Services for Alumni

All alumni of Brandeis University are welcomed back to use the Library’s resources and services as detailed below.


Alumni can access our catalog and online resources during their visit on any public computer in the library using the guest account option. To borrow materials from Brandeis Library, alumni must be supporting members of the Brandeis Alumni Association. Members are given an electronic alumni card that can be shown to Information & Borrowing Desk to create your library account.  Alumni cards can be obtained by making a supporting member gift through the Alumni Office

Item Type Loan Period Renewals
General Stacks Books 60 Days 2 Renewals
DVD & Media 7 Days 2 Renewals
Recreational Reading 60 Days 2 Renewals
  • Alumni may borrow 10 items at a time

  • Alumni are not able to borrow laptops and equipment

  • Alumni are responsible for any fines and fees accrued due to overdue or lost materials. Alumni with over $50 in fines cannot borrow until their balance is brought below $50. For more information visit Fines and Fees.

Interlibrary Loan and Boston Library Consortium

Alumni cannot request materials through Interlibrary Loan and Scan on Demand or obtain a Boston Library Consortium Card. However, many local public libraries offer interlibrary loan and consortial borrowing services.

Electronic Resources

Brandeis Library subscribes to over 400 databases, most of which are limited to students, faculty, staff, and walk-in users. Alumni can browse our extensive collection of online resources during their visit on any public computer in the library using the guest account option. Brandeis Library licenses a limited number of paid databases for alumni. Visit our Resources for Alumni guide for licensed and openly available resources. 

Research Help

Research librarians are available in-person, as well as by phone (781-736-4627), email, and chat. Check our service hours.

Printing, Scanning, and Copying

Free scanners are available in the InfoCommons on level 1 of Goldfarb. Copy/Printing cards can be purchased at the Information & Borrowing Desk with a credit card.