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Library Privileges: Alumni

Borrowing privileges refers to checking out books and other materials such as CDs and DVDs. Residents of Pennsylvania and University alumni living in Pennsylvania and elsewhere enjoy the same borrowing privileges. As a Pennsylvania resident all you have to do is present a valid ID and a borrower’s card will be issued. Residents of other states do not enjoy the same privileges unless they are Penn State alumni. When out-of-state alumni wish to borrow materials, the requirement is valid ID plus membership in the Alumni Association, substantiated by a membership card. A resident of Pennsylvania, who is also a member of the Alumni Association, may be issued an alumni borrowing card if the Association membership card is presented.

Database Access

Additionally, Alumni Association members may take advantage of a growing number of databases! Visit the Alumni Library's Members Only Research Tools page for a listing of databases and instructions for accessing.

Access to the databases is made available through  a partnership between the University Libraries and the Penn State Alumni Association. As a Penn State Alumni Association member, you will have access to a selection of online databases not available to the general public. These include Ebsco's Academic Search, JSTOR, Project MUSE, ProQuest ABI, and ProQuest National Newspaper.  Users must enter their name and 10-digit membership ID to log in.  No library card is required for that access.

Access to other University Libraries’ databases and online resources is generally available on site at any Penn State Library; no library card is required for such access. Remote access to these resources is limited by licensing restrictions to University students and employees.