Polytechnique students and staff can borrow laptops to use in the Library for 4 hours. MS Office, Antidote (a grammar checker and writing assistant in French), and the bibliographic management tool EndNote are installed on these computers.
The members of the Polytechnique community can use the Library workstations by signing in with their ID and password. The walk-in users can request a guest account at the Circulation Desk to be able to use the workstations. This account will be valid for the day.
You can borrow and reserve books with your Polytechnique ID card (student card). Consult the web page Borrow for information on check out terms and conditions.
You can reserve online a document borrowed by another user. To do this, in the Library catalogue, click "My Account" and sign in, find the respective book and click "Reserve Document".
You will receive an email notification when the document becomes available and you will be able to retrieve it at the Library Circulation Desk during the next 5 days.
Loans can be renewed up to five times. After the last authorized extension, the document must be returned to the Library. Renewal can be denied if the document has been requested by another user, if it is late, if it has already been renewed five times, if your account balance is too high or if your library account has expired or is not in good standing. You can renew a loan through the web page Renew.
Your Library account allows you to see what items you have checked out, renew the documents you borrowed, and reserve other documents. To access your Library account, enter your Polytechnique ID card.
Some instructors set aside certain mandatory or recommended materials in the Course Reserve, located behind the Circulation Desk. For a list of these documents, enter the course code or name in the Library catalogue, under the Course reserve tab. If you do not know the acronym or the name of your course, find it in Répertoire des cours et horaires (in French only).
To borrow a document on reserve, show your Polytechnique ID card at the Circulation Desk and ask for the document by mentioning its call number. Documents on reserve are available for a 4 hour loan period for use only inside the Library.
Library users can obtain documents that are not available at the Polytechnique Library by using their:
Ask for your BCI card at the Polytechnique Library Circulation Desk before visiting another library.
Consult Other Library Catalogues to search for the document you are looking for and to learn if it is available before heading to another library.
The documents required for research and teaching that are not part of the Library collection can be obtained by Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Consult the guide for details concerning registration, access, and document requests.
Polytechnique students and staff can borrow an iPad from the Circulation Desk for 3 days on first-come, first-served basis. Reservations and renewals are not available for the iPads.
Don't hesitate to contact our Reference Desk.