U of M students, faculty, staff and retirees

Current University students, faculty, staff and retirees are eligible for direct borrowing privileges by getting a University of Minnesota ID card. Privileges include:

  • Maximum loan period for long-term loans:
    Undergraduate students 6 months (including initial 13 week loan)
    Graduate students 1 year (including initial 13 week loan)
    Faculty, staff, and retirees
    • UMTC & UMD items: Unlimited renewals
    • UMM & UMC items: 2 years (including initial 13 week loan)
  • Access to Get It, Recall, Interlibrary Loan & Digital Delivery
  • Full access to databases, indexes, full-text, and other digital resources on- and off-campus.
  • Undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, not registered for classes, but finishing up an incomplete class, senior paper, thesis, or research may apply for borrowing privileges by submitting an Application for Unregistered Students.
  • Faculty may request proxy privileges for research assistants by submitting an Application for a Proxy.

Alumni, visitors, and other users

All users are welcome to use most materials in the library. To borrow materials from the Libraries, alumni and other guests may:

  • Join the Friends of the Libraries
    • Minimum contribution level:
      • $80/year for individuals
      • $40/year for U of MN Alumni Association members ($30 for newly graduated students)
      • $250/year for corporations
      • $80/year for non-profit organizations
    • 50 check-out limit
    • Up to 3 months loan period
    • Recall privileges
    • Get It book delivery privileges
    • Renew or apply for borrowing privileges by submitting a completed Friends of the Libraries Application.
  • Qualify for special borrowing privileges.
    • Available to some users. Required documentation needed.
    • 50 check-out limit
    • Up to 3 months loan period
    • Recall privileges
    • Get It book delivery privileges
  • Does include on-site access to University Libraries databases, but not the remote access.
  • No Interlibrary Loan (ILL) or Digital Delivery privileges, but may obtain materials not held by University of Minnesota through your Minnesota public library via the MNLink Gateway (MN residents only).
  • Attorneys, law firms, and law students from Hamline, St. Thomas, and William Mitchell Universities may apply for borrowing privileges at the Law Library by contacting the Law Library Circulation Desk at 612-625-4300.