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Alumni & Visitors


We welcome guests and researchers from around the world. Learn how to enter the building, access our online resources and borrow materials.

Entering the Libraries

The Libraries are open and accessible to all, regardless of affiliation with Northwestern University. To enter the building, guests will need to present a valid photo ID.

Library hours differ for members of the general public. See the hours page for specific information.   

Northwestern alumni can gain access to the library during all open hours using an Alumni Association Card

Borrowing & Accessing Materials

Alumni and other visitors can access our catalog and online resources during their visit by using a temporary guest NetID. Access to online resources is only available on site with a valid guest NetID.

To borrow items, visitors must obtain a Borrower's Card, and alumni must obtain an Alumni Borrower's Card. Visit the Alumni Borrowing page to learn more.

See borrowing privileges information.

Academic & Professional Visitors

We have reciprocal borrowing agreements with University of ChicagoLoyola University of Chicago and University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) libraries. Students, faculty and staff from these institutions can borrow from the Northwestern University Libraries, and vice versa. Read agreement details.

Visitor Resources

Use these tools to plan your visit and find library materials and events.