Library Membership

Library card/Identification

All library patrons must present a valid photo-identification card to access the collections. Cal Poly faculty, staff, students and emeritus must present their current Cal Poly ID at the Checkout desk, in order to borrow materials. Community members must present a library ID or register, if not a member. ID cards are not transferable.

Library membership

Membership is available to:

  • Cal Poly Faculty, Students, Staff and Emeritus Faculty;
  • Cal Poly alumni with a valid alumni ID which they present at the Checkout desk to register
  • Affiliated Users, including Cuesta Students and Faculty, Library Volunteers, State Agencies and other CSU Faculty and Emeritus;
  • Community members
Cal Poly Users

Cal Poly Users

Faculty, Students, Staff, and Emeritus; Fellows, and Visiting Scholars; Courtesy Cardholders

Group Membership Privileges Books Good Reads LINK + DVD/Video Bound Journals Reserves
Faculty, Staff No Membership fee Full library privileges 90 days 21 days 21 days + one renewal 90 days 21 days Hourly
Undergraduates No Membership fee Full library privileges 21 days 21 days 21 days + one renewal 21 days 21 days Hourly
Graduates No Membership fee Full library privileges 90 days 21 days 21 days + one renewal 90 days 21 days Hourly
  • Graduating students’¬†privileges expire three months after the graduation day of that current quarter.

More information for Cal Poly Faculty, Students and Staff

Affiliated Users

Affiliated Users

Cal Poly Alumni; Cuesta Students and Faculty; Library Volunteers; State Agencies; Other CSU Faculty and Emeritus

Group Membership Privileges Books Good Reads LINK + DVD/Video Bound Journals Reserves
Cal Poly Alumni No Membership fee Borrowing 21 days 21 days 21 days + one renewal 21 days 21 days Hourly
Cuesta Students & Faculty No Membership fee Borrowing 21 days 21 days 21 days + one renewal 21 days 21 days Hourly
Library Volunteer No Membership fee Borrowing 21 days 21 days 21 days + one renewal 21 days 21 days Hourly
State Agency No Membership fee Borrowing 21 days 21 days 21 days + one renewal 21 days 21 days Hourly
Other CSU faculty, Emeritus No Membership fee Borrowing 21 days 21 days 21 days + one renewal 21 days 21 days Hourly

Alumni eligibility

  • May borrow materials from Kennedy Library;
  • Computer access is limited to Public Access terminals;
  • May use electronic resources in the library when using Public Access terminals;
  • May make up to 12 interlibrary loan requests per calendar year; An alumni who wishes to make requests must come in to the ILS office to be put into the ILLIAD system, after which the alumni receives the log-in information to be able to access the ILS page on the web site and fill in requests.

Alumni are not eligible to the following services:

  • Remote access to electronic products due to licensing agreements;
  • The library Wi-Fi or computers that are designated for Cal Poly students; and
  • LINK+ services due to costs and licensing agreements.

More information for Alumni

Visiting scholar/Research scholars in residence

  • Must present proof of attachment to a department at Cal Poly in order to register at the Checkout desk. Qualified scholars are issued a one-year membership card (renewable) at no charge.

Affiliated users and emeritus from other CSU campuses

  • No membership fees, but they must present their current ID cards in order to register at the Checkout desk.
General Public

General public

Community Members

Group Membership Privileges Books Good Reads LINK + DVD/Video Bound Journals Reserves
Community
User
$60.00 Borrowing 21 days 21 days 21 days + one renewal 21 days 21 days Hourly
Family
Card
$10.00 Borrowing 21 days 21 days 21 days + one renewal 21 days 21 days Hourly
Corporate Card $250.00 Borrowing 21 days 21 days 21 days + one renewal 21 days 21 days Hourly
SLO Co. Teacher $30.00 Borrowing 21 days 21 days 21 days + one renewal 21 days 21 days Hourly
SLO Co. Senior Citizen $30.00 Borrowing 21 days 21 days 21 days + one renewal 21 days 21 days Hourly
SLO Co. High School Student $10.00 Borrowing 21 days 21 days 21 days + one renewal 21 days 21 days Hourly

Community members

Membership is open to all individuals, and/or corporate entities. Please apply for a library card at the Checkout desk.

More information for community members.

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