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Friends of the Library

For more than 80 years, the Friends of the Libraries have been an essential partner—offering time and resources to ensure the Libraries’ continued success and that of the faculty and students we serve. Through lectures and programs and the support of acquisitions, technology, and access, the Friends play a vital role in assuring that Johns Hopkins advances and preserves the “great library” that President Gilman put at the heart of a “strong university."

Do you offer any assistance or in-depth research service for alumni?

Once you login to HKNET there is an extensive FAQ that answers many questions. If needing more in-depth assistance beyond the FAQ, HKNET does provide a fee-based service called Hopkins Personal Librarian (HPL). HPL, a service for Hopkins Alumni, can assist the person who has an in-depth research need, or would rather have someone else do the searching and provide the documents to him or her. Alumni have used the HPL service for a variety of purposes, including to supplement dissertation research, to learn about the current state of science communication and public knowledge of science, and to conduct research on literary topics.  Hopkins Personal Librarian utilizes the resources available within HKNET.  Please contact us via email at or toll-free telephone, 1-866-269-8471 if you'd like to place a request for service.

Access to the Homewood Libraries

Access to the libraries is granted to any person age 16 or older upon presentation of photo identification. Visitors under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Alumni Online Library

Hopkins KnowledgetNET (HKNET) provides a collection of databases that have been licensed specifically for alumni use. HKNET is completely separate from the Johns Hopkins libraries’ electronic resources and collections. Johns Hopkins library database licenses have restrictions that allow only current students, faculty, and staff to access them, so remote access to these databases ends once you graduate.

To help address post-graduation access, the Alumni Association and the libraries have partnered to create Hopkins KnowledgeNET (HKNET), the Alumni Online Library. HKNET contains academic and popular journal articles, a comprehensive music encyclopedia, directories  and more through certain databases licensed specifically for alumni access, as well as links to additional collections of online resources, digital libraries, and other Johns Hopkins publications.  See a complete list of available databases here. 

HKNET is available to all graduates of Johns Hopkins University.  To connect, go to the KnowledgeNET login page and enter your JHED ID and password.