Guest User Privileges

We welcome the use of our collections by individuals not affiliated with Hope College, under certain conditions.

Library Card

  • Guest Registration fee is $30 per year, with a $2 charge to replace a lost card
  • Fill out a Guest Registration form at the circulation desk
    • You must have a Michigan address and be in 9th grade or older
    • You must have a Michigan driver’s license or other government issue ID
  • Fee-exempt cards are available to certain Hope-related groups, such as alumni and family members
  • Your library card may be used at Van Wylen Library and at the Beardslee Library of Western Theological Seminary

Item Limits

  • You may borrow up to 50 items at a time
  • Different material types have different loan periods
  • If you lose an item or keep it past its due date, overdue fines and other restrictions will apply
  • Borrowing privileges are suspended when any money is owed to the library

Renewing Items

  • Log into your account in the library catalog to renew materials yourself
  • For assistance, call 395-7905 or bring the item to the circulation desk and we will renew it for you

Placing Holds

  • Placing holds on materials prevents anyone else from renewing or borrowing them
  • To place a hold on an item yourself, find it in the library catalog and click the Place a Hold link
  • To have us place a hold for you, call 395-7905 or ask at the circulation desk

Restrictions for Guest Users

  • Limited use of the library computers (you may use computers on the 1st floor for library research when logged in by Research Help Desk staff)
  • No wireless access
  • No Interlibrary Loan privileges (you may request materials through MeL)
  • The TechLab is unavailable to guest users
  • To make photocopies, you must pay 10 cents per page