Frequently Asked Questions
Can undergraduate students who are not currently enrolled in courses access your databases and e-journals from outside the library?
Unregistered undergraduate students are welcome to use the U-MN Libraries' resources on-site. The public is also welcome in our libraries for use of on-site collections and most facilities. We have structured our licensing agreements with database providers to make this possible. You do not need a card or pass to use our libraries. You may read materials in the Libraries or make photocopies of needed pages.
REMOTE ACCESS TO LIBRARIES' ELECTRONIC RESOURCES
Due to vendor licensing restrictions, access to many of the Libraries' databases 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). Although the University currently keeps student email accounts active (at no charge) for up to 5 years after the last registration, this extension of email privileges does not include remote access to licensed library resources.
Once you are listed in the U of M Student-Staff Directory (http://www.umn.edu/lookup) as being currently registered for classes, you should once again be entitled to remote access to library databases. To comply with our binding publisher license agreements, library access rights as reflected in one's University Internet account expire at the end of the last semester for which one is registered.
Please take advantage of our Free Indexes page (http://lib.umn.edu/site/free.phtml); they are publicly available on the Internet. Also, our catalog MNCAT Plus (http://mncat.lib.umn.edu/) is publicly available for searching, to identify books and journals that we own.
For further information regarding borrowing privileges, please contact the Borrowing Privileges and Fines Office at 612-624-3321.