Why are most of the library databases unavailable to alumni off-campus?
Unfortunately, we are limited in our ability to offer these resources to our alumni. The license agreements we sign for most of our electronic resources limit access to current Trinity students, faculty and staff. The contracts state clearly that we risk loss of access if we are found to be providing access beyond that community of users. The information providers want to sell that same information to you, your public library or the company for which you work, so they do not allow us to make it available to our thousands of alumni.
We are permitted to provide access to any patron who physically visits the building to use our electronic resources, with the exception of a few providers that prohibit it. In those cases, users must have a current Trinity network account or ask for a temporary sign-in at our Circulation Desk. It may be possible for you to gain access to some of these resources through your public library branch, or by setting up a pay-per-use account with some providers.