Services for Alumni and Community Members

The Metropolitan State University Library welcomes alumni, visitors, and community members. In a unique partnership, we share our building with the Dayton’s Bluff Branch of the Saint Paul Public Library. You are welcome to use the services and resources of both libraries.


As non-student users, you may take advantage of many of our services, including

  • Public study tables and seating
  • Check out books and other resources (with card)
  • Reference and research assistance
  • Computer workstations (with card)
  • Printing, faxing, and photocopying (for a fee)
  • Study rooms

In addition, alumni may use Interlibrary Loan services (with card, up to 5 items per month.) Please inquire about this when you request your card.


  • Computer Use Only card:  bring a Driver’s License or other official photo ID to the 2nd floor desk.  You must be at least 13 years of age to obtain a card. Application forms for persons under age 18 must be signed by a parent or legal guardian in the presence of Metropolitan State University library staff. 
  • Borrower card:  In addition to your photo ID, you will need a St. Paul Public Library card, a card from another MELSA public library, or a current ID card from a Minnesota State institution.  We will need to verify you are in good standing with the public library.
  • Alumni card:  Available to persons who have graduated from Metropolitan State, you will need to show your photo ID or Metropolitan State student ID, and we will verify your alumni status.

See our Borrowing Information Page for details about check-out periods, fines, and more.

Computer Workstations

  • Designated computers are available to community and alumni use on the first floor of the library.

  • Community users are allowed three log-ins to these computers per day, each for up to 1 hour. However, each 1 hour session will be extended automatically by 30 minute increments until there is demand for the workstation.

  • When there are more people seeking computer use than there are workstations available, priority will be given to currently-enrolled university students.

Database Access

Alumni and community users may access Metropolitan State online databases from workstations in the library.  Current license agreements do not permit off-campus access to alumni users. 

The State of Minnesota offers remote access to many online databases through Electronic Library of Minnesota (ELM).