Alumni Access for Library Resources

Once you graduate, access to Purdue Calumet Library resources becomes limited.  Alumni are welcome to visit the Library, read print magazines/journals and apply for an alumni library card which enables alumni to borrow books.  Alumni are not able to access electronic resources including databases and e-books or utilize campus computers.

Why can’t you access electronic resources?  Most of the databases offered by the Purdue Calumet Library are covered by license agreements whose vendors’ restrict their use to current students, faculty and staff.  Graduates are not covered within the license agreements.

If you live in Indiana, take advantage of remote access to INSPIRE, a collection of business databases including Business Source Premier, Datamonitor Company Profiles, Newspaper Source and Regional Business News.  If you live within Lake County, contact your local branch to find out about access to Lake County Public Library’s electronic resources.   Lake County’s collection includes remote access to Business and Company Resource Center, Dun & Bradstreet’s Million Dollar Database, ReferenceUSA and Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage.

If you live in Chicago, the Chicago Public Library also provides remote electronic access to some wonderful career resources including ABI/Inform, Hoover’s, PROMPT, ReferenceUSA and Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage.

If you live in another state, contact your local public library and ask if they subscribe to a consortium of databases for remote access by residents.  Or if they provide access within their library facilities.  If you live near another college or university, contact them to see if they allow the general public to access their resources.  Use Libweb to locate a library near you.

Need help identifying which resources to use?  Contact the PUC Library at 219/989-2903.  The Science and Business Librarian can point you to the research resources most appropriate for your needs.