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Connecting FAQ: Alumni

UCI Alumni

 

My graduation is upcoming OR just happened.  When does my remote access with my UCInetID and password expire?

It depends on when the Office of Information Technology (OIT) updates their student records.  OIT answers this case-by-case, so please contact the OIT Help Desk for assistance.  

 

Why don’t I have remote access to UCI's licensed electronic resources (database, eBooks, journals, and periodicals) that I could remotely access as a current student? 

You are not alone; graduates at colleges and universities across the country ask this.  Your tuition covered the cost of remote access.  

 
 

 How can I access UCI’s licensed electronic resources (databases, eBooks, journals, and periodicals)?  

  • You are welcome to use a computer ON the UCI Campus (e.g. in Langson Library, Starbucks, etc.) to access most of our licensed electronic resources for personal, educational, non-commercial purposes.  
  • Some resources are restricted to current UCI affiliates (i.e. students/faculty/staff with an active UCInetID and password).  Those resources will be clearly marked.
 
What computer(s) can I use on the UCI campus? 
  • If you want to use the computer labs/resources that belong to the school you graduated from, please inquire with that school directly about the availability of those resources.  

 

Can I pay UCI a ‘membership fee’ or get a library card from the UCI Libraries to gain remote access to UCI’s licensed electronic resources? 

Unfortunately, no.  A ‘membership fee’ model — wherein for a small fee someone would gain remote access to UCI Libraries' purchases of electronic resources licenses—  would collapse the revenue streams for those vendors.  To have unrestricted remote access to a vendor’s valuable electronic information, individuals and businesses need to directly purchase or subscribe to a vendors’ products.  

Library cards from the UCI Libraries do not grant any remote access privileges.

 

Can a current UCI affiliate (i.e. a UCI student/faculty/staff member) send content to me (e.g. email me a PDF), so I don’t have to come to campus?    

Unfortunately, no. That would violate the contracts we have with our vendors, which could result in vendors revoking UCI’s access to their licensed electronic resources, or even suing us.
 
 
Where else can I find resources for my research? 
You may be pleasantly surprised by the resources available (remotely online) through your local public library!  Cardholders at public libraries can also use Inter Library Loan to borrow much of the content owned by other libraries too.  And there’s often free parking!  
 
 
Can I check out UCI’s print books after I graduate?    

Yes, if you acquire a library card.  If you join the UCI Alumni Association, you might qualify for a free library card, depending on the UCI Alumni Association’s current rules.  You can also purchase a library card. 

Library cards from the UCI Libraries are not linked with UCInetID accounts, so they do not grant remote access to our licensed electronic resources.

 

My Alumni Office told me that I have access to “X” database(s) from off campus.  What do you know about that?

Sometimes Alumni (or equivalent) organizations license resources specifically for their members.  These licenses are completely separate from licensed resources funded by the UCI Libraries, so access questions should be directed to the organization that is sponsoring the license to the resource(s) and promoting that their members have access.  

 

I’m a graduate of another UC campus.  Does that grant me remote access privileges for UCI's licensed online resources?  

Unfortunately no.