As a Duquesne alumnus, losing the convenient off-campus access that Duquesne students have to all of Gumberg Library's databases and full-text sources can be frustrating. However, there are other places you can go to get access to books, databases, and journals.
The following are some steps to take when looking for library and information services:
Your employer may have a library or access to a library. This library should be your first stop when looking for library services.
Below are some tips based on various employment settings.
Hospital or Medical Center
If you work at a hospital or medical center, it is likely that your hospital has a medical or nursing library. The services provided at your institution might include:
If you work at a physician's practice, hospitals for which the practice has admitting privileges might offer library services to the physician(s) and members of the nursing staff. Inquire with the hospital about available services.
College or University
If you work at a college or university, even as an adjunct, there is a good chance that they will offer many of the same databases, collections, and services that Duquesne offered you as a student.
If you work at a state or federal agency, the agency might have a library you can use. Inquire about available services with the local administrator, or try searching your agency's website for information.
If you work for a corporation, your employer might have a library. Corporate libraries are not always available to all employees, however, so check your company's directory to see if a library, information center, or information service is available and if so, contact them for more information.
If you work for a school district, your school library might provide some resources. In addition, many school districts can access a network funded by their state; check with the school librarian to find out if you can access such a network.
My employer can't help! What can I do?
If your institution or employer doesn't have a library, you have some other options.
If you are in the Pittsburgh area...
You can come to Gumberg Library to access virtually all of the library's resources, including all online journals. See the Alumni Access for more information.
Many of Gumberg Library's resources are still available to you as an alumnus if you are able to come in to the library.
Alumni may do any of the following in person:
See the Alumni Library Privileges for more details.
Alumni access to electronic resources is limited to use from within Gumberg Library only. Alumni who are not able to come to the library should check with their employer's library or another local library, or use the free resources mentioned in the pages of this pathfinder.
Gumberg Library Digital Collections
The Digital Collections are freely available to the public. This collection contains Electronic Theses and Dissertations as well as various materials related to the University's history, such as photographs and old issues of the Duke.