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Services for Alumni, Staff, and the Public: Services for Alumni, Staff, and the General Public

Library resources and services for SXU alumni and staff and the general public

SXU Alumni and Staff

SXU alumni

The Library offers a special welcome to alumni and staff of Saint Xavier University. 

The following section describes the services available according to patron type, based upon our contractual arrangements with various commercial and consortial partners.


Current staff can use the Library's databases on and off campus by verifying access with their campus credentials.

Alumni who have registered with Alumni Relations for new ID cards can access our databases from the library workstations. While Alumni can use the Library's computers to access our databases and electronic books, licensing agreements with database publishers and vendors preclude the off-campus use of our databases and e-books by Alumni.

In addition, Alumni have access to the included fulltext journal articles, but cannot request journal articles beyond those found in our aggregator databases using our Borrow From Other Libraries service; they should request external journal articles through their local public library.

Alumni who have not registered with the University can use a variety of public domain tools from off campus, and should contact their public libraries which often offer many fulltext databases from home once users register for a public library card.

SXU BOOKS: With a valid Cougar Card, alumni and staff can borrow an unlimited number of books from the SXU Library. The borrowing period is eight weeks, and items may be renewed once. Four movies from the Library may be borrowed for fourteen days, and items may not be renewed.


Staff with a valid Cougar Card can use the Library's I-Share and interlibrary-loan services to request materials nationwide. 

Alumni must contact their local public library for non-SXU books. Due to CARLI network restrictions, Alumni accounts are not active in the I-Share consortial libraries delivery system.

General Public

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni of Saint Xavier University have priority access to the Library and its resources.

Affiliated researchers: Scholars with valid IDs from participating CARLI reciprocal libraries have permission to use our paper book collection on-site. Book lending services are available to patrons of other I-Share university libraries in accordance with the agreements that the Library has established with those institutions. After 6:30pm, CARLI participants should enter the building through the Main doors and ask the staff at the Information Desk for directions to the library. After 10pm, CARLI participants requesting access to the library should call the Circulation desk (773) 298-3352 to be admitted into the building.

General Public: Members of the general public should contact their public libraries which offer remote access to fulltext databases once users register for a public library card. SXU does not provide access to these tools. Due to space and security concerns, persons who are not members of the Saint Xavier University community, and are over 18 years of age, are welcome to use the Library for SXU-related research purposes. Guests may use the scanning equipment and the printed book collection, but may not obtain materials from off-site storage, operate workstations, or utilize our databases or software. Guests are restricted from entering the building after 10pm.

Unaffiliated researchers under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult, and may be granted permission to the library after they explain their need to utilize our print collection for research purposes at the Circulation Desk. 

Visitors with their own laptops may connect to our network and can use a variety of public domain tools.

See also conduct and responsibilities.

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