Q. How do I check out books if I'm not a student or employee?
If you are not a Gannon student or employee, there are four other ways to receive a card:
- Community Cards: If you have never been a student or graduate of Gannon University and live in Erie County, you are able to purchase a community card for $10. These cards follow the same rules as an alumni card: They last for a year from the date they are purchased, may be renewed and two books can be checked out at a time and renewed twice each.
- Alumni Cards: If you have graduated from either Gannon University or Villa Maria College, you can pay $5 for an alumni card. These can be used for one full year, and they can be renewed for an additional $5 fee at the end of that period. With an alumni card, two books may be checked out at a time, and they can be renewed twice each.
- Non-Gannon High School Student Cards: If you are a high school or college student in Erie County, you may apply for a non-Gannon student card. For non-Diocesan students, these cards cost $5 and are valid for the current academic year. Two books may be checked out at a time, and they may be renewed twice each. Students at Diocesan high schools, which are Cathedral Preparatory School, Villa Maria Academy and Mercyhurst Preparatory School, receive cards for no charge.
- Non-Gannon College Student Cards: If you currently attend one of four eligible area colleges, you may also receive a non-Gannon student card. The qualifying schools are: Mercyhurst College, Penn State University - Behrend Campus, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and Allegheny College. These cards are also valid until the end of the current academic year and can be used to check out two books at a time, which can be renewed twice each. Cards for students at those four colleges are free of charge. All other area technical school students must apply for community cards.
To apply for one of those four library card types, please inquire at the service desk, which is located just beyond the library's entrance.
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