Eligibility Policy

How do I apply for visitor borrowing privileges?

To be eligible for visitor borrowing privileges, you must live in Williamsburg, James City County or York County, or be a member of one of the organizations listed below.

To apply, you must come to the circulation desk and present a current picture ID with a Williamsburg, James City County or York County address. If you are a member of one of the affiliations listed below, you must provide proof of current membership with the appropriate organization.

Which patrons are eligible for free Swem library borrowing privileges?

Simply present a picture ID and proof of current membership in one of the following:

  • W&M Board of Visitors
  • Campus ministers
  • Christopher Wren Association members
  • Colonial Williamsburg Foundation employees
  • Government Document borrowers
  • Jamestown-Yorktown/APVA research staff
  • Jefferson Lab employees
  • Muscarelle Museum docents
  • National Center for State Courts research staff
  • President's Council members
  • Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program (OCLC-sponsored program)
  • REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) Summer Program
  • Shakespeare Festival
  • Sir Francis Nicholson Society members
  • Sir Robert Boyle Society members
  • St. Leo's College current students
  • Tidewater Consortium student or faculty
  • Virginia Consortium for Professional Psychology
  • Virginia Consortium of Engineering & Science University
  • Virginia Teachers
  • VIVA
  • Volunteers at W&M
  • W&M alumni
  • W&M/VIMS faculty's spouses, partners and children
  • William & Mary Center for Archaeological Research (WMCAR)
  • Williamsburg Regional Library current employees

I’m not a member of any of those organizations. Can I still apply for a Swem borrowing privileges?

Unfortunately, you must fall into one of these categories or live in Williamsburg, James City County or York County to receive borrowing privileges.