Frequently Asked Questions
Can members of the public access your databases and e-journals?
Members of the public are welcome to use the U-MN 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.
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).
There are several indexes and databases that do not have the same license restrictions; see our Free Indexes page.
Also, our catalog MNCAT is publicly available for searching, to identify books and journals that we own.
On-site Access to Libraries' Electronic Resources
Visitors will need a computer access card to log into library computers and access our databases. Just ask at any of our service desks. The card comes with two hours of use per day, it is valid for six months, and it is renewable.