Library Services

The Mildred F. Sawyer Library happily welcomes alumni back to campus to use its collection. As a Suffolk graduate, you can check out any books from the circulating collection and use any reference books, paper, or microform periodicals in the library.

Checking Out Books

If you're interested in having check-out privileges at the Sawyer Library, first get an alumni photo ID card. You can pick up your ID card at the security desk in either the Sawyer Building or Sargent Hall. You'll need to provide your Suffolk ID number in order to receive your card. If you've forgotten this number, please email us with your name, degree, and graduation year.

Once you have your ID, swipe its magnetic strip at the Sawyer Library's main entrance on Tremont Place (at the back of the Stahl Building at 73 Tremont Street). Visit the Circulation/Reserves Desk, just to your left as you enter the library, and ask the staff to add or edit your record in the library system. This will allow you to check out books. Please note: You cannot check out non-circulating items like reference books and periodicals, 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 in the library’s administrative system to check out books, since your student ID will have expired.

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

Mildred F. Sawyer Library Contact Information

Circulation Desk

Reference Desk

Databases & Interlibrary Loan

The library's database vendors restrict access to their products very specifically to current Suffolk faculty and students. These legally binding agreements cannot be broken, so alumni cannot access these electronic resources. You might want to explore your options at your local library instead.

While alumni can't access the Sawyer Library's interlibrary loan services, you can find a library in your area that holds a particular book or periodical through WorldCat.