Library Resources for Alumni

As an alumni, you have many ways to conduct library research after you've left Carleton:

The Gould Library

Once you've graduated, the Gould library is still open to you, and we hope that you will visit us on occasion. You are always welcome in the library, to browse our collection, check out library books, and use our databases.  Note, however, that you will need to use the databases from within the library - our licenses for our electronic collections do not allow us to provide access to alumni from off-campus.

Local Library Research

Though you will not have access to our electronic resources once you've graduated, there are many options available to you when you need to do library research. If you are affiliated with a college or university as a staff member or as a student, you will have access to the electronic collections that the college library subscribes to. If you aren't a member of an academic institution but live near one, you may still be able to use many of their collections if you visit the library. For instance, Carleton is open to Northfield community members, and most of our electronic collections may be used by members of the public who come in to the library.

You should also check with your local public library. Many public libraries offer access to a large number of electronic collections, though they are sometimes less scholarly than what we have access to here. For example, if you are a Minnesota resident, you have access to ELM (Electronic Library for Minnesota) databases, which is a collection of 15 databases including Academic Search Premier, ProQuest Newsstand Complete, and WorldCat. You will need a Minnesota library card to access the databases.

JSTOR for Alumni

As an alumn, you still have access to JSTOR through Carleton. JSTOR is an electronic archive of important scholarly journal literature, with content delivered as page images.  If you need help with your credentials, please start at the Alumni Username/Password Help Page.  If you need further help, please contact the Alumni Relations office at 1-800-729-2586 or There may be a slight delay between enabling your account and getting access to JSTOR, but it should be available the same day.

InterLibrary Loan

Most libraries offer InterLibrary Loan services. If you find a book or article that your library doesn't have access to, you can ask to have at your local public library to request it through interlibrary loan.

Open Access Journals

Open access journals are journals that are available free and in full text to readers on the web. You can see a list of open access journals and search for articles at the Directory of Open Access Journals. You may also try searching Google Scholar to find the full text of articles that are sometimes posted on authors' websites or institutional repositories. Note, however, that you will most often find the article available for a fee from the publisher's website. I would recommend checking with a local library about getting access to the article before you order one from a publisher.

Carleton Digital Collections

The Carleton Digital Collections website offers access to Carleton-specific publications and materials.  The Carletonian, the Voice (alumni magazine), yearly Zoobooks, and other archival material are all available online.  In order to view some materials, you may be required to log in with a Carleton username and password.  If you've forgotten your username and/or password, you can have them reset on the alumni password recovery page, or contact the Alumni Relations office at 1-800-729-2586 or if you need further help.