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Alumni: Alumni Online Library Services

Resources for National University Alumni

About this Guide

Welcome, this guide highlights services and resources available for Alumni Online Library members. 

The National University Library with the Alumni Relations Department offer graduates the opportunity to become members of the Alumni Online Library.  Membership includes access to eBooks on EBSCOhost (formerly NetLibrary), one of the largest collections of electronic books; EBSCO's Academic Search Alumni Version, a robust collection of academic online journals; and borrowing privileges from over 200,000 titles in the National University Library.  Delivery outside of the San Diego area, continental US, is free.

Alumni Online Library members may begin searching by clicking on one of the icons below:


Link to EBSCO's eBook collection (formerly NetLibrary)


    Alumni Online Library Membership

    The annual membership fee for alumni is $50.  Sign up today!

    Your Alumni Online Library ID and Password will be forwarded to you in two business days by Alumni Relations.

    To register for your membership, click here and select Library Endowment as the designation.

    For questions or comments, contact Alumni Relations at (866) NU ACCESS ext. 8093 or by e-mail at

    Search The Library Catalog

    Library Catalog
    Books, E-Books, & More

    Find books, e-books, reference materials, and videos in the library catalog. Refine your results by material type, date, and more.

    For additional search options, use Advanced Search. To log into your account, see Managing Your Smart Search Account.
    Mobile users: If you can't see the Search button, push Go on your device's keypad instead, or visit the Smart Search homepage for a mobile layout.

    Books Direct for Alumni

    What is Alumni Books Direct?
    A free book requesting service for remote alumni with an Online Library membership.

    Alumni living in the San Diego area should visit the Spectrum Library to check out books, which will be held for you at the help desk.

    You may check out a total of 5 books for two weeks (14 days + shipping time) with one renewal. Books mailed to your home are sent using USPS with return postage included.

    Who qualifies for Alumni Books Direct?

    • Remote National University alumni with a current membership to the Online Library.
    • You must live in either the continental United States or Hawaii.

    How do I request books?


    If you have further questions, please call (858) 541-7900 or send e-mail to

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    For more information about Alumni & Friends, check out the National University Alumni webpage.

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