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Welcome WPI Alumni & Retirees!

WPI graduates and retirees have some lifetime privileges at the Gordon Library. You are welcome to use the resources in the library building, and to borrow library materials.

*Please note that due to COVID-19 and WPI's current campus policies, ONLY members of the WPI community are allowed on campus. Please see the Vistors & Vendors information at WE ARE WPI.

Borrowing Privileges


In order to check out items and use reserve materials you must apply for an Alumni Library card. You can fill out the online application (PDF) or apply at the Library Information Desk. Due to COVID-19 and WPI's policies, ID requests are need to be submitted via email to, instructions can be found on the ID Services webpage. We ask that the fall 2020 semester only request IDs for individuals that will physically be coming to campus. 

We will need to see personal identification that includes a photo (such as a driver's license) in order to verify your alumni status with the Alumni Office or the Registrar's Office. Upon verification, you will be registered with a temporary account for immediate borrowing privileges. A permanent WPI library card will be sent to you in the mail. 

For more information on what you can borrow, please see Borrowing Policies.


In order to check out items you need your WPI ID, and can check out the needed items at the Library Information Desk.

For more information on what you can borrow, please see Borrowing Policies.

Access to Computers

Alumni and retirees may use computers on the Main floor in the library. Alumni need to visit the Information Desk with a photo ID or alumni ID to request access and a staff member will log you in. Retirees will log in with their WPI credentials.

Access to the Building

For immediate service, we encourage alumni and retirees to use the library during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8AM-5PM), but we are open longer hours for your convenience. *During the fall 2020 semester, the library is WPI card access ONLY, please see the policies for alumni on the We Are WPI webpage

Access to Materials

Retirees, alumni and visitors - along with current students, faculty, and staff - can access our electronic resources and databases on-site at the Library. However, our licensing agreements with publishers and resource providers specify that off-campus access to electronic resources must be limited to current WPI employees and currently enrolled students. So, while retired faculty and staff, and alumni have access to library electronic resources (e-journals, e-books, etc.) and databases on campus at the library, off-campus access is not available, due to these licensing restrictions

Wondering what research information you'll be able to access for free, after you graduate or retire from WPI? This guide from Rutgers University offers many suggestions.

Note: Recent graduates have access to their WPI network accounts for approximately 4 months after graduation and access to most library resources on and off campus during this time.

Research Assistance

Our library staff and resources can provide some assistance with your research. See our online tools and resources for Research Help, consult a librarian, or email us and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Find Articles after Graduation or Retirement

After you graduate or retire from WPI, you'll lose access to the hundreds of thousands of paid resources that the Gordon Library provides to the WPI community. If your employer or institution or public library can't afford the high cost of information or you can't come in to the Gordon Library, check out our guide to finding articles after you graduate or retire.