Answered By: Dean Riley
Last Updated: Jun 10, 2016     Views: 39

We are very glad of your continued interest in our library! Yes, alumni can use the library but you do need to be aware of a few things. 


Many of the services to which you were accustomed as a student are intended for only for current students such as our database access (including E-books). Also, the (physical) book checkout limit is reduced to a total of four for the benefit of current students. We certainly wish we could do more but our role is primarily to assist current students. I would highly recommend the nearest branch of Houston Public Library or Harris County Public Library. Houston Public has a more prolific database group. In fact, there are some common databases that we both use. If you are interested in E-books, both libraries do offer E-books that use an app called Overdrive. Also, they can issue TexShare cards if there are other libraries you should want to visit in the future.

Your HBU network access will probably become sketchy at some time in the future. If you have questions, you can contact HBU ITS at 281-649-3410. I'm not sure what all you can still access. You may be able to at the moment use some of the old systems now but that could, and likely will, change so you need to anticipate that. You have access to our guest computer. We only have one. Being an alum, however, you can just show your Alumni library card to the Circulation Desk and can have as many tickets as needed to use it during your stay (general public limited to one one-hour ticket per day). 

Building Access

If you have an old HBU ID card or wallet diploma, just show that to the library gate keeper at the ID table as we now need IDs to enter the building (policy change as of Fall 2014). If you do not have anything identifying you as an alum, then you will be directed upstairs to speak with the Circulation Supervisor or librarian who can verify your status and we can issue you a library card for entrance.