Alumni of NKU can continue to access many of Steely Library’s services.

Checkout & Library Cards

Please present your Alumni Association card and a picture ID when checking materials out from the library. A barcode will be placed on the back of your alumni card and a new patron record will be created for library use. The Alumni Association card is different from your NKU All-Card. If you do not have your alumni card, please call the NKU Alumni Association at 859-572-5486 for instructions on how to obtain a new card.

Library Databases

Most of Steely Library's databases are available to alumni from the computers located within the library. Please ask about logging into the computers, at a Public Service Desk.


To learn where to park when visiting Steely Library, check the NKU visitor parking website.


Alumni can create a RefWorks account. To read more about RefWorks and how to sign up, visit our RefWorks @ NKU page.

Off-Campus Alumni RefWorks Access

On-Campus Alumni RefWorks Access


The SourceFinder basic service is available for NKU alumni. Please check the library catalog - NKUIRE to determine if the materials you need are available before you make a SourceFinder request.

Materials can be requested through Steely Library's SourceFinder automated service by following the link and signing up for a user account. Alumni customers should indicate their status as an Alumni in the appropriate box.

With SourceFinder you only need to enter your personal information one time - during the initial registration. After that you will be able to log into your personal SourceFinder account to make requests, view the status of your requests, renew items, and pick up your electronically delivered materials.

What kinds of things can be borrowed through SourceFinder?

  • Books
  • Articles from magazines and journals
  • Videos
  • Audio tapes
  • Microfilm and microfiche

On average, it takes SourceFinder materials 7 to 10 days to arrive. Materials that are not delivered electronically can be picked up at the third floor Public Service Desk in Steely Library.

For more information on this service, please visit the SourceFinder policy page.

Steely Library phone number:  859.572.5457