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Library Privileges for Alumni

Special borrowing, research, and parking privileges are available for alumni of Adelphi University, who register with the Office of Alumni Relations in Nexus Building 200. Registered alumni will receive Adelphi University Alumni photo identification cards from the Public Safety Department to distinguish them from other borrowers.

Borrowing Privileges

In order to check materials out of the University Libraries, a current Alumni ID Card must be presented at the Service Point at Swirbul Library. The standard loan period for alumni is twenty-eight days or the last day of the semester, whichever comes first. Some materials, such as musical scores, have restricted loan periods. Reference books and journals do not circulate.

Online Databases

Alumni of Adelphi University who hold current Alumni ID cards and are valid library patrons may use selected online database either on-campus or from home. (To be a valid patron you must be entered into the system by the Access Services Department. If you are uncertain of your patron status, please contact the Access Services Desk, 516-877-3570.) For instructions on how to access these databases remotely, please see Research Resources for Alumni.


Each alumni borrower is limited to ten books at any one time.

How to Return Books

Books may be returned to the Desk at Swirbul, or to the Services Desks of the other Adelphi Libraries (Hauppauge, Manhattan, Hudson Valley). When the Swirbul Library is closed, books may be returned to the outside book drop. Patrons can also request a UPS mailing label to ship their items back to the Libraries.


If no other library borrower has requested them, books may be renewed by bringing them in to any of the three service desks (Swirbul, Hauppauge, and Manhattan). If you wish to renew your checked-out items, you may do so by going to the My Library Account. Items that are overdue can not be renewed online.

Lost Materials

Lost library materials must be reported immediately. The charge for lost materials is the cost of the item plus a $15 processing fee.

Damaged or Mutilated Materials

If library material is returned in such poor condition that it can no longer be circulated, the borrower is responsible for replacing the material. The charge to the borrower is the cost of the material plus a $15 processing fee.


The Library reserves the right to suspend the privileges of Alumni Borrowers who accumulate overdue charges in excess of $15, have a total of ten overdue circulating items, or have failed to return overdue recalled items. Click here for alumni loan rules