Can Emerson alumni access library resources? Can alumni check out books, or access library databases?


COVID-19 Update: As of Summer 2022, alumni are allowed to use the Iwasaki Library in person provided they make an appointment and can attest to vaccination and being symptom-free. Contact for more information.

Alumni are able to view the Archives' Digital Collections and request digital copies of physical materials. Archives research assistance is also available. Contact for more information. 

All alumni are welcome to visit the Iwasaki Library and take advantage of the print, non-print, and electronic resources available on the third floor of the Walker Building, 120 Boylston Street.

For library borrowing privileges, complete the online application to receive your library card.

Alumni have access to on-site privileges including the use of print collections, media collections, databases, and reference assistance.

Alumni can: 

  • Borrow items from the Circulating Collection
  • Borrow items from the Reserves Collection (Reserves policies apply) 
  • Borrow items from the Teaching Collection (In-Library use only)
  • Access electronic resources using our computer workstations

Alumni cannot:

  • Print
  • Borrow circulating technology and equipment such as laptops, headphones, whiteboard markers, and external disc drives
  • Borrow museum passes
  • Use InterLibrary Loan services, including ComCat and Fenway Libraries Online consortium borrowing
  • Access electronic resources off campus

Please note that many public libraries have online resources accessible from home. For example, the Boston Public Library (which serves those who live, work, and study in Massachusetts) provides access to many of the same resources that Emerson offers.

If alumni wish to visit the Archives, which includes yearbooks, issues of student publications, special collections, and some student organization records, among other materials, they must first make an appointment with the archivist. In this instance, alumni do not need to obtain Library borrowing privileges, but they must be registered as a visitor in advance. To schedule an appointment, please contact the Archives Office at 617-824-8301 or

Alumni of Marlboro College are also considered alumni of Emerson College and share the same library benefits. 

  • Last Updated Jul 08, 2022
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  • Answered By Lindsey Nichols

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