Q. Can guests and alumni access library resources?
Can guests, visiting researchers, students at other colleges or universities, members of the community, or alumni access library resources?
Normally, alumni and guests may access online collections and other services from within the library, and lifetime members of the Alumni Association may check out up to five print books at a time. However, the library's physical collections and computer labs are currently inaccessible while the campus is closed due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Our licenses to subscription online content allow us to provide access only to current students, staff, and faculty of San Diego State University. We cannot provide guest access to any of our databases, ejournals, or ebooks.
What is available?
The SDSU Library can provide access to content the University owns in digital format, such as SDSU theses, dissertations, university records, the student newspaper, and campus yearbooks, which can be found through our Digital Collections.
Databases with Free Access: The library maintains a list of databases with free content that are of interest to researchers. Find the free database list on our Database A-Z site.
San Diego Public Library & San Diego County Library: Both the SD Public Library eLibrary & the SD County Library eLibrary have a wide range of article databases, streaming media, and ebooks. The SD Public Library Digital Archive also contains digitized items held in the city library collection. SD Public Library cards are free to California residents and members of the military stationed in San Diego County. SD County Library eCards are available to any San Diego County resident.