Answered By: UAlbany Libraries
Last Updated: Jul 12, 2021     Views: 355

COVID-19 Update:  Alumni access to the physical collection and library buildings is temporarily unavailable. The University Libraries continue to offer Interlibrary Loan services; we recommend reaching out to your local public library to see if they have ILL. We are happy to send items to another library if they send us a request. For questions, please email


Under normal circumstances, alumni are welcome to visit the University Library in person and use our resources, including research databases, on-site.  Until campus restrictions lift, alumni access to the library buildings is unavailable.

Due to database licensing restrictions, off-campus access (remote access) to our research databases is limited to current UAlbany students, faculty, and staff with a valid NetID.

Alumni Association:

There is a small suite of alumni databases that can be accessed off-campus (remotely) which includes Academic Search Alumni Edition and Business Source Alumni Edition. These special alumni databases are part of the SUNYConnect program which provides access to information resources for all 64 SUNY campuses. You will need to join the Alumni Association and visit their website to gain access to these databases.

Beyond SUNY:

Alumni who are residents of New York state have access to a variety of databases remotely through NOVEL NY, the New York Online Virtual Electronic Library

New York State residents may also apply for a New York Public Library Card to access select NYPL databases remotely.