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Using the Computers in Sterne Library
Library policy on internet and computer use.
Sterne Library Computers
Who may use the computers in Sterne Library?
Anyone with a BlazerID may use a computer in Sterne Library. There are computers on all three floors.

If I don't have a BlazerID, may I use the computers?
Authorized guest users are welcome to use the Library computers. Authorized guest users include:
  • Faculty, staff, and students from other colleges and universities with current college or university-issued photo IDs or proof of enrollment. If ID does not show an expiration date, guests will be required to verify enrollment or employment online.
  • UAB National Alumni Society members with current membership cards
  • A Friend of Sterne Library with a current membership card
  • Anyone with a valid Sterne Library Courtesy card.

Using Library databases and online resources is restricted off campus to those with active BlazerIDs and passwords (faculty, staff, and students). Other users including Alumni Society members, Friends of Sterne Library, and those with Sterne Library courtesy cards must access Library resources from inside the Library with a password obtained at the Reference Desk. They cannot access most of these materials from off campus.

I am an authorized guest user. How do I get started?
Just ask the helpful folks at the Reference Desk for an "authorized guest user ID." The ID and password expire at 10:00 p.m. each day.

Once I have an authorized guest user ID, what can I access?
You can access all Library databases and journals, the internet, and Microsoft Office; until 10:00 p.m.

What about those of us who are not authorized guest users?
There are several "catalog-only" computers which are available to all our patrons; these provide access to the Library's online catalog, to some databases and journals, and to everything on UAB's web site. Catalog-only computers are on all three floors of the Library and are available until 10:00 p.m.

here is a little summary
ID Computers Databases and
Internet Catalog Microsoft Office Hours
BlazerID any all everything yes yes whenever we're open
Authorized guest user any all everything yes yes until 10:00 p.m.
Neither catalog-only some UAB web site yes no until 10:00 p.m.

Questions? Please call the Reference Desk at 205-934-6364 or e-mail us.