Answered By: Bryan Carson Last Updated: Jul 31, 2017 Views: 8
The use of Summon and the library's catalog is open to the public. You are free to search it. Anything you can reach is open to your use, and we do have some open-access journal content. Summon is a discovery system that indexes all the Library's content. Most of the online content is provided by vendors through subscriptions, and these subscriptions include strict conditions. The most relevant in this case is that "remote access" (i.e., off-campus access) must be restricted to current Middlebury students, faculty, and staff. We use EZproxy to enforce the conditions. Your status, however, is determined by your Banner status, and that's controlled by the Registrar.
The licensing conditions for our subscription databases are standard across academia.
That said, the Library purchases alumni access for subscription databases when available. The Middlebury Library provides alumni access to JSTOR and Project Muse. Access is via a separate alumni account. Setting that account up is explained on this page: