media into common digital formats.
The Collaboratory is an open facility, although some workstations may be designated for sign-up to ensure access when needed. Others will be openly accessible for drop-in use. Please refer to Collaboratory - Using the Media Resources
for additional information.
If you have any questions about our resources or services, just ASK US!
Revised September 2016