Alumni Library Services

The Mildred F. Sawyer Library is happy to welcome alumni back to campus and to the use of our collection.

We allow alumni to check out any books from our circulating collection or use any reference books, paper, or microform periodicals here in the library. If you are interested in having check-out privileges here at Sawyer Library, you should first obtain an alumni photo ID card. To receive your ID card, visit the security desks at either the Sawyer Building or Sargent Hall. You will need to provide your ID number in order to obtain your card. If you have forgotten your ID number, please email with your name, degree, and graduation year.

Once your ID is made, you can use the ID’s magnetic strip as a “key” to the Sawyer Library main entrance on Tremont Place (at the back of the Stahl Building at 73 Tremont Street). Make your first stop a visit to the Circulation/Reserves Desk, just to your left as you enter the library. Ask the staff to add or edit your record in our library system. This will allow you to check out books. You cannot check out non-circulating items like reference books and periodicals, nor can you check out reserve books for current classes, check out our student-use laptops, schedule/book a six-seat group study room, or access online journals.

You must be properly entered in the library’s administrative system to check out books, as your student ID will have expired.

Please note that the library reserves the right to terminate services to any user—alumni or other—who abuses their library privileges (for example: does not return or damages library materials.)

Mildred F. Sawyer Library Contact Information:

Circulation Desk: 617-573-8535
Reference Desk: 617-573-8532
Reference Email:

Alumni Access to Databases

Our database vendors restrict the access to their products very specifically to current faculty and students here at Suffolk. These legally binding lease agreements cannot be broken, so we regret to say that we cannot offer our electronic resources to our alumni. Public Libraries contract for electronic services specifically for their citizenry, so we would encourage you to explore your options at your local library.

InterLibrary Loan

Unfortunately, we are also unable to offer ILL services to alumni. If you need to find a library in your area that holds a particular book or periodical, you can identify these through WorldCat.