Frequently Asked Questions

Can Friends of the Library access your databases and e-journals from outside the library?


Friends of the Library and members of the public are welcome to use the U of M Libraries' 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 our libraries. You may read materials in the Libraries or make photocopies of needed pages.


Due to vendor licensing restrictions, access to many of the Libraries' databases and e-journals from outside a University library (e.g., from home or workplace) 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).

However, on-site access to most of these titles is available to all users from within a University library. Exceptions are those titles marked with the 'globe' graphic listed on our Free Indexes page (; they are publicly available on the Internet. Also, our catalog MNCAT ( is publicly available for searching, to identify books and journals that we own.


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