Who can access library services & spaces

The University of Arizona Libraries are academic libraries primarily serving university students, staff, and faculty. During public hours, non-reservable library spaces are open to the community.

Find what you can access

We’ve outlined what library services and spaces you can access based on your affiliation with the university, certain Arizona community colleges and universities, or the community.

What you can access may differ from what we’ve described based on your individual circumstances. Chat with a library staff member to clarify what services and spaces you can access.

University of Arizona

Currently enrolled undergraduate students can:

Honors students have additional privileges. They can:

  • Check out up to 250 books, journals, maps, or documents

Undergraduate students lose their library access and privileges and all items are due immediately upon graduating or leaving the university.

Currently enrolled graduate students can:

Graduate students lose their library access and privileges and all items are due immediately upon graduating or leaving the university.

Center for English as a Second Language (CESL) students who are not enrolled as University of Arizona undergraduate students can:

If you are a CESL student who is also enrolled as an undergraduate student at the University of Arizona, you can find more information about what you can access under “undergraduate students.”

CESL students can also apply for a library card to check out books, journals, and documents and use additional computers at the library.

CESL students cannot remotely access databases, borrow laptops and technology, or reserve rooms and spaces, even with a library card membership. 

Currently employed emeritus faculty and staff can:

Faculty and staff lose their library access and privileges and all items are due immediately upon leaving the university.

Spouses of University of Arizona faculty and staff can:

Spouses cannot remotely access databases, borrow laptops and technology, or reserve rooms and spaces, even with a library card membership. 

Faculty, staff, and their spouses will lose their library access and privileges and all items are due immediately upon leaving the university.

Faculty and staff who complete the official University of Arizona retirement process can:

Retired faculty and staff cannot borrow laptops and technology.

University of Arizona alumni can:

Alumni can also apply for a library card to check out books, journals, and documents and use additional computers at the library.

Alumni cannot remotely access databases, borrow laptops and technology, or reserve rooms and spaces, even with a library card membership. 

Designated Campus Colleagues (DCCs) are visiting scholars or special status faculty and staff.

Qualifying DCCs have unique access to library services and spaces. They can:

Community colleges & other universities

Students taking at least 1 credit at Pima Community College, Tohono O'odham Community College, Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, or schools that are members of the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) can:

They can also apply for a library card to:

Community college and university students cannot remotely access databases, borrow laptops and technology, or reserve rooms and spaces, even with a library card membership.

Do you attend a school that's not listed here? Go to "community members" to find more information about what you can access.

Faculty at Pima Community College, Tohono O'odham Community College, Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, or schools that are members of the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) can:

They can also apply for a library card to:

Community college and university faculty cannot remotely access databases, borrow laptops and technology, or reserve rooms and spaces, even with a library card membership.

Do you teach at a school that's not listed here? Go to "community members" to find more information about what you can access.

Community members

Community members can:

Community members can also apply for a library card to check out books, journals, and documents and use additional computers at the library.

Community members cannot remotely access databases, borrow laptops and technology, or reserve rooms and spaces, even with a library card membership.

With a community user 1 library card, you can:

Community members cannot remotely access databases, borrow laptops and technology, or reserve rooms and spaces, even with a library card membership.

With a community user 2 library card, you can:

Community members cannot remotely access databases, borrow laptops and technology, or reserve rooms and spaces, even with a library card membership.