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Off-Site Services

Due to licensing limitations, many of our electronic resources are available only to currently enrolled students and are not accessible to alumni; however, AU alumni can access the databases listed below. To do so, click on the following links and use the AU Sign In, entering AU alumni username (omitting and password when prompted. 

To activate your AU alumni email, log into the myAU Portal at, click on the Academics menu under Personalized Links on the left, then click Get Your Alumni Email. You may also contact if you need help establishing an AU alumni account. 

Establishing Your AU Alumni Account for borrowing AU Library Books

Physical book circulation and on-site services are currently restricted to AU students, staff, and faculty. When the library resumes normal operating status, American University Library will be pleased to resume providing lifetime borrowing privileges to AU alumni as well as a host of other services.

American University Library is pleased to provide lifetime borrowing privileges to AU alumni as well as a host of other services. In order to open an alumni account, you must have completed a degree program at AU. Please bring a valid government issued photo ID to the Circulation Desk, where you will be asked to sign a form detailing your new alumni privileges. When checking out books or requesting a temporary login, you will need to show photo ID.

Alumni ID Cards

For your convenience, the Office of Housing & Dining does provide AU Alumni ID cards. These cards have a personalized barcode for checking out books.

Borrowing Privileges

Alumni can borrow up to 25 books at a time from the AU Library for 4 weeks. Books can be renewed using your My Library Account, by phone, or in person. Consortium borrowing is not available to alumni; however, books can be requested via interlibrary loan at a rate of $25.00 per item.

On-Site Services

Alumni may use Bender Library until closing, or until 11:00pm when the library is open later for students. You are welcome to use all library services on-site, including accessing online journals and databases as well as obtaining professional assistance from reference librarians and subject specialists. To use electronic resources and the Internet, you will need to show your Alumni ID or other valid photo ID at the Borrowing Desk for a daily use log-in.

My Library Account

Use this link to access your alumni My Library Account:

Alumni Login


If you have any questions about your alumni privileges, please contact Circulation:
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Location Icon Bender Library, 1st Floor