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Services for Alumni

Welcome to the Cal Poly Humboldt Library. The following services are available to Cal Poly Humboldt alumni.

In-Library Use of Materials

Most of the Cal Poly Humboldt Library book stacks are open to the public, and the online, OneSearch, 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 Course Reserves and the Special Collections, requires either a Library ID card or a photo ID such as a driver's license. 

Library ID Card

Alumni may borrow books and other circulating materials from the Library as a benefit of membership. To checkout items from the Library, a Library ID is required and can be issued at the Library checkout desk for a $5 fee. Note that access to resource sharing services and remote access to licensed electronic databases are not available to alumni. Library ID cards must be renewed annually, but there is no charge for renewal.

Loan Periods

Loan periods for books and other materials vary.

Internet and Database Use

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.

Off-site use of databases is available only for current students, faculty, and staff.

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 Cal Poly Humboldt Library hosts annual events which faculty, staff, students, and alumni are invited to attend.

The annual Cal Poly Humboldt Authors Celebration honors campus 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 Cal Poly Humboldt community, including authors themselves, may submit the names of faculty, staff, students, and alumni using this form.

The Cal Poly Humboldt 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.