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Library Policies: Library Access

This guide outlines policies regarding library use and library materials.

University Libraries Policies – Law & Business

General Access Policy

  • The Business Library is open to current Golden Gate University students, faculty, staff, and select other groups and individuals.
  • Alumni, guests, and others may be granted access to the library. Please see details below.
  • A GGU ID card is required for entry to the libraries.



The Business Library website provides links to a variety of resources including the library catalog, databases, research guides, and course reserves. Access to subscription databases is generally restricted to current students, faculty, and staff.

The Business Library provides wireless Internet access for students, faculty, staff, and guests.


  • Inquire about Alumni Access at front desk for Law Library and for the Business Library
  • All GGU alumni with a valid GGU Alumni Library card from the Law or Business Libraries may enter either library and use or borrow circulating materials. Many databases are also available for use in the Business Library.
  • New Alumni Cards must be requested in person in order to verify identity at the Law Library, Alumni renewals must be requested at using form for the Business Library along with Zoom meeting. The Alumni status can be applied to your original student ID card
  • Membership for alumni is free for Business Library. The Law Library still maintain 2 years free after graduation and an annual fee of $25 for renewal per year
  • Access to library databases:
    • Most Business Library databases are available for alumni use while on campus, but off-campus access is restricted to a few select databases due to licensing restrictions.
  • Group study rooms are restricted to currently-enrolled students only.
  • See the Alumni Services Guide for more information.


  • Guests are required to sign in, stay with their host, and depart the library when their host leaves.
  • Students, staff and faculty who would like to bring guests to the Library are welcome to do so on a limited basis.


Patrons who may use the library without a current access card include:

  • Those requesting use of Federal and California depository documents via the Law Library.
  • ABA approved Bay Area law students, faculty and administrators with school identification.
    • Student ID from other law schools must be for the current term. (Reciprocal access must be available to GGU students and faculty).
    • ABA approved law non-bay area law students can access the law library with special permission from the Law Library Director or Associate Director.
    • Judges and court administrators with appropriate identification.

LAW LIBRARY DAY PASS (not available for Business Library)

  • Day passes are not available for Business Library access.
  • Day passes for Law Library access are available from the Law Library. 
  • Day passes do not include borrowing privileges.

Subject Guide

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James Krusling
Otto & Velia Butz University Libraries
Golden Gate University

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