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I am an alumni of FSU. Can I use the online databases?

Our answer:

Anyone who comes to the library can use our databases.  Only current FSU students, staff and faculty may use the online databases from off-campus locations.

There are several options for access to electronic resources:
If you live in Tallahassee, you may use any public computer at Strozier or Dirac to access our databases and electronic resources.
If you live outside of Tallahassee, you should be able to access similar databases at a public university in your area.
You may enroll in a Thesis class.
You can take any other 1 credit course at FSU to gain active status.

Also, depending on the type of eResources you need while in Florida you have access to the State Library eResources wherever you are in the state. To get there go to the Florida Electronic Library at

I hope this helps.

I know it is frustrating, but understand that FSU pays for these resources according to our student population count. Unfortunately, due to licensing restrictions by our database vendors, we are unable to provide access to non-active students and staff. If you are not currently enrolled in classes for the current semester, are auditing a class, or are not actively employed by Florida State University, you will be unable to access these resources from off-campus.

Comments (8)

  1. Other libraries allow it, and publishers are offering it as part of their contracts. I read this today at Library journal: JSTOR already offers… an alumni access program. Meanwhile, SAGE is offering alumni access at no additional charge. Udini, ProQuest’s solution for individual access, is also targeting the alumni audience. I think FSU should offer this... at the very least we should get Sage it doesn't cost any extra.
    by Beth on Jan 09, 2013.
  2. I am disappointed to see this. I will graduate in Dec. I wouldn't mind paying a fee to retain access after graduation. Maybe that could be considered.
    by Lori on Sep 28, 2013.
  3. Florida Electronic Library has online databases open to all citizens of Florida. Check the site out at
    by Matt Burrell on Oct 04, 2013.
  4. I am the same Beth that posted a year ago. I am disappointed to see that you *still* do not offer alumni access. JSTOR and SAGE offer it for *free* all you would have to do it is get it set up. I think your alumni should be worth the effort.
    by Beth on Mar 11, 2014.
  5. Hi Beth. Yes, I remember your comment, and I agree. I am passing this on to the Electronic Integration and Management Librarian Mason Hall. ( He will be the person to carry this issue forward and see what is involved.
    by Matt Burrell on Mar 11, 2014.
  6. This is disappointing. I know of other institutions that offer access for a fee. As a PhD alumni I'd like to still be able to have access to the FSU library system and I'm willing to pay a fee for it.
    by Anne on Sep 20, 2014.
  7. This is very disappointing that alumni who have spent countless years and major dollars at FSU cannot access this information off-campus upon graduation. People are still interested in learning even after graduating. I would even be willing to pay a small fee for continued access to these databases, but it sounds like alumni access is already an option for JStor and SAGE so why not make it available to FSU alumni? Please continue to present this issue to the higher ups in charge of library funding. These resources are invaluable and it is nothing short of criminal that access is limited to current students and employees.
    by angela on Oct 13, 2014.
  8. Very disappointed to hear that I cannot maintain my access for a fee. I'm an undergraduate and PhD political science alumnus. I've just gotten a job as a data scientist and rely on access to academic journals. IIRC from undergrad, I've only a few more months left before it lapses.
    by Bill Bachrach on Nov 21, 2014.

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