Top Tips


Top tips from ALF 2017 event case study libraries on developing your alumni library service

Keep it simple

  • In order to attract more alumni members, one Library ensured a simplified registration process, offered swipe access to library buildings and access at all sites.

Working with colleagues

  • Don’t underestimate the importance of the Library to the Alumni Office. The University of Manchester said that their Alumni Office felt the Library was THE key point of engagement for many alumni. The Alumni Office now ensures they put their messages in library spaces due to the amount of alumni traffic both online and in person.
  • Build stronger relationships with the Alumni Office by ensuring Library Services are active at alumni events to promote online and on-site access.
  • Developing a close relationship with Alumni Office offers the opportunity for costs for access to e-resources to be shared. 

Tactics to widen alumni online access

  • Capitalise on ‘free’ alumni online access cited in Eduserv CHEST & Jisc deals e.g. EBSCO Education Databases.
  • Seek alumni online access in directly negotiated deals e.g. ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global
  • Fund ‘top-up-fees’ to provide alumni online access, where affordable e.g. JSTOR and SAE Mobilus.


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The case studies at ALF 2017 were from Imperial College, Sheffield University, and the universities of Edinburgh and Manchester. For full case study slides and other presentations, please see the ALF conferences 2017 section of the Members Area.


New to alumni library services?
You might also be interested in reading our introductory leaflet entitled “So you want an alumni library service” – also available in the Members Area.

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