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Computer Access

Due to COVID-19, our libraries are open to current UB faculty, staff and students ONLY and will not be open to the public.

Computers in the University Libraries are intended for the academic and professional use of current University at Buffalo students, staff, and faculty. Guest access for non-affiliated members of the community is provided as a courtesy for scholarly purposes and for the public use of the U.S. Federal Depository Library Collection. Any person using a computer for non-academic purposes may be asked to yield the computer to a person with an academic need.

By registering as an on-campus guest user the account holder agrees to abide by the University Library Policies, the University’s “Computer and Network Use Policy,” as well as all other University policies.

Failure to comply with these policies and the regulations that govern the use of the Libraries’ and University’s resources will result in immediate suspension of the user account and, where necessary, civil liability and/or criminal prosecution.

A Library Research Station Access account is required for on-site computer access.


Who can use a Library Research Station Access account?

Members of the general community who agree to abide by all University at Buffalo policies (photo identification required).


How does the Library Research Station Access account work?

Guests can access article databases and electronic journals on campus at the University Libraries by obtaining a Library Research Station Access account at any Circulation Desk. Users must present photo identification and must agree to abide by all University policies when applying for this account. The account is valid for one year.

If you already have a Courtesy or Visitor Borrower card, you do not need a Library Research Station Access account.

Off-campus access to electronic resources is not available to guests due to licensing restrictions.


How else can visitors gain access to databases?

If you are not a current UB faculty, staff or student, you are unable to access our databases from outside the library. If you are a New York State resident, you can access databases freely through the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, the New York State Library's NOVELNY, and the New York Public Library.