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Resources for alumni

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Welcome back! Even though you've graduated, you still have access to some of the resources you were able to use while you were a student. This section highlights some of the resources that are still available to you as an alumnus, as well as some publicly available ones that are free for you to use.

Using SU Libraries

Alumni who have completed a degree program at Syracuse University or SUNY-ESF are eligible to check out materials from the Libraries. Alumni can borrow books for up to 28 days with a 20 item limit, and these items can be renewed up to 5 times. Compact discs can be borrowed for up to 7 days and videos/DVDs and games can be borrowed for up to 24 hours. Alumni may also use the Libraries' computers. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer interlibrary loan service to alumni.

Note: If you are a guest user who does not have a Syracuse University Account, and this is your first time signing in to Libraries Search, please contact

To obtain your Guest Borrower card, please present your Alumni ID card or photo ID at the Check Out desk.

For more information on our alumni loan policies, check Borrowing Process and Policies.

Due to licensing restrictions, alumni access to subscription databases, e-journals, and articles is only available on campus. Register at the Bird Library Check Out Desk to obtain a computer key to use.

Libraries Search can help you locate eBooks, journal articles, and other information resources that are published under an open access license. Open Access is a filter underneath the "Show Only" fact.

See the IT Answers page for more information on which IT resources are available to alumni.

Whether you're going back to school or doing personal or professional research, there are a number of citation managers that can help you to save, organize and cite your sources. Some freely available ones are:

  • Zotero - A free, open source citation manager that you can use to collect, organize and cite your references (including webpages) and create shared online libraries of sources for collaborative projects. For more information, check out our Zotero research guide.
  • Mendeley - A free, cloud-based citation manager tool provided by Elsevier that you can use to collect, organize and cite your references and create shared online libraries of sources for collaborative projects. For more information, check out our Mendeley research guide.
Public computer access

Once your SU NetID is deactivated after graduation, you will need to register as an alumni in order to use our public computers while on campus. Please visit the Alumni Office to secure the necessary credentials.

Wireless at SU

Alumni can get wireless access at SU by using the AirOrangeX network. For more information on accessing this network, please see the AirOrangeHelp website.


Find information about Guest/Visitor Printing.

We host a number of in-person exhibitions and events featuring materials from our collections, presentations and guest speakers. We would love to include you on our invitation list. We also regularly host virtual exhibitions and events that you can attend from the comfort of your own home or office. Sign up to be added to our mailing list.

Learn what's happening at the Libraries by receiving a complimentary subscription to Connection Magazine. Sign up to be added to our mailing list.

Many public libraries offer access to databases, electronic articles, interlibrary loan services and other materials similar to those at SU. Some may even let you use your library card to log on to their electronic resources offsite. Similar to SU, many college libraries allow members of the community to access their resources on-site. Check out these free online resources:

  • WorldCat – The world’s largest library catalog, it can help you locate books, journals, music, movies and more.
  • Subject Guide: Other Library Catalogs and Websites – View our own subject guide to find other libraries and resources throughout Syracuse, New York State and beyond.
  • HathiTrust Digital Library – Digitized print volumes with full-text downloads for items in public domain or not otherwise under copyright.

Below are some of the websites offering free online books to read and download.

  • Directory of Open Access Books – Indexes academic, peer-reviewed, open access books covering a wide variety of subjects.
  • Project Gutenberg – Contains thousands of free eBooks now in the public domain.
  • The Online Books Page – Features over a million free online books, hosted by the University of Pennsylvania Libraries.
  • Google Books – Provides many complete books and limited previews of others.

Though remote access to subscription databases is only available to current students or those on campus, there are still plenty of publicly available resources that you can use, including:

  • Directory of Open Access Journals – A “one stop shop” for thousands of scientific and scholarly journals, providing free and open access to peer-reviewed articles across a variety of subject areas and languages.
  • Google Scholar - Access or partial browsing of many scholarly articles.
  • SURFACE - open access to select scholarly, professional, scientific, and creative output produced at Syracuse University.

Alumni are welcome to access the Special Collections Research Center’s reference and collections services on the 6th floor of Bird Library as well as select digital collections, programs and exhibitions.

We are always looking to grow the Libraries' collection to include creative works and knowledge from alumni. If you've published a book, let us know by filling out our Suggest a Title form.

Check out a sampling of books written by our alumni.