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JWU Library for Alumni: Program Description

Information about library resources and services for Johnson & Wales University alumni


​Downcity Library -  The Yena Center,111 Dorrance Street, Providence, RI 02903

  • Collections supporting research in Business, Engineering & Design, Hospitality, and Liberal Studies
  •  85K+ books; 100+ journal subscriptions
  • 65+ research databases providing full-text access to journal articles, e-books, images, and streamed videos

Harborside Library - The Friedman Center, 299 Harborside Boulvard, Providence, RI 02905

  • Collections supporting research in Culinary Arts, Nutrition, and Education
  • 35K+ books; 50+ journal subscriptions
  • 65+ research databases providing full-text access to journal articles, e-books, images, and streamed videos
  • 2000+ Restaurant menus from around the world


Getting Started

Step 1.  Register with Alumni Services 

Step 2. Obtain an Alumni ID 

  • For on campus building access, activate the ID by visiting Safety & Security at 254 Weybosset Street, Providence, RI 02903
  • For on campus use of library computers, activate your network login by following instructions available on the IT website

Step 3. Check Library Hours

Step 4. Visit the Library

  • Once your ID is activated, you will be able to enter either library during posted hours of operation

Library Resources & Services


Alumni may borrow circulating JWU Library materials for 28 days, with 2 renewal periods

Renewing Borrowed Materials

Alumni may renew by calling JWU Library Access Services at (401) 598-1121 or (401) 598-1466.

Overdue Items

Alumni will be billed for any items not returned to JWU Library in a timely manner

HELIN Libraries

Currently, JWU alumni do not have borrowing privileges at HELIN Libraries unless they have a direct affiliation with any of the participating HELIN institutions (CCRI, Providence College, Rhode Island College, Roger Williams University, Salve Regina University, Wheaton College)

JWU librarians are happy to assist alumni in determining best options for obtaining desired information resources, and if available only at a HLELIN library are happy to makes special requests on behalf of alumni in good standing who are registered with JWU Alumni Services.

Interlibrary Loan

JWU Library will obtain no-cost, non-returnable items for alumni through interlibrary loan (ILL). Non-returnable items are generally limited to journal articles or book chapters which can be shared in digital format. Once obtained by JWU Library the loaned item is forwarded to alumni via e-mail. Such items do not need to be returned. JWU Library does not provide ILL to alumni for returnable items such as print books or DVDs. For more information, e-mail the interlibrary loan librarian

Tech Tips

Computer Use

Once your network access is activated by IT, you may use any of the many Windows and Mac terminals available in both the Downcity and Harborside Library.


Alumni may print from a library computer to a library printer by borrowing a guest print card from one of the library service desks


Available once your network access has been activated

Digital Scanning

Both JWU Library facilities offer wide-bed scanners from which to scan to e-mail or scan to disk

Remote Access to Databases

  • By registering  with JWU Alumni Services, off campus access is available to:
    •  GoinGlobal Country Career Guides Updated international job/internship postings in 35 countries! Country-specific: Work permit/visa regulations, resume writing guidelines, interviewing advice, cultural & business etiquette, cost of living expenses, industry/employment trends, top companies, & professional trade associations for networking. Find companies in the U.S. who are temporarily hiring foreign workers who qualify for H1-B visa status.
    • GoinGlobal USA Careers Updated job postings for the 40 largest cities in the U.S. and Canada. City-specific industry/employment trends, top companies, cost of living expenses, job fairs, and more. Find companies in America's largest cities who are temporarily hiring foreign workers who qualify for H1-B visa status.

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