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Extending graduate student access

Library resources are available to be used remotely only for currently-registered students, faculty, and staff.. Occasionally, a student may be finishing their master's project but not be enrolled in a credit-bearing course. Or, they may be taking a "break" from school for a personal reason. When this happens, the student will be unable to remotely access library resources. This frequently happens and can be a frustrating experience for the student who is legitimately working towards finishing their project/thesis/dissertation.

There is a work-around for this problem. Graduate students who do not register through the Graduate School (this includes SPH), and who are working on a thesis or dissertation but are not currently enrolled in courses, may still be eligible to receive full library privileges.

The student will need to complete the University Libraries' "Unregistered Graduate Student" form ( http://www.lib.umn.edu/pdf/borr_app_unreggrad_20041110.pdf) which ultimately needs to be approved by a faculty advisor and sent to the Libraries' Borrowing Privileges & Fines office. More information is at http://www.lib.umn.edu/site/boptions.phtml#unregrad .

Please make sure that your course/division coordinators are aware of this policy. Feel free to refer any questions to me.

Lisa

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