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Visitor Access Overview

Related links: Visiting Special Collections, Community Borrower Card, Visiting Scholars, and Special Borrowers.

The University Libraries at Florida State University welcome visitors and researchers. Any person may visit the libraries and use print materials, licensed databases, government documents, and the FSU Library Catalog on-site.

Visiting FSU Libraries

Visitors are welcome but are required to present an official state or university identification (e.g. driver’s license, university ID card, passport) to obtain a Guest Card before entering the Strozier and Dirac libraries.  

Any FSU student, faculty and staff, or retired faculty and staff, with an active FSUCard can enter Strozier or Dirac at the turnstiles. Family members and friends need to stop at the Guest Services desk and obtain a Guest Card.

Guest hours are from 7:30am-10:00pm with the last Guest card being issued at 8:00pm.

Visitor Access to the University Libraries

Patrons who are not current students, faculty, or staff may purchase a Community Borrowing Card to borrow print materials. These cards do not offer access to library databases outside of the libraries.

Visiting researchers sponsored by an FSU department must see your FSU department to obtain an FSU Card. They are eligible for 16 Week loan periods and 5 online renewals.

Researchers not officially sponsored by an FSU department, or on appointment at FSU, may apply for a temporary library card. You will need to show official identification and have a letter from your sponsoring institution or a state, county, or federal agency describing your reasearch needs.  Researchers may also apply for internet access in the libraries by submitting the Visiting Scholar Account Application.

Florida Community Colleges and Public University students may borrow materials with a valid, current ID card from his/her home college or university.

Visitor's Computer Access

The computers in the libraries are intended primarily for the research needs of the FSU faculty, students, and staff.  FSU does not provide computers for internet browsing to the public.

University Libraries provides 12 computers for research access to the public. These computers are restricted to FSU-licensed library resources, government resources, and the FSU library catalog. The Research Kiosks are distributed throughout the Libraries as follows:

Strozier Learning Commons: 4 Research Kiosks
Strozier Scholars Commons: 2 Research Kiosks
Strozier North 4th Floor: 2 Research Kiosks
Strozier North 5th Floor: 2 Research Kiosks
Dirac 2nd (Main) Floor: 2 Research Kiosks
Qualified researchers (from government agencies or sponsored by FSU departments) who require research access beyond that available with the Research Kiosks may request semester long access to library computers.

Government Documents

As a depository for Federal, State, and United Nations documents, Strozier Library is open to the public for access to the documents collection.

Wireless Access

FSU’s Office of Information Technology Services now has an option for “Guest Registration” on the FSUWIN network.  To activate on your wireless device first connect to the FSUWIN network.  Then select "Guest Registration" on the log in page.  Once you fill out the form you will get a temporary password texted to your phone.  To log in with any wireless device, use your cell phone number as your user ID and this temporary password.  More information can be found on the ITS website

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