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How To...Use the Libraries After Graduation

How to find and access articles and other information resources after leaving Holy Cross

Welcome back to the Holy Cross Libraries! 

Your long nights (or overnights!) in Dinand may be in the past, but you're still an important part of our library community. 

After you graduate from Holy Cross, you lose access to the hundreds of thousands of paid resources that the Holy Cross Libraries provide to our community. If you’re going on to study, research, or work somewhere that has access to the same or even more resources that’s great! But what if your next stop can’t afford the high cost of information or doesn’t provide this service? 

This guide is designed to help you navigate the Libraries after graduation. It includes information about accessing articles and other information resources after you graduate, as well as details about library access and the College Archives & Special Collections.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch. We hope you'll come back to visit us on Mount Saint James

Main Reading Room, 1927
Students in the Main Reading Room, 1930s
Student studying in the Main Reading Room, 1940s
Main Reading Room, 1969
Student working in Main Reading Room, 1975

Why Do You Lose Access to Articles after You Graduate?

Information isn’t free, and published research--including many of the articles that you’ve used while at Holy Cross--is often very expensive. On behalf of the College, the Libraries spend thousands of dollars annually for access to these resources. When you leave the College, our license agreements with information vendors and publishers legally require us to restrict access to currently-enrolled students and currently employed faculty and staff. 

General Information

Large portions of this guide have been gratefully copied and adapted from Anna Newman's "Find Articles after Graduation" guide, created for the use of Worcester Polytechnic Institute. This guide is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.