Answered By: Sara Marks
Last Updated: Aug 06, 2019     Views: 135

Our alumni have limited access to UMass Lowell resources. 

First, you want to get your Alumni ID Card to be able to check out print books from the library. When you get on campus, go to the Information Desk at either library to register your card. Make sure you bring a valid state ID or driver's license. You can find out more about borrowing privileges at the library's webpage. We can't provide you with inter-library loan services, but contact your local public library and they can request books and articles through their ILL service. 

EBooks are accessible on campus for you to view and print the chapters or sections you need.

You are welcome to visit one of our libraries on campus to use all our databases. We are unable to provide remote, off-campus access to alumni at this time. 

Additionally, here are some options for database searching:

  • All UMass, State University, and Community College libraries are open to the public to visit. You can go to any of these libraries and request to use a computer to do your research. Not all resources are available across each college or university so check on their webpage before going over.
  • The Boston Public Library's ecard is available to everyone in the state and gives you access to their database collection. You can access these online without ever having to go to the BPL.
  • Your public library should have a selection of databases. Not every library has a large collection of databases, so check their webpage first. Many can be accessed from your home with your local library card.
  • Google Scholar remains one of the best sources for scholarly literature. Work with your local public library's Interlibrary Loan (ILL) program to get full text of articles.