Penn State Accounts

Community members who are not current Penn State students, faculty or staff may apply for a borrower card at any University Libraries' location by presenting current photo ID and proof of current address. University Libraries' borrower cards may be used to borrow books, videos, CDs and other materials.

If you’re a community borrower with a University Libraries' library card, you can also apply for a Penn State Account and link your Penn State Account to your University Libraries' account.

With a Penn State Account, you can place holds, renew materials and review your checkouts online through My Library Account.

Penn State Accounts do not provide access to the Libraries' online databases, journals, or e-books.

STAAR Accounts

Please note that STAAR Accounts will not be issued during the spring 2021 semester.

Community members and visitors to University Libraries may also apply for a STAAR account (Short Term Access Account for Research). STAAR accounts may be used to log into University Libraries' computers to access most online databases, journals, e-books, and the Internet. STAAR accounts can only be used while at a University Libraries' location and only for one day. You may apply for a STAAR account at a University Libraries' service desk by presenting current photo ID.

STAAR accounts are provided for online research or short-term Internet access and are not linked to your University Libraries' card. STAAR accounts are not required for borrowing and are issued at the discretion of the University Libraries.

FAQ - Penn State Account vs. STAAR
Question Penn State Account STAAR

How can I apply?

Bring current photo ID and proof of current address to a University Libraries' service desk

Bring current photo ID to a University Libraries' service desk

What can I use it for?

Place holds, renew books, use My Library Account online

Access most online databases, journals, e-books, and the Internet

Do I need a library card to use it?

Yes No

Is it linked to my library card?

Yes, can be linked using the online form (above) or at a University Libraries' service desk

No

Can I use it from home?

Yes No

Does it expire?

No

Yes, expires after one day

Can I print to library printers? No No