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New to the Library?

Getting Started

    Check Out Library Materials

    Alverno students, faculty and staff can check out library materials using the barcode on their Alverno ID card.

    Courtesy cards are available for Alverno Alumnae (free for the first year and $10 annually thereafter), non-Alumnae community members ($35 annually), and cooperating teachers (free). Please contact the library for more information.

    To learn about checking out library materials, how long material can be kept (loan periods), and overdue charges, see the Alverno Library Policies.

    How Do I Find...?

    Learn how to find books, journal articles, newspaper articles, videos, CDs, databases, and reserves at the Alverno library.

    Check the calendar of Library hours. Weekend hours vary depending on whether or not Weekend College is in session. 

    Learn to Use the Library

    Take tutorials to learn how to do library resesarch:

    My Library Account

    Log into TOPCAT using your username and password to renew library materials you have checked out or to view items currently checked out or on hold. If you have not logged into TOPCAT before, use the default username and password. Change your password after the first time you log in (instructions).

    Off-Campus Access

    Alverno databases and journal articles can be accessed from off-campus using your library barcode and PIN. See the Off-Campus Access to Library Resources guide for requirements and tips for off-campus access.

    Research Help

    Email an Alverno Librarian or call the Research Assistance Desk at 414-382-6062 with any research or library-related questions.


    Try the library FAQ or our TOPCAT FAQ