To Our Alumni Guests,
You may have received an email from LMU ITS this past week notifying you that after December 1, 2017, alumni will no longer have access to MyLMU, Lion email, or Box. That email may have also indicated you would no longer have “library access.” We understand this may have been confusing to some of our alumni patrons who regularly utilize our resources and so we wanted to clarify what that means.
Our services for LMU alumni are not changing.
LMU alumni are eligible for an LMU OneCard, available from the OneCard office, which allows them to obtain guest computer access and purchase borrowing privileges. Alumni can purchase annual borrowing privileges at a discounted rate of $100 (available for purchase at the Circulation Desk) and receive Visitor Borrowing Privileges. Alumni may also request free access to the ATLA Religion Database with ATLA Serials. Alumni can use our computers, access electronic resources on site, and reserve study rooms when you show us your Alumni OneCard at the Information desk.
What is changing for some alumni is the closing of a loophole in access to our electronic resources. We provide LMU students, faculty, and staff access to over a hundred academic databases and millions of electronic resources. However, due to licensing terms and annual costs (the rate we pay for these resources is often based on LMU’s current FTE), we are required by publishers and the providers of those databases to verify that anyone accessing our online resources is a currently registered LMU student, faculty, or staff member. The MyLMU username and password is how we verify that our users fall into one of those categories. Thus, so long as the MyLMU login was active, some alumni were still able to access our online resources, but will no longer be able to do so after December 1, 2017.
We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause to any of our alumni who have been happily accessing our online collections post-graduation. If you still need access to similar resources, we strongly recommend that you check with your local public library. As noted above, you are still welcome to use our resources if you are in the building. If you are no longer in the neighborhood of LMU, you should check out your local university library, as many academic libraries offer guests access to their online resources on-site.
If you have any trouble, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we will do what we can to help you locate equitable resources.