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Visitors: Welcome to McFarlin!

Visitor Information

Is McFarlin Library open to the public?

  • We are a private, academic library. While Special Collections and the government repository are open to the general public, the rest of the McFarlin Library is not.
    • However, individuals are allowed one free visit per year or may choose to pay for a Library Associate Membership.
      • Visitors and other individuals who wish to use the library must sign in at the main desk. 
      • Visitors are allowed access to the building Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., provided the library is open.
    • The McFarlin Library is also open to prospective students

Please feel free to contact the library with any questions about access to our resources before your visit.

Information and Research Services

Library staff is available Monday-Friday 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. to show visitors how to connect to the wi-fi, navigate the library's website, answer questions about McFarlin's collections, do catalog searches at the research desk, and help find physical materials.

Computers, Databases and Printing

Can I use the library computers for research?

  • The University of Tulsa uses single sign-on for all of its desktop computers. As such, the library does not have computers available for regular visitor use.

Can I use my own device for research?

  • Yes, visitors have access to the campus-wide wi-fi network which they can connect to with their own devices. Our catalog is freely searchable for anyone with an internet connection.

Can I use the printer?

  • The library's printer also utilizes single sign-on and can only be used by current TU faculty, staff, and students. 
  • Members of the public who aren't interested in the McFarlin collections and are solely looking for a space to print can do so at any of the Tulsa City-County Library locations.

Can I use McFarlin Library's electronic databases?

  • Many of our library databases are restricted for use by current University of Tulsa faculty, students, and staff members only. However, there are several online databases that are available to all Oklahoma library users.

Library Associate Memberships

Visitors are allowed one free visit per year for research and evaluation purposes. Individuals interested in further use of the library may apply for a Library Associate Membership. Memberships allow persons not affiliated with TU the opportunity to access McFarlin Library on an ongoing basis.

Please note that access and circulation privileges do not include media checkout, interlibrary loan, or access to electronic databases. These services are restricted to current students, faculty, and staff.

Alumni Memberships: 

  • Access Only - Free 

  • Access + Circulation privileges - $65/year 

  • See our alumni page for information about obtaining circulation privileges. 

Memberships for students of other universities: 

  • Access Only - $100/year 

  • Access + Circulation privileges - $200/year 

  • Please remember to submit a copy of your student ID when applying for privileges. 

Memberships for individuals: 

  • Access Only - $120/year 

  • Access + Circulation privileges - $240/year

Members with circulation privileges may check out up to 10 books at a time. See McFarlin Library’s Fines page for information regarding our late return policies. 

To apply for a library membership, please email

Special Collections and University Archives

The Department of Special Collections and University Archives is open to the public. 

  • Entry into Special Collections is currently by appointment only. 

  • Special Collections open Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. barring holiday closings.  

  • For more information on accessing Special Collections, please check their website or call 918-631-2496. 

Government Repository

McFarlin is a public government repository.  

  • For access to the freely available materials in Government Documents, please check the information at the Documents website or call 918-631-2871. 

Note: The collection is currently inaccessible due to flood damage.