You did it! (Or your graduate did.) Congratulations. After four years (more or less) of hard work and long nights in PCL, you’ve earned your degree and are looking toward the next phase of life as you head out into the world.
And though your time at UT has officially come to a close, you’ll still have some access to library resources on which you’ve come to rely through the summer.
Hold on to your student ID card, as you’ll retain privileges through the following summer. These privileges include:
- regular student check-out privileges
- access to interlibrary loan services
- access to most UT Libraries electronic resources
- use of study rooms, carrels. or lockers under the same guidelines that apply to enrolled students
- online renewal
Your privileges will remain active until the 12th day of classes in the fall semester.
Courtesy Borrower Privileges
There are several options for getting a Courtesy Borrower card:
Join the Texas Exes
There are several alumni membership levels available–sign up quick, recent grads get special deals! After you’ve joined, bring a photo ID to Courtesy Borrower Services to apply for your card. You’ll also get remote access to three article databases, Academic Search Alumni Edition, Business Source Alumni Edition, and JSTOR Alumni Edition.
Get a TexShare card
The TexShare Library Card Program is a reciprocal borrowing program, coordinated by the Texas State Library, which provides access to materials from many Texas libraries. If you’re a patron in good standing at a participating public library, you can get a TexShare card from that library and bring it to Courtesy Borrower Services to apply for your UT Libraries courtesy card. While the card is free, each participating library has its own qualifications for eligibility. For example, Austin Public Library requires their patrons to be in good standing for a period of six months before qualifying for a TexShare card. Check with your local library for details.
Are you a Texas resident?
If you are a Texas resident, but you don’t qualify for a TexShare card, just bring proof of address, a photo ID, and $100 to Courtesy Borrower Services to apply for borrowing privileges at UT Libraries.
Courtesy borrowers can:
- check out print and media materials from all UT library branches
- access most electronic databases from onsite library workstations
- access online renewal and recall services
Courtesy borrowers cannot:
- access databases remotely
- check out equipment
- use interlibrary loan services
- access Jamail Center for Legal Research, the Harry Ransom Research Center, or the Center for American History
For additional resources, bookmark the “Access the Library After Graduation” LibGuide.