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Auraria Campus

All current students, faculty, and staff of Community College of Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver, University of Colorado, Denver, and Auraria Higher Education Center have access to library resources. You can borrow circulating material, use computers in the library, and access library resources online from off campus. 


Colorado residents may register for library access by showing a Colorado picture ID. Public users may borrow 6 circulating materials. Computer use is limited to 30 minutes per day.

The CU System and Other Colleges and Universities

Students and employees from other Colorado colleges and universities may borrow circulating material and use library computers. Bring your school picture ID to register as an academic guest.

Prospective Students

If you are visiting Auraria as a prospective student, you can visit the Ask Us Desk to get a 1-day pass for library computers.

Visiting Scholars and Faculty Associates

Visiting scholars and faculty associates will need to work with their host department to obtain institutional credentials. You can borrow circulating material, use computers in the library, and access library resources online from off campus.

To obtain institutional credentials, contact:

  • MSU - users need to contact their sponsoring department and request affiliate user access. Sponsoring departments will need to submit a ticket with MSU ITS that includes name/s of researchers that need library access.
  • UCD – users need to fill out the CU Denver sponsored user form to request affiliate user access.
  • CCD - users should contact Claudia Forbes to request affiliate user access.

Emeritus Faculty

Emeritus Faculty are granted full Auraria Faculty privileges and are registered with the Emeritus affiliation after providing paperwork to the Ask Us desk from an Auraria Institution Dean or Director.

Retired Faculty

Retired Auraria faculty and staff from CCD, MSU Denver, and CU Denver receive no distinct Auraria Library privileges unless you are considered Emeritus faculty by your respective institution. If you continue to reside in the State of Colorado, you can receive public user privileges.


As an Auraria alumni, you can check out 6 circulating materials and use library computers. Alumni can also gain off-campus access to Annual Reviews, IEEE Xplore, Project Muse, Sage Journals, Philosophy Documentation Center - Poiesis, and CQ Researcher. Contact the alumni office of your institution to establish alumni privileges.

Ask Us Chat

Use this chat box to ask a librarian for research help. We’re available 24/7! (Holidays excluded.)


Text us your questions to 720-438-4446. We’ll answer from 9 am to 6 pm during the week and reply to after hours questions the next morning. (Your provider rates will apply.)


  • What Help is Available?
    Please visit our Auraria Library COVID-19 Updates for the latest updates about what services are currently available.

  • Visit the Ask Us Desk
    The Ask Us Service Desk is located on the first floor of the Library and provides in-person help by answering questions about the Library, Campus, or three Institutions. This service also loans anatomical items, technology items (such as phone charges and calculators), plus course reserves, or textbooks, for some classes. Please visit the Auraria Library COVID-19 Updates for information about when this service will be available.

  • Research Consultations
    Research consultations are for in-depth and lengthy discussions about research questions. Please use Schedule a Research Consultation Form to request an appointment. We can help you out via Zoom or over the phone. Due to the level of preparation needed, appointments should be made 48 hours in advance. If you need immediate help, please use our 24/7 chat service.


For general library information, as well as for questions about borrowing, renewing, or returning library materials, call 303-315-7763.

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