Graduated or about to graduate? Wondering what it means for your library access? Once you are no longer a current student, staff, or faculty member of the University of Minnesota your library access will change.

After graduation

Your access will stay the same until a new semester begins and you are no longer a student. 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 fall semester begins. 

Alumni Association members

Alumni Association members have remote access to two databases, with thousands of academic journals, trade publications, company profiles, market research reports, and more. Access is available 4-6 business days after you join the Alumni Association. 

Friends of the Libraries

Membership includes 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. While friends are welcome to access most electronic databases at library workstations, licensing agreements with our database vendors prevent us from offering remote access to these resources. 

Benefits and Membership levels

Graduates who stay in Minnesota

The University Libraries are open to the public and visitors are welcome. For more information about visiting the libraries, please see our Visitor Access page.

The Electronic Library for Minnesota provides Minnesota residents with online access to magazine, journal, newspaper & encylopedia artices, and ebooks.

Use MNLINK to request items from University Libraries through your public library interlibrary loan service.

Graduates who leave Minnesota

Request materials through your local library interlibrary loan service.

Open access literature

Open access is free public online access to research literature for all readers.

Search the libraries and refine by "Open Access" under the Availability heading.

Install Unpaywall (Chrome Extension) to identify open access literature.

Use the Open Access Button to find or request available research.