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Manage your checked out items online

Track checked out items, view upcoming due dates, renew items about to be due, view holds, and other library account information online.  Activate your account to access these online features:


Easy instructions on how to activate your library account






If you already activated your library account, login here:


  login to your library account



Borrowing and Access for NDNU Community, Alums, and Public

Item loan periods and access to online subscription databases depends on your current affiliation with the university.  Here is a closer look:

NDNU students, faculty, and staff are eligible for library privileges with their NDNU ID card. This includes access to computers and online subscriptions databases.

Alumni are considered to be part of the NDNU community and may borrow library items.  Alumni wishing to borrow library items, must have a campus ID card.  Obtaining an ID card involves a few steps and a small fee, and it all begins with the Campus Housing office.  Alumni are encouraged to call Housing prior to visiting campus to know what steps are expected of them to obtain an ID card and to know when Housing is open.

Alums can also login to library computers and access library databases while on campus (Please note that a time limit for alumni computer use is currently under consideration to ensure resources are primarily available for student use).  Alums are not able to access library databases remotely, only while in the library.  This is due to licensing restrictions.  In order to log into library computers, after first obtaining a campus ID card, alums will also need an alumni email account.  To set up this email and/or computer login account, alums need to contact the Office of Information Technology (OIT) Network Services Department at  Please be ready to provide them with the info they will need to set up an alumni account: full name upon graduation, graduation date, and if possible your NDNU ID number.  Keep in mind that they may request additional information from you to complete the process.   

Elizabeth Valente is the University's Director of Alumni & Community Relations, 650-508-3515,

Public. Community members are welcome to use books and other forms of media, but are not permitted to check out library items or use the library’s online subscription databases or computers.


Borrowing policies







How our books are organized

The library’s 120,000 physical books are organized using the ‘Library of Congress Classification’ system.  The classification arranges materials by subject using an alphanumeric system that produces unique ‘call numbers’ for each item.  An item’s call number is listed in both the online catalog used to search the collection and on the item itself.  The book shelves (aka ‘stacks’) display call number ranges to help you find items.  Ask a friendly library staff member if you need help finding an item, we are here to help.


Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

To get articles and books that the library does not own, take advantage of ILL, a free service for current NDNU community members.  How it works 


Suggest a New Resource

suggestions from NDNU students, faculty and staff for new additions to our collections.

Use this form to suggest a new resource.


University Archives

For questions regarding the University Archives, please contact Interim Director Carmen Martinez at