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About Your Wildcard

Wildcards and NU-issued ID Cards have varying privileges on and around campus. (If you're not sure which card you have, you can view images of different card types).

Card Types and associated privileges.
Card Type Shuttle Privileges Library Privileges IT Labs Access Banking Wildcard Advantage
Wildcard: Students
Faculty & Staff
X X X X X
Wildcard: Spouse/Partner of Faculty & Staff X X X X X
Wildcard: Affiliate X X X X X
ID Card: Contractor Evanston Loop
Campus Loop
X* X
ID Card: Part-Time/Temporary Employee Evanston Loop
Campus Loop
X* X

*To borrow library materials, you must visit the Main Library Circulation Desk to have a special barcode sticker affixed to your ID card.

Students, faculty & staff

You will also use your Wildcard for the following:

  • Make deposits and other transactions at Bursar's Office or Norris University Center Cashier's Office
  • Purchase tickets for music and theater performances
  • Purchase a parking permit
  • Pick up keys for student groups at Norris Main Desk
  • Henry Crown Sports Pavilion and Aquatic Center admittance
  • Meal plans (See the Northwestern Dining Website for answers to your meal plan questions.)
  • Undergraduate seating at sporting events (students only)
  • Student Health Service (students only)

Learn more about your Wildcard