Community Users Information

Currently McWherter Library is only open to students, faculty and staff via ID Card Swipe.

If you are not a UofM student or employee, in order to be logged into guest computers for database access, check out books, or use microfilm/form you must obtain a Special Privileges card. To obtain a Special Privileges card, complete a Community Special Privileges Registration Form and bring to the Checkout Desk on the 1st floor, along with your valid driver's license or student/faculty ID. If you are a local high school student, complete a High School Special Privileges Registration Form. Consider ways to join and give back to the University Libraries, like joining the Friends of the Library.


UofM Alumni

UofM alumni need a Special Privileges card to check out books and be logged into guest computers. Visit UofM's Alumni Association for additional resources.

Visiting Scholars

Visiting scholars need a Special Privileges card to check out books and be logged into guest computers. For off-campus/remote database access and additional UofM resources, you may be eligible for a Sponsored Account (a program run by ITS).

Students & Faculty From Other Colleges

Students & faculty from other colleges which are part of the Memphis Area Library Council's reciprocal borrowing program should bring their student/faculty ID when submitting a Special Privileges application.

High School Students

High school students can apply for a High School Special Privileges card. Referral by your high school librarian is required. Students under 18 years of age require parental approval and must be accompanied by an adult when submitting the application.


Guest Computers

McWherter Library has 6 guest computers for use. Guest computers allow users with Special Privileges cards to access library databases*, government publications, and basic software installed on the computers. Guest computers do not have printing access and cannot store files, so users should plan to email files to themselves or bring a USB flashdrive or other storage device.

To be logged into one of the computers, bring your Special Privileges card to the Research Assistance Desk on the 1st floor. During the fall and spring semesters, guest computers are limited to 1 log-in per day for up to 2 hours. During the summer semester and semester interims, guest computers can be logged in 2 times per day for up to 2 hours each.

*Note that off-campus/remote database access is only available to current UofM students and employees. All Tennessee residents have access to Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL) databases.

Borrowing Materials

Users with Special Privileges cards (Non-UofM Students and Community Members) can borrow and use materials from the University Libraries.

Events & Exhibits

Many workshops, lectures, and other events held at the University Libraries are free and open to the public. Displays and exhibits are always free and open to the public. Visit News and Events for more information.