Borrowing for Retirees, Spouses & Partners

Key Info

  • Use your retiree AppCard
  • Retirees, Spouses & Partners can check out materials in App State's collection
  • Off-campus database access and interlibrary loan are only available to emeritus faculty
Available at: 
Available to: 
  • Faculty & Staff
  • Community & Alumni

Main Service Desk: 828-262-2818

How to Borrow Materials

Retirees, Spouses & Partners will need to visit the AppCard Office to get a new AppCard made.  Please bring this new AppCard to the Library Service Desk and the staff will make sure your account is set up and ready to use.  Also, in order to use our My Account features such as online renewals and requests, you will need to have a valid email address.

Please note that items from the Technology Checkout Desk are not able to be checked out by Retirees, Spouses & Partners. See the Borrowing Policies for loan periods and limits. Retirees will have most of the same checkout privileges they had before retiring.

Retirees, Spouses & Partners are responsible for each item borrowed on their card until the material is returned to the Library. Lost or damaged materials must be paid for.

Building Access

Retirees, Spouses & Partners are able to access all University Libraries locations during the libraries' public hours. Please note that after midnight, Belk Library is open to students, faculty, and staff only.

Access to Library Online Resources

Remote (off-campus) access to Appalachian State’s licensed online library resources is not available per strict and specific vendor license agreements. Retired faculty who are designated as emeritus or who return in a different position to the University do qualify for remote access as long as they stay emeritus or employed by the University.

Retired faculty and staff who do not have emeritus status may visit the library in-person to conduct research using the online library resources. Licensed online library resources are available to all walk-in users of the library. To do so, visit the library desk to ask about a computer login, and then you may access the licensed resources from a library computer.

For remote access to the state sponsored NCLIVE online databases, please contact your nearest public library to get a library card and login information. NCLIVE provides a rich selection of online databases to North Carolina residents.

Access to Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Interlibrary Loan is only available to retirees if they hold emeritus status. If an emeritus faculty member is unable to log in to ILLiad to request ILLs, they can request a non-employee user account from ITS and use that account to log in to ILLiad.

Content updated Sep 28, 2023