Use of Western's Leslie F. Malpass Library

Alumni can use the physical library and can search the online databases when they are on campus. Use of online catalogs for books and media and access to the library's reference services, guides, etc. are included in your benefits.

However, access to online databases, with the exception of RefWorks, is not available to alumni. This is because the library purchases a license fee for online databases based on the number of faculty and students at Western Illinois University. That fee is based on an educational purpose and changes as enrollment changes. Therefore, the license does not include alumni, however, the library continues to explore options that would allow alumni to use the databases, including benchmarking what other schools are doing.