Banner Image

Library Policies: Library Access

This guide outlines policies regarding library use and library materials.

Who can use the library?


Access to Golden Gate University's Library is restricted to the following groups:

  • GGU students who are currently enrolled or were enrolled the previous semester.
  • GGU full-time faculty
  • GGU part-time faculty
  • The semester immediately preceding the semester they teach
  • The semester they teach
  • The semester immediately following the semester they taught
  • GGU trustees
  • GGU staff
  • GGU alumnae/alumni
  • Corporate members who pay an annual fee

It is very important for all registered users to keep their address and contact information current on GGU4U. The library uses the information from GGU4U to contact library patrons concerning materials and policies.

A valid GGU ID is required for entry to the Library. Library cards are non-transferable.


Guests of students, faculty, staff and others associated with GGU are permitted under certain restricted conditions. Specifically, guests: must remain with their GGU hosts; are not permitted to use library databases; and are not permitted to borrow library materials. Unattended children are strictly forbidden. For questions on this issue please call 415-442-7242 to contact the Access Services Librarian, the Circulation Assistant, or the Library Director (415-442-7248).

Alumni Access


All GGU alumni may enter the University Library and use materials here upon showing an Alumni Library Card.

During the first two years after graduation alumni may check materials out of the Library. After the first two years they need to pay a fee that gives them check out privileges for a year.

Alumni DO NOT have access to the subscription databases from off campus due to limitations in our contracts.


Alumni who still have their student ID Cards can have them converted to Alumni Library Cards.

Alumni have to complete an application form each time they renew their cards. This is essential to make sure that the information in our database is current.

If an alum wants a card but does not want to check out books they do not have to pay. They can fill out a form and we will create a card that is already expired. Fees are only for those who wish to check out books. The first two years after graduation are free.

Accessing Databases Off Campus

The databases and online services provided by the University Library are licensed resources that are restricted to currently enrolled GGU students, faculty and staff and are intended for academic research. Unfortunately, our contracts with these services do not permit the library to provide remote access to alumni or corporate members. On the other hand, alumni and corporate members are welcome to come to the library and use these resources on site.

When accessing databases from an off-campus location (e.g., work, home), you will be prompted to login with either your GGU4YOU Username and Password OR your  family name and GGU ID number. If you encounter any problems, please contact a librarian at 415-442-7244 or 1-877-448-8542, or through email at We also have a database troubleshooting guide to help you.

Accessing Course Reserves

Many GGU Instructors offer materials through Course Reserves. These items are restricted to enrolled students in the particular class.

Instant Message

JavaScript disabled or chat unavailable.