Accessing Library Resources After Graduation

May 10, 2024
SDSU students jumping for joy outside the library

Graduating this spring and want to know how you can continue to access library materials when you are no longer enrolled? 

You are welcome in the library! Feel free to bring your laptop or tablet and access our online resources using our free Wi-Fi, either in the building or outside in the plaza. 

Please note that as an alum, your off-campus access to SDSU resources becomes limited. Licensing agreements and restrictions the library has with electronic databases make it impossible for us to offer off-campus access to these proprietary electronic resources.

We recommend you access electronic materials at home by using the rich resources offered by public libraries. If you're sticking around San Diego, both the San Diego City Public Library and San Diego County Public Library offer a number of electronic  resources you can access from home. Simply get a free public library card for either or both of these library systems and use these library cards to get off-site access to valuable databases, even some that SDSU does not offer.

You can also borrow books that SDSU owns through the Circuit system, which allows users to request books from SDSU through their public library account and those books get delivered to their local branch free of charge.  If you have a card from the city or county library, you can take advantage of this sharing program and borrow items for free from SDSU.

Alternatively, you can become a lifetime member of the Alumni Association and check out books from SDSU directly.  More information for Alumni and Community Users and purchasing an alumni card.

As SDSU alumni you are important to the campus and to the library. We hope you will take advantage of the resource sharing programs that in which SDSU participates with the local public libraries to continue to  access the information you need.  From all of us at the library, congratulations on your graduation, good luck in the future and please come back and see us soon!

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