Library Services for Alumni

Welcome to the Humboldt State University Library. The following services are available to Humboldt State University alumni.

In-Library Use of Materials

Most of the Humboldt State University Library book stacks are open to the public, and the online HSU Library Catalog, which contains access information for most of the resources housed in the Library, may be searched from any location on or off campus. In-library use of most materials does not require a Library ID card. Use of some protected collections, including Print Reserves and the special Case Collection, requires either a Library ID card or a photo ID such as a driver's license. You must have a Library ID card to view videos and DVDs and to listen to CDs in the Library's Media Resources Area.

In-Library Use of Databases and Online Journals

The Library’s databases and online journals are available without logon at computers marked “Quick Reference.” Access to most internet resources and commercial email is blocked at these computers. Options available for full internet access in the Library are described under Computer Use. Off-site use of databases and online journals is available only for current students, faculty, and staff.

Library ID Card

To check out books and other circulating materials, you must have a Library ID card made at the ID OfficeAlumni Members of Forever Humboldt may borrow from the Library as a benefit of membership, but must obtain a Library ID card for a $5 fee. Note that access to search/hold and interlibrary loan services and remote access to licensed electronic databases are not available to alumni. Library ID cards must be renewed every year on July 1st, but there is no charge for renewal.

Loan Periods

Loan periods for books from the main stacks are three weeks with up to three renewals per item if no hold/or recalls are placed.  Loan periods for other materials (CDs, DVDs, maps, periodicals, etc.) are limited.

Computer Use

Alumni members of Forever Humboldt who have obtained a Library ID card are eligible to receive a computer login allows 2 hours per day of internet usage on selected library computers. Ask for your login at the Campus ID Office when you receive your Alumni Library ID card.

Alumni members of Forever Humboldt who do not wish to purchase a Library ID card for borrowing may use the internet from within the HSU Library registering as a short-term Community Internet User (CIU) at the Checkout Desk. A CIU user is allowed a maximum of one hour of open internet access each day. These username and password are valid for up to 3 months.  Printing is available for registered community users.

Open Access Databases

The Library maintains a listing of high quality open access databases that are available to everyone on or off campus.


In addition to presentations and poetry readings that are scheduled throughout the year, the HSU Library hosts annual events which faculty, staff, students, and alumni are invited to attend.

The annual HSU Authors Celebration honors HSU authors for their scholarship and creative work, including published articles, books, book chapters, special issues of journals, substantive encyclopedia entries, poetry, musical compositions, audio recordings, film/video recordings, and art exhibition catalogs. A bibliography  will be compiled annually. Any member of the Humboldt State University community, including authors themselves, may submit the names of faculty, staff, students, and alumni using this form.

The HSU Authors Hall, a circulating collection of books, CDs, and DVDs, is located in the Helen Everett Reading Room on the Library’s second floor. Copyright permitting, articles and other digital works may be added to Humboldt Digital Scholar.