University Island: Alumni & Community Users

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.


Library Card

Community users (members of the general public) must acquire a Library card 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 along with Photo ID and proof of address to staff at the Service Desk, forms are also available from the desk. Community users under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian sign the registration form, they must also be present at time of registration and have Photo ID with them.

The Library card is free but it will expire after 1 year, where you are required to update contact information for renewal.

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 Robertson Library, 902-566-0583,

Borrowing Material

Community users may have up to 20 books on their account at any one time. Books can be borrowed for 28 days, with 5 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 are renewed automatically but are subject to recall. 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 certain electronic equipment on reserve.

Library Catalogue

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.

Electronic Databases
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.

Computers/Wireless Access

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. Coin is only available 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 photocopy card. Printing cost 10 cents per side for black & white and 50 cents per side for colour.  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 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 March 2021