Answered By: Daniel Matthes Last Updated: Sep 22, 2016 Views: 184
Alumni have free borrowing privileges at the University of Winnipeg’s Library when they present their alumni card (which may be freely obtained through the Alumni Affairs Office) and valid photo ID to the library staff at the Circulation Desk. The first time an alumnus presents his or her card, the library staff will create a patron record and place a library barcode on the card, thus enabling the alumnus to sign out library materials.
Please note the following:
- Alumni only have access to the books from the Library’s main collection (Main Stacks).
- The Library’s databases are not available off-campus for alumni; however, all computers on campus allow full access to our database subscriptions
- The alumni card does not provide a login to the computers. An alumnus may register for a guest account which allows temporary access to the computers and printers for 30 minutes. A second 30-minute session may be permitted during non-peak hours.
- Alumni remote access to the database should be allowed. We are more entitled to access the database than any public user of library computers. Public access to the library computers does not protect or ensure appropriate use of the data.
I spent 5 years in that library and it was my source of reference in my countless researches. I don't see how restricting remote access is necessary.
this is my personal opinion, and i'd really like that to change.
- Thank you for your comment. Database access is limited by the library's license agreements with our vendors. If we could provide Alumni access under these agreements, we absolutely would. You might consider using open access journals to continue exploring your research areas. These journals are still of very high quality, but are not restricted in the same way as library database subscriptions. You can search a huge range of topics in the Directory of Open Access Journals: https://doaj.org/