The American University Library is
an open access facility. We are pleased to offer a multitude of services for
all members of the greater Washington, DC area.
Visitors may use Bender Library
until closing or until 11pm when the library is operating 24 hours. While
on-site, you have access to all of the library's databases and electronic
resources, as well as professional assistance from reference librarians and
subject specialists. Visitors may also print and scan documents, and are
welcome to read or use any of the books in our collection.
In order to access the Internet and AU's
electronic resources, you will need to show a valid government issued photo ID
at the Borrowing Desk for a daily use log-in. These log-ins expire at midnight of the day they are issued. If it is your first time using
the library, a guest account will be created for you at that time.
The American University offers two
wi-fi networks: eagle-secure and eagle-guest. For general access to the
Internet, a daily use log-in can be obtained at the Borrowing Desk for the
If you are visiting a student,
staff, or faculty member of AU, then you may choose to log into the Internet
More information about the credential verification process,
and how to use eagle-guest, can be found here.
Visitor Borrowing Privileges
AU offers two different options for
individuals/groups to purchase borrowing privileges from our library.
of AU Library Borrowing Program
The Friends of American University Library Borrowing Program enables individuals not affiliated with
American University to borrow from the library's general collection. Purchasing
this membership will allow you to borrow up to 25 books at one time for 4
weeks. You can renew these books 3 times via your My Library Account, over the
phone, or in person. Consortium borrowing is not available; however,
interlibrary loan is available for a $25.00 fee per item.
1 year membership –$300 3 month membership –$100 (Payable by credit card only)
Associate Borrowing Program
Commercial, nonprofit, and
governmental organizations can purchase group borrowing privileges for their
members or employees. Groups may borrow books from AU for 4 weeks and may renew them 3 times. Membership includes one borrowing card, but additional cards may also be
purchased. In order for the group to check out books, the borrower listed on
the account must be present.
year membership –$1000 ($200 each additional card) 3 month membership –$400 ($100 each
Nonprofit and Governmental Organizations (must be
registered with the IRS):
year membership –$500 ($100 each additional card)
3 month membership –$200 ($50 each
Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at American University
Members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University have borrowing privileges for up to
25 books at one time from the library's general collections. The loan period for
books is 4 weeks, and they can be renewed 3 times via your My Library Account,
by phone, or in person.
instructors may also borrow certain DVD titles for class use. This
is restricted to low use and easily replaceable titles and requires the prior
approval of a Media Services supervisor.
Faculty / OCLC Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program
American University Library
participates in the OCLC Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program. Visiting faculty
from participating research libraries are eligible to borrow from our general
collection. Faculty must pre-register for an identification card at their home
institution before coming to AU to set up their account.