Library Cards

NCard - for Currently Enrolled UNL Students and Employees
  • Currently enrolled UNL students and UNL employees will use their NCard as their library card.
  • Get your NCard at the NCard Office.
  • When you register for your NCard, you are automatically registered to use UNL Libraries.
  • You must present your NCard when checking out library materials.
  • Changes in personal information must be made in Registration and Records Office (students) or Human Resources (employees).
  • Afilliates: Department letter required.
Community Member Card -
for UNL Alumni Association Members, Reciprocal Borrowers, and Nebraska Residents, and Retired Employees
Community Members may apply for a library card at Love, C.Y. Thompson, Engineering or Architecture libraries. Community Members must be at least 18 years of age, a member of the UNL Alumni Association, a Reciprocal Borrower, Nebraska resident, or a Retired Employee.

Identification you need to bring in:
The following types of identification will be required to obtain a library card:

  • UNL Alumni Association members: Current Alumni Association card.
  • Reciprocal Borrower: Identification issued by your institution.
  • UNO, UNK, and UNMC personnel and students: Current valid university identification card.
  • Nebraska Residents: Photo ID AND proof of current address (driver's license, checkbook or piece of mail with recent postmark)
  • Retired Employee: NCard stating status as retired


UNL Alumni Association Members:

  • Card Fee: Free
  • 3 hours of library computer use


Reciprocal Borrowers:

  • Card Fee: Free
  • 3 hours of library computer use


Nebraska Residents:

  • Card Fee:
    1 year - $50.00
    3 month - $25.00 (renewable)
    Replacement Card - $5.00

  • 90 minutes of library computer use


Retired Employee:

  • Card Fee: Free
  • Unlimited library computer use

Access to Commercial Databases

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries provides access to not only the UNL Libraries online catalog, but to many other online and electronic resources as well. Most of these resources – bibliographic and/or full text databases – are commercial products for which the UNL enters into a licensing agreement with the business provider. This license agreement, for which the Libraries pays a fee, permits access to the commercial product for students, faculty, and staff of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and, for some resources, to onsite users of a campus library.

It is important for alumni and others with ties to the University to understand that we are unable to provide open access to these commercial products that are produced and licensed to many markets (e.g., health care professionals, businesses, other academic institutions, etc.) for a profit. Everything that is on the Internet is definitely not free and those electronic resources that have greatest value to a research institution are often very costly. Therefore, the UNL Libraries is not legally able to provide access to alumni, independent scholars, contributors or Nebraska citizens where a commercial product has a license agreement that restricts access to specific authorized users, or to those who are not physically in a campus library.

Computer Use Card - for Community Members/Guests
Community Members and guests may apply for a Computer Use Only Card for the purpose of using a computer located in Love or C.Y. Thompson libraries.
  • no fee
  • 90 minute / day computer use limit
  • valid for 1 year for Nebraska Residents
  • valid for 30 days for out of state
  • apply at Love Library or C.Y. Thompson Library

Access to Commercial Databases

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries provides access to not only the UNL Libraries online catalog, but to many other online and electronic resources as well. Most of these resources – bibliographic and/or full text databases – are commercial products for which the UNL enters into a licensing agreement with the business provider. This license agreement, for which the Libraries pays a fee, permits access to the commercial product for students, faculty, and staff of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and, for some resources, to onsite users of a campus library.

It is important for alumni and others with ties to the University to understand that we are unable to provide open access to these commercial products that are produced and licensed to many markets (e.g., health care professionals, businesses, other academic institutions, etc.) for a profit. Everything that is on the Internet is definitely not free and those electronic resources that have greatest value to a research institution are often very costly. Therefore, the UNL Libraries is not legally able to provide access to alumni, independent scholars, contributors or Nebraska citizens where a commercial product has a license agreement that restricts access to specific authorized users, or to those who are not physically in a campus library.

In-house Use
UNL Libraries collections are open to the public. Community members and guests may use any collections available. Materials held off-site may be requested for in-house use without a library card at any one of the UNL Libraries locations. For more information on how to request materials, inquire at any library service desk or call 402-472-9568.

Access to Commercial Databases

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries provides access to not only the UNL Libraries online catalog, but to many other online and electronic resources as well. Most of these resources – bibliographic and/or full text databases – are commercial products for which the UNL enters into a licensing agreement with the business provider. This license agreement, for which the Libraries pays a fee, permits access to the commercial product for students, faculty, and staff of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and, for some resources, to onsite users of a campus library.

It is important for alumni and others with ties to the University to understand that we are unable to provide open access to these commercial products that are produced and licensed to many markets (e.g., health care professionals, businesses, other academic institutions, etc.) for a profit. Everything that is on the Internet is definitely not free and those electronic resources that have greatest value to a research institution are often very costly. Therefore, the UNL Libraries is not legally able to provide access to alumni, independent scholars, contributors or Nebraska citizens where a commercial product has a license agreement that restricts access to specific authorized users, or to those who are not physically in a campus library.