Alumni access policies in public university libraries

Authors: Natalie Burclaff and Johannes Britz

Summary: Reviews library open access policies in one US university system from the perspective of alumni. Includes good historical account of policy changes since 1970s.

Abstract: This paper explores the current library access policies for alumni at a public university system using document analysis, observations and interviews. We found that alumni are specifically addressed in only two library access policies, and borrowing privileges through cards, on-site access and restricted access to electronic resources are common elements in the policies for community users. There are opportunities to expand and standardize services, and we recommend addressing alumni in policies as a separate user group.


Burclaff, Natalie, and Johannes Britz. “Alumni Access Policies in Public University Libraries.” Inkanyiso, Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences 3, no. 1 (2011): 1–12.

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