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Beginning January 4th, the library building will only be open for AU faculty, students, and staff. We plan to resume alumni access on Monday, January 31st. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Off-Site Services

Due to licensing limitations, many of our electronic resources are available only to currently enrolled students and are not accessible to alumni; however, AU alumni can access the databases listed below. To do so, click on the following links and use the AU Sign In, entering AU alumni username (omitting and password when prompted. 

Contact if you need help establishing an AU alumni email account.

Establishing Your AU Alumni Account for borrowing AU Library Books

Please see the Visitor Services page for important instructions before visiting Bender Library. We are pleased offer AU alumni lifetime AU book borrowing privileges as well as a host of other services. Please visit the Circulation and Course Reserves Desk to set up an account.

Alumni library borrowing account creation is available on-site Monday-Thursday: 9am-7pm, Friday: 9am-5pm, and Sat and Sun: 11am-5pm (unless the library is closed or closes earlier than those times).

Alumni ID Cards

For your convenience, the Office of Housing & Dining does provide AU Alumni ID cards. These cards have a personalized barcode for checking out books.

Borrowing Privileges

Alumni can borrow up to 25 books at a time from the AU Library for 4 weeks. Books can be renewed using your My Library Account, by phone, or in person. Consortium borrowing is not available to alumni; however, books can be requested via interlibrary loan at a rate of $25.00 per item.

On-Site Services

Alumni may use Bender Library until closing, or until 11:00pm when the library is open later for students. You are welcome to use all library services on-site, including accessing online journals and databases as well as obtaining professional assistance from reference librarians and subject specialists. To use electronic resources and the Internet, you will need to show your Alumni ID or other valid photo ID at the Borrowing Desk for a daily use log-in.


If you have any questions about your alumni privileges, please contact Circulation:
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