Visitor Privileges

Our materials (physical and electronic collections) are available to anyone for use in the library.  However, borrowing privileges for visitors are limited in order to ensure that W&M faculty, staff, and students have the resources they need. 

If you need to check out materials, please visit the circulation desk. For more information about which items visitors may check out, see our Visitor Library Card Policy.

Residents of Williamsburg, James City County or York County receive free visitor library cards to Swem Library.

Visitors are responsible for:

  • returning all materials by the due date
  • reading and responding to all library notices
  • notifying us if your card is lost or stolen
  • paying all fines and fees for overdue or unreturned items
  • notifying us of any changes in your contact information


Contact the circulation desk or read our Visitor Library Card Policy.