Alumni Services

General Information

Teachers College Alumni are welcome to use the Gottesman Libraries resources, both print and online, within Russell Hall for no fee. A photo ID must be presented to the Security guard in Zankel Building for entrance to the campus, and Alumni must first visit the Alumni Affairs Office to procure documentation needed by the Security Office for access to the Gottesman Libraries.

Alumni may purchase memberships that cover remote access to online resources (see below), or borrowing privileges for books. Borrowing privileges are $30.00 per month, payable online. Alumni may also freely access PocketKnowledge, the digital repository and social archive of Teachers College (see below for details on creating a new account).

Online Resources

Teachers College Alumni may access all e-resources from within The Gottesman Libraries.

Alumni may access select e-resources remotely through an alumni-dedicated directory which handles off-campus traffic. The databases below are selected for their current and predicted usage, with permissions granted from providers for alumni access. Sign up for remote access, and pay the annual membership fee of $100 online using a credit card here:

Upon signing up, subscribers will be charged the annual membership fee until cancelled. You will receive a link to cancel your subscription via email 30 days prior to renewal. Subscribers can recover their passwords here.

  • Education Full Text (Enter through Ebsco)

    Education Full Tex provides comprehensive coverage of an international range of English-language periodicals, monographs and yearbooks. Indexing coverage begins June 1983; abstracts are included beginning spring 1994; full text of some journals is available beginning Jan. 1996. Indexing and abstracting coverage is identical to that of Education index and Education abstracts.
  • ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center) (Enter ERIC)

    The government sponsored site of ERIC provides free access to more than 1.2 million bibliographic records of journal articles and other education-related materials and, if available, includes links to full text. ERIC is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences (IES).
  • Academic Search Alumni Edition (Enter through Ebsco)

    Academic Search Alumni Edition is designed for the research needs of the post-college professional. The database provides full text for more than 2,300 journals as well as indexing and abstracting for more than 8,000 journals. The database offers information in nearly every area of academic study including biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, psychology, religion and theology, and more. Academic Search Alumni Edition also includes valuable peer-reviewed full text journals, offering critical information from many sources.
  • ABI/INFORM Complete (Enter through Proquest)

    ABI Complete offers hard-to-find local and regional business news coverage of large corporations, privately held companies, local start-ups, executive profiles, marketing, finance, and industry news. It provides access to business information not typically found in national news sources. From 1985 to the present, it contains news and analysis, information on local markets, and more gathered from major business tabloids, magazines, daily newspapers, wire services, and city, state, and regional business publications.

  • Proquest Research Library (Alumni Version) (Enter through Proquest)

    The Research Library database provides access to more than 1,700 full-text journals from 1971 to the present across a wide range of subject areas, including business, education, literature, political science and psychology.

The Library will continue to monitor additional resources as they become available and to provide research assistance and/or consultation services when requested.

In addition the Library will provide specialized orientations each semester for alumni on the use of e-resources, as well as access to online learning modules that support research.


Teachers College Alumni may have full access to PocketKnowledge, the digital repository and social archive for Teachers College.

Alumni who wish to access PocketKnowledge should first set up an PocketKnowledge account, and send an email to the Office of Alumni Relations asking for "University-level access" to PocketKnowledge. In their email to the Alumni Office, they should include:

1) First and Last Name
2) Year of Graduation from TC
3) The email they used to set up a PocketKnowledge account.

After the Office of Alumni Relations confirms the above information and provides the relevant documentation, the Gottesman Libraries provides University-level access.

Alumni are welcome to use the services of the Digitization Support for scanning and uploading of authored materials into PocketKnowledge.

Education Program Activities

Alumni are welcome and encouraged to participate in the full range of library sponsored events, including: book talks, exhibitions, films, monthly newsletter, musical performances, newspaper program, Socratic Conversations and the University Seminar on Innovation in Education, and other special events.

For further information or questions regards library services for alumni please contact us.

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