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Alumni Library Services

Personal intellectual growth, transformative experiences, and improving information literacy continue long after one's time at RU. This is a guide meant to encourage alumni to progress on their lifelong learning journey.

Alumni Library Privileges

Alumni library privileges include the ability to borrow books, and access articles from Roosevelt libraries.

Visiting the Library

Alumni are welcome to visit any of our library locations. Please note that at the Downtown Campus beginning May 5, 2014 visitors to the University, including alumni, will be required to obtain a guest pass from the Campus Safety desk in the Wabash or Auditorium lobbies. Visitors will need to show a state-issued photo ID, such as a driver's license or passport, to obtain a guest pass. For questions about this policy, please contact Alumni Relations (contact info below).

Alumni Card

The alumni card also serves as a library card. Alumni can obtain a card by calling the Alumni Office at (312) 341-4359. Alumni Office hours are from 9-5, Monday- Friday and they are located in the Wabash Building on the 18th floor. Once you have your alumni card, bring it to the library Information Desk, and we will attach a new barcode to the card. Alumni library accounts must be renewed every year, though the alumni card does not expire.


Alumni may check out an unlimited number of books from Roosevelt's circulating collection. You will need an Alumni Card, which will serve as your new library card.

Only 5 books may be borrowed from the Performing Arts Library at one time.

Alumni may check out books for 4 weeks and renew them twice for a total borrowing time of three months.

Alumni may request that RU books be delivered to the either the Chicago or the Schaumburg campus.

There is a 30 day grace period beyond the due date. Books returned after their grace period are subject to a $5.00 fine per item.

Book Catalog

Roosevelt books may be ordered on-line and delivered to the either the Chicago or the Schaumburg campus. Alumni do not have borrowing privileges with I-Share libraries.

Journal Articles

Alumni may request that copies of journal articles owned by Roosevelt University be delivered to either the Chicago or the Schaumburg campus.

Electronic Databases

Alumni may access online electronic databases on-site in the library computer labs. Remote access is not allowed due to licensing agreements with the database vendors.

Interlibrary loan

ILL services are available only for current students, faculty, and staff. As stated above, alumni can request transfer of books and journal articles from another RU campus.


Alumni may check out DVDs and VHS tapes from the library’s video collection. Videos are checked out for 7 days and cannot be renewed.

WiFi Access for Alumni

Alumni must contact the Alumni Office for guest access. RUWIFI

For Non-Library Questions Please Contact Alumni Relations

Alumni Relations
Wabash Building, 18th Floor, Chicago Campus
Phone: 312-341-4359