My Library Account


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My Library Account on TOPCAT

You can access your TOPCAT library account by entering your barcode number and PIN (Patron Identification Number). After logging in, you can:

  • View a list items you currently have checked out
  • View the status of your holds and requests
  • View outstanding fines
  • Renew items

Using your student ID and barcode

CSU ID Card

Your Stritch ID card acts as your library card. With it, you can:

  • Borrow items from the Cardinal Stritch University Library
  • Request and borrow items from SWITCH libraries
  • Access Cardinal Stritch University electronic resources remotely
  • Access your library account online

Finding your barcode online

If you do not have a Stritch ID card or do not have access to it at the moment, you can find your barcode on MyStritch.

  1. Login to MyStritch
  2. Click Personal Info on the top of the page
  3. Click Get your library barcode information
  4. Print the page for use in the library, or make note of the 14-digit barcode number

About your Password

NoteAt the start of the business day, Monday June 15, 2015, you can go to http://topcat.switchinc.org to access your new TOPCAT account. The first time you log in, you will need to enter in a default username and password.

All members of the Stritch community should use these credentials to login to the new TOPCAT for the first time.

  • Username: your CSU barcode
  • Password: changeme

Creating a Password

  1. In the "Barcode or Username field" enter the barcode number found on the front of your Stritch ID card
  2. In the "Password" field, enter "changeme"
  3. Once logged in, go to "change your password" and create a new password.

Tips for creating a password

  • A password must be at least 6 characters long
  • A password can contain letters and numbers
  • The password is case sensitive

What if I forgot my password?

Call the Reference Desk at (414) 410-4257.