Student ID as temporary barcode

In effort to make the back-to-school adjustment easier, the Alliant library is pleased to announce a simpler way for you to log in to access library resources.  Effective immediately, you may use your Alliant ID number (whether you are a student, staff or faculty member) instead of your fourteen-digit library barcode.

Please note that you will still need to obtain an ID card with a fourteen-digit barcode in order to check out books!  The use of ID as an alternative to barcode is simply meant to provide everyone with easier, more immediate access to *online* resources, not to act as a long-term substitute for the ID card and barcode.

So, the bottom line is that you can log in with your student ID instead of your barcode, but if you plan on using your campus library in person, you will still need to get your ID card.

Our thinking is that this will be a major convenience for online students and those studying at international sites, but it should also benefit anyone who has trouble memorizing a fourteen digit number (I definitely place myself in that category!).

As always, please do not hesitate to contact us with feedback about this or any other library service.  The best way to do that is by emailing

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