After graduation

Your access will stay the same until a new semester begins and you are no longer a student. For example, if you are graduating in December your access will stay the same through mid-January. If you graduate in May your access will stay the same until the following semester begins.

Free resources through the library

Those resources in our Subject Guides that do not have the padlock symbol next to them are free to use and do not require a UMN ID and password. 

Membership in UMN Alumni association

Access to two databases

  • Academic Search Alumni edition
  • Business Source Alumni edition

Friends of the Library*

Borrowing privileges and unlimited access to the University Libraries’ public workstations (which includes onsite access to electronic journal, magazine, and newspaper subscriptions) at all Twin Cities campus libraries.

  • Fees
    • $30.00 the first year after graduation
    • U of M alumni association members $40.00
    • $80.00 for borrowing privileges to non UMAA members
    • $250 for organizations ($80 non-profit)
    • for more information on the Friends of the Library visit

Graduates who stay in MN - The Electronic Library for Minnesota provides Minnesota residents with online access to magazine, journal, newspaper & encylopedia artices, and ebooks -  request U of M material through your public libraries interlibrary loan

Graduates who leave the state

Local public library interlibrary loan

*Please note: being a friend of the library is never going to be like the good old days of being a UMN student.  While friends are welcome to access most electronic databases at library workstations, licensing issues with our database vendors prevent us from offering remote access to these resources.  The licenses of a few databases also require us to limit on-site access to UMN students, faculty, and staff.