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Answered By: Catherine Johnson
Last Updated: Jul 22, 2020     Views: 3

The library is available in limited ways for users after they leave the Academy. Users should review the Library Access for Retired Faculty Policy for some additional information.   

If you require additional access to information, you may benefit from some of the resources below:

  • If you are still in the Navy, https://www.navymwrdigitallibrary.org/ provides access to a number of valuable resources.
  • There are many freely available resources on the internet like Google ScholarGoogle Books, the Internet Archive, and Hathi Trust, and Project Gutenburg. Though not all resources accessed through those sites are free, many can be accessed through interlibrary loan from you local public library. 
  • Many alumni associations grant access to some of their databases. For example, some may include JSTOR or other resources useful for research. Some require a paid membership to the alumni association, while others simply grant access to anyone who is an alumnus/alumna of the college or university.
  • Many professional organizations now have arrangements with various publishers to give their members access to relevant databases at either a low cost or as a free part of the membership.  For example, members of the Renaissance Society have free access to EEBO; members of the Optical Society, access to their publications; SHARP, reduced cost of joining JSTOR. Anyone can purchase an individual account to JSTOR; for information, see the following: https://about.jstor.org/individuals
  • Many college and university libraries allow free access to any user in the building. Others (for example, Johns Hopkins) charge a fee for borrowing privileges.  Some state university systems (Pennsylvania, for example) will issue readers’ cards to state residents with a photo ID demonstrating residency. Each library will have its own policy about remote access.
  • Local public libraries are a wonderful resource. Many can order books and articles through Interlibrary Loan from other libraries and some have subscription services. Most public libraries offer access to general-purpose databases such as those offered by EBSCOhost or Gale. The Library of Congress provides free access to all readers (they must have a readers’ card) via their terminals or on readers’ own laptops via their wireless network.  Information about the Library of Congress is available at https://www.locl.gov/rr/  Some states also provide database access through their public libraries. For example, holders of library cards issues by Virginia public libraries have access to the following: https://www.virginia.gov/services/find-it-virginia/