Alumni Borrowing Privileges
Alumni access to the physical collection is temporarily unavailable. The University Libraries continue to offer Interlibrary Loan services; we recommend reaching out to your local public library to see if they have ILL. We are happy to send items to another library if they send us a request. For questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you received a degree from the University at Albany, you are entitled to borrowing privileges as an alumni/ae. To register for borrowing privileges you must register in person at any of our three libraries’ circulation desks. You must present valid photo identification when you register. Since we have to verify your status in the University Registrar’s Alumni database, we strongly encourage you to visit us during regular business hours. (8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Mon. – Fri.) when staff with access to that database are available.
The SUNY Office of Library and Information Services provides remote access to two databases for alumni/ae. In addition, Alumni/ae who visit the University Library, on the uptown campus, may use nearly all of the hundreds of online databases on public computers. (Vendor licenses restrict off–campus access of these databases to current faculty, staff, and students.) We are also pleased to provide you with links to many free databases on a wide variety of topics.
Databases Subscribed to for Alumni
The SUNY Office of Library and Information Services provides access to two databases for alumni. These databases can be accessed remotely. However, in order to access these databases, Alumni must be members of the Alumni Association. Membership is free.
First time users must register first. To register for a username and password, please view the University at Albany Alumni Online Community page.
Once registered, an alumnus may browse these two databases:
- Academic Search - Alumni Edition Designed for the research needs of the post-college professional, this database includes the full text for 3,350 journals and indexing and abstracting for 8,200 journals.It is multidisciplinary.
- Business Source - Alumni Edition Designed for the research needs of the post-college business professional, this database includes the full text of 1,450 full text business magazines and journals. All areas of business are covered.
Alumni/ae who visit the University Library, on the uptown campus, may use nearly all of the hundreds of online databases on public computers. (Vendor licenses restrict off–campus access of these databases to current faculty, staff, and students.)
Alumni who are residents of New York state have access to a variety of databases through NOVEL NY, the New York Online Virtual Electronic Library. http://novelnewyork.org/
Alumni/ae are welcome to register for instructional sessions that focus on various technology applications. These classes are taught in our Innovate Make Create center.
We offer email and chat reference services seven days a week.