Frequently Asked Questions
Can Minnesota residents access University Libraries' databases from outside the library?
Unfortunately, due to vendor licensing restrictions, access to many of the Libraries' databases and other electronic resources from outside a University library (e.g., from home or office) is limited to current students (in credit-earning courses), staff, and faculty at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. This is a non-negotiable part of the contracts we sign (and there are no fee-for-access options for persons not affiliated with the University).
Members of the public, however, are welcome to use the U of M Libraries' electronic resources "on-site". We have structured our licensing agreements with database providers to make this possible. The public is also welcome in our libraries for use of on-site collections and most facilities. One does not need a card or pass to enter and use the Libraries. A list of campus libraries and their locations can be accessed at:
Also, our catalog MNCAT ( http://www.lib.umn.edu ) is publicly available for searching, to identify books and journals that we own.
Metro residents might also want to consult the links to electronic resources available at local public and county libraries at: