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Alumni Access to Mason Library

The Johns Hopkins University Libraries offer a number of resources for its alumni, ranging from access to Library spaces to free borrower accounts.

Current Johns Hopkins students have priority over alumni and other library guests. In-library privileges may be limited based on availability of seating and resources.

Direct questions about access, including obtaining a Visitor Pass, to You can also call +1 (202) 663-5900.

Fall 2021 update: In compliance with the University’s COVID-19 guidelines, we are unable to extend access to alumni. We regret any inconvenience, and we look forward to welcoming back our extended community.

JHU Alumni are eligible for free borrower accounts. To request privileges, email

Alumni borrowing has a 50 book maximum and does not include Interlibrary Loan, Borrow Direct or access to some e-book collections.

Johns Hopkins SAIS alumni are welcome to use JH Libraries databases in the Mason Library. Due to licensing restrictions, off-campus access to the full range of databases ceases six months after graduation.

The Johns Hopkins Alumni Association and the Johns Hopkins University Libraries have partnered to create Hopkins KnowledgeNET (HKNET), which offers alumni free access to some full-text academic journals and other resources.

Set up your KnowledgeNET access.


JPASS gives alumni discounted fee-based access to 1,800-plus academic journals on JSTOR. There are monthly and annual options. Note that both plans have limits on the number of articles you can download.

Graduates who would like to continue using RefWorks can change to an alumni account (instructions). RefWorks allows Johns Hopkins alumni to keep their accounts for their lifetimes.

You can also export your references to another citation manager or, if you do not intend to use RefWorks in the future, do nothing. The information and your ability to access it will disappear when your JHED account expires.

Office of Alumni Relations: or +1 (202) 587-3210

Hopkins Alumni Association: or +1 (800) JHU-JHU1. Learn more information about alumni email accounts.