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Last Updated: Nov 09, 2023     Views: 1304

Penn State University Libraries are open to the public during regular operating hours and visitor wifi is available.
Residents of Pennsylvania may obtain a free library card to check out books from the Penn State University Libraries.

Library users who are not currently enrolled at or employed by Penn State, including Penn State retirees, community borrowers and library visitors, can log into Penn State University Libraries computers at any Penn State campus and access digital licensed resources using Penn State Limited Access Accounts.

A Limited Penn State Account can be created by anyone with a valid email address at Limited Penn State Accounts provide members of the public on-site-only access to digital library resources, including licensed library databases, through University Libraries computers on all Penn State campuses.

Penn State retirees should continue to use their existing Penn State Accounts, which will automatically revert to Limited status upon retirement, and should not create new accounts. Retirees with emeritus status will continue to have both on-site and remote access.

Limited Penn State Accounts do not provide email use, do not expire, and provide only on-site access to library resources. The same login ID and password may be used for each library visit. All Penn State Account changes, such as resetting passwords, must be made at

Digital library resources accessible at University Libraries for public use
(PSU News March 21, 2022)

Members of the PSU Alumni Association can access a limited selection of online library databases without visiting a PSU library. See the PSU Alumni Library for details.