Library Cards


Colorado State University students’ RamCard is their official library card and can be used to checkout books, devices, and more.

Faculty & Staff

Faculty and staff also use their RamCard to checkout items from the library.

Faculty and staff can authorize another person to checkout materials to their account. Visit the Faculty/Staff Authorization page for instructions on how to request authorizations.

Community Patrons

CSU Libraries is not accepting applications for community patron cards, since the Library is currently closed to everyone except CSU students, faculty and staff.

Community patrons can apply for a library card at the Morgan Library Loan & Reserve Desk. Minors 11 and older can apply for a library card with a parent/guardian co-signature. Community patrons must be residents of Colorado and provide proof with a current State Driver’s License or State ID Card. Cards are non-transferable and must be renewed every year.

CSU Alumni

Library privileges may be granted to alumni of CSU upon submitting an application. See the Loan & Reserve Desk for additional information.

Visiting/Affiliate Faculty/Scholars

Library privileges may be granted to visiting scholars and other university affiliates. Visit the Affiliates page for more information.

Retired Employees

Retired faculty retain the same full privileges they had as active faculty: 6 month borrowing, ILL and Prospector Services, and remote access to online resources. Retired faculty are automatically granted a library account, which is accessed using the retiree’s eID and University ID number.

Retired Administrative Professionals (AP) and Classified Staff (CS) are also able to check out books for 6 months. However, to use online resources, a retired AP or CSU must be using a library computer or campus wi-fi connection. Retired AP and CS staff need to fill out a brief application at the library’s circulation desk to (re)activate their account, and will receive a new library account number and cID (Community ID).

Other University/College Affiliates

Library privileges may be granted to those from another university or college upon presentation of a current ID from that college/university. See the Loan & Reserve Desk for additional information.

Conference Borrowers

Summer conference attendees may request temporary access to CSU Library services. Contact the Loan & Reserve Desk for more information.

Poudre River Public Library District Card

CSU students, faculty, and staff can use their RamCard as a PRPLD public library card by opting-in to a joint program offered by CSU and PRPLD.

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