Skip to main content

Staying Informed for Social Work Practice

Offers resources and tips for keeping current with social work research for recent graduates and field instructors for the School of Social Work. It includes links to many free databases, government information and other resources.

Subject Guide

Darlene Nichols's picture
Darlene Nichols
Hatcher Graduate Library

Library Services for Alumni

Changes in Library Services After Graduation...

  • After graduation from University of Michigan you will no longer have access to Library electronic databases and most online journals from off campus. Access to materials is always available by coming to a campus library and using a guest computer. 
  • Alumni can no longer check out materials for free from the library after graduation.
  • Anyone is free to come in to any library location and use a guest login to find, read and print most online materials.
  • Take advantage of your local public library for interlibrary loan. You may be able to request materials owned by large research libraries and have them delivered to your local library at little or no charge.
  • If you are moving out of Ann Arbor try visiting an academic library near your new location. Public universities allow visitors guest privileges which would enable you to search their library databases and read or print off or email full-text electronic articles at no charge.
  • For a fee of $125.00 annually you can register for alumni book borrowing privileges. This fee does not include access to online materials and library databases, however. Because of licensing agreements with publishers access is not available to online library materials once you have graduated.
  • If you join the University of Michigan Alumni Association you will have access to a limited number of library databases as part of this membership. See the Alumni Association web site for details.

Using Library Articles Search as an Alumni

  • Alumni and those not affiliated with the University of Michigan may search many of our subscription databases together from off-campus without charge using Library Articles Search. If you are not currently affiliated with the university you will only be allowed to see article citations and abstracts from Library Articles Search. Full text will not be available unless you make a trip to the University of Michigan Library and use one of our guest computers. If you find a citation or article for your research you may also be able to request the article via Interlibrary Loan services from a public library in your area.



  For more detailed information on alumni library privileges see
Services for Alumni.


Library Guest Computers

  • Guest computers are available at Hatcher Graduate Library on the second floor. Instructions for logging in are available on the computer screen.
  • There are also several computers for guests at Shapiro Undergraduate Library on the first floor. Ask at the circulation desk if you need assistance.

Using Copiers at the Library

The University Library offers self-service copying and scanning in many libraries across campus. Guest copying and printing is managed by through an account.  Guests may create an account online, then visit circulation desks of the HatcherShapiro, and Art, Architecture & Engineering Library to pick up a new copy/print card or add value to your new account.  Guest copying and printing accounts will work at any printer or copier supported by Campus Computing Sites. There are also options to scan documents to email using guest copiers. Instructions are available at the guest printers which are either on the first floor of Shapiro Undergraduate Library or the second floor of Hatcher Graduate Library.