Guest NetIDs and Computer Access
A Northwestern NetID is required to access secure online resources. Those without a NetID can obtain a temporary or "guest" NetID by visiting a Library Service desk.
Guest NetIDs work on all public computers except those in the John P. McGowan Information Commons. They are valid for 2 hours. Guests who need additional time must meet with a library staff member for a research consultation to certify that their research needs require access to computer resources. Alumni with an Alumni Association Card, Northwestern University borrowers with a current Borrower's Card and current students/staff/faculty from another college or university with a current University ID can request extended access at the Information Commons desk in the University Library.
Find service desks
Guest IDs can be requested from service desks in the following locations.
Evanston campus service desks
- John P. McGowan Information Commons: Level 1, University Library
- Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections: Level 3, Deering Library
- Seeley G. Mudd Library: 2233 Tech Drive (Note that Guest IDs are only issued during Summer and Intersessions)
Chicago campus service desks
- Schaffner Library: Wieboldt Hall, 340 East Superior Street