Visiting Researcher & Affiliate

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Affiliates & Visiting Scholars

Using the Libraries as an Affiliate or Visiting Scholar

Step 1 Get a Letter from Your supporting Department

Receive full library privileges during your visit to UNL. Ask a sponsoring UNL unit or department to write you a letter with the following information. This letter should be on letterhead stationary from the head of the department.

  • Your name (as an Affiliate or Visiting Scholar)
  • Assigned or sponsoring department
  • Status granted (faculty, graduate student, staff)
  • Campus address
  • Local address
  • Start and end date of appointment

Step 2 Bring your letter to an ASKus Desk

Bring your letter to one of the following the ASKus locations:

You may also email your letter to LibrariesAccess@unl.edu

Step 3 Your Library Card

Affiliates will use their white NCard (issed by the NCard Office) as their library card.

Visiting Scholars, and other academic guests, will pick up their UNL Libraries card at either the South entrance of Love Library (located on the UNL City Campus) or CY Thompson Library (located on East Campus).

Borrowers with Affiliate or Visiting Scholar status will receive full library privileges during the time they are on campus assigned to the designated department.


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.


Reciprocal Borrowing Program

The University Libraries also participates in reciprocal borrowing agreements with other academic libraries in Nebraska, the Big Ten Academic Alliance and the OCLC community. See our Reciprocal Borrowing page for details.