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Campus Library FAQ: Can I still use the library after I’ve graduated?

Frequently asked questions at the UWB/CC Campus Library

Can I still use the library after I’ve graduated?

Cascadia & UW Bothell alumni are welcome to:

  • use materials and databases while in the library. Off-campus access to research databases is only available to current UW and Casadia faculty, staff, and students.
  • use library study rooms, if unoccupied. Online reservations can only be made by current UW and Cascadia students, and priority is always given to students for study.
  • access the University of Washington wireless network with a UW Net ID. Library staff members can create a temporary UW Net ID for visitors.

When does my library account expire?

For both UW Bothell and Cascadia College students:

Your library account borrowing privileges expire two weeks into the second consecutive quarter in which you are not enrolled:

  • Last enrolled in Winter: expires in Autumn
  • Last enrolled in Spring or Summer: expires in Winter
  • Last enrolled Autumn: expires in Spring

Off Campus Access

  • Some UW NetID services, like off-campus access to research databases, expire shortly after you graduate. You can always access resources from on-campus.
  • UW Bothell grads who join the UW Alumni Association also have access to the EBSCO Academic Search Alumni Edition database.
  • During the second quarter in which you are not registered as a student, you will receive an email notification that your computing services will expire. Make sure you migrate any personal files (i.e. files in your UW Google Drive) and email to a personal service if you wish to preserve them! You will still be able to access your UW NetID, and forward your UW email to a private email service.

UW Libraries Borrower's Card

*borrowing privileges does not include the Miller Horticulture Library or off-campus access to electronic resources.

Collections of Interest

  • If you are interested in developing skills for navigating life beyond college, the Life Skills Collection and the College & Careers Collection are located on the first floor of the Campus Library.
  • The Life Skills Collection includes topics such as health & wellness, financial literacy, mindfulness, relationships, understanding diversity, academic success, and personal safety.
  • The College & Careers Collection provides career-oriented resources to help you explore various career choices, create resumes and cover letters, and develop interview skills. This collection also includes information on graduate schools and test-prep materials.
  • Recent graduates can check out any of these materials until your borrowing privileges expire, after that you may wish to make note of the books highlighted in our online guide and request these titles from your local public library.

Local Public Libraries

Your local public library:

  • provides remote and onsite access to databases similar to those offered by UW Libraries.
  • has interlibrary loan services and may be able to help you access materials from UW Libraries collections.
  • offers lots of resources and services perfect for recent graduates, including ebooks, audiobooks, beach reads and best-sellers, travel and career planning books, and sometimes free passes to local attractions.

Local Public Library Systems