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Alumni Resources

Accessing Library Databases

A Northwestern NetID is required to access secure online resources. Alumni can request temporary NetIDs to access resources on a library computer by visiting a library service desk.

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Obtain a Borrower's Card

Alumni who live in the Chicago area are eligible for borrowing privileges at Northwestern Libraries.

For borrowing privileges, please fill out our online form to begin the application process.

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An alumni borrower’s card costs $25 per year for alumni with a Northwestern degree and $50 per 3-months for alumni without a Northwestern degree.

Borrowing privilege details

  • Loan period: 4-week loan period, except for items on reserve for a class, which are not included in this borrowing program. All books are subject to recall with a guaranteed loan period of one week. DVDs and videos from the Mitchell Multimedia Center can be borrowed for 7 days.
  • Renewals: Items can be renewed three times, either in person or via NUsearch, the online library catalog system. After the third remote renewal, books must be brought in to start a new loan. 
  • Fines, fees and penalties: Northwestern does not charge daily fines on regular loan books. If a recalled book is overdue, or a regular loan item exceeds the loan grace period, it is considered "lost." A $125 replacement charge is applied, and the patron account is blocked from further transactions. 
A Borrower's Card does not grant access to Northwestern Libraries' online databases, but visitors can obtain a Guest NetID for database access using library computers. A Borrower's Card also does not grant access to Northwestern interlibrary loan.

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