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Alumni library access

Currently, there are no in-person alumni services, including stacks and facilities access. Refer to these FAQs for information about curbside access.

You qualify as alumni if you completed four or more degree credits at U of T, but are no longer a current student. As an alum, you access the library differently than when you were a student.

Online resources

You can access our e-books, online journals, and other electronic resources in person at a public access (LIRA) computer. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide remote access to our online resources to alumni. These may be requested through your local library’s interlibrary loan program.


The alumni reader and alumni research reader cards both offer borrowing privileges.  If your local library has an interlibrary loan program, you may use it to borrow from our collection.

Study space

Most libraries are open to the public for quiet study.

In Robarts, floors 1–5 and 8 are open to the public during regular hours.  Access does not include extended overnight hours.

Robarts stacks access

While many libraries have open book stacks, Robarts Library's stacks (floors 9 – 13) are restricted.  You may request materials from the stacks at the Loans Desk or get access with:

Research help

Many library research support services, including our email and chat services, will assist alumni to some extent. We can also refer you to other sources of research help.

More information

We would like to hear from you about your information and library needs, and about your experiences with our library so that we may serve you better!  Email us at