Visiting our Libraries

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Any new and renewing membership applications will not be processed at this time.

The University Libraries at Florida State University welcome visitors and researchers. Any person may visit the libraries and use print materials, licensed databases, government documents, and the FSU Library Catalog on-site. Find information below about visiting the libraries as a student, faculty, staff, or member of the community as well as specific information for using our expansive collection of resources.

Visiting FSU Libraries as a Community Member

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Related links: Visiting Special Collections

The University Libraries at Florida State University welcomes visitors and researchers. Any person may visit the libraries and use print materials, licensed databases, government documents, and the FSU Library Catalog on-site. Visitors are welcome but are required to present an official state or university identification (e.g. driver’s license, university ID card, passport) to obtain a Guest Card before entering the Strozier and Dirac libraries.

FSU retirees maintain lifelong access and borrowing privileges with the Libraries.  For questions, see your department’s HR representative.

Guest hours are from 7:30am-10:00pm with the last Guest card being issued at 8:00pm. Florida College and University students, staff, and faculty may enter Strozier and Dirac libraries during any hour they are open.

Borrowing Print Materials - Library Cards

Community visitors that currently have Special Borrowing Permits or Friends of the Libraries access have limited checkout terms. Due to COVID we are not currently processing new Special Borrowing or Friends of the Libraries Permits.

Visiting scholars on appointment with an FSU department are FSU employees. They are automatically assigned an FSU ID card with full library privileges.

Florida Community Colleges and Public University students may borrow materials with a valid, current ID card from his/her home college or university.

All of our Borrowing Policies can be viewed in our policies page.

Visitor Computer Access

The computers in the libraries are intended primarily for the research needs of the FSU faculty, students, and staff.  FSU does not provide computers for internet browsing to the public.

University Libraries provides 12 computers for research access to the public. These computers are restricted to FSU-licensed library resources, government resources, and the FSU library catalog. The Research Kiosks are distributed throughout the Libraries as follows:

Strozier Scholars Commons (Basement/Lower Level): 2 Research Kiosks

Dirac 2nd (Main) Floor: 2 Research Kiosks

Government Documents

As a depository for Federal, State, and United Nations documents, Strozier Library is open to the public for access to the documents collection.

Guest Wireless Access

FSU's Office of Information Technology Services now has an option for “Guest Registration” on the FSUGuest network.

To connect, visitors simply choose FSUGuest from the list of available networks, open a Web browser, click the Guest Registration button, and they are directed to a guest registration page. Upon registration, guest Wi-Fi is available immediately, and access is valid for two days. The FSUGuest network does not allow access to library resources. Researchers will still need to use a Research Kiosk for access to the libraries' licensed resources.

Guests can access Wi-Fi on multiple devices, and there is no limit to the number of times a visitor can register. To log in with any wireless device, use your cell phone number as your user ID and this temporary password.  More information can be found on the ITS website

Other Resources

Visiting FSU Libraries as a Student or Staff

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Any FSU student, faculty, or staff with an active FSUCard can enter Strozier or Dirac at the turnstiles. Family members and friends need to stop at the Guest Services desk and obtain a Guest Card.

Useful Resources

Visiting Special Collections