Register for Alumni Access

If you do not have an alumni account you can register by filling out this form.

Once you have an account you can use the premium resources listed below.

E-Resources for Alumni

Bar Ilan Online Judaic Responsa - Includes Responsa literature, the Bible, the Talmud and their principal commentaries; works about Jewish law and customs; major codes of Jewish law, such as Maimonides' Mishneh Torah and the Shulchan Aruch with its principal commentaries; midrashim, Zohar, etc.  

COTAR - A repository of articles from Torah periodicals dealing with matters of Jewish law. Searches should be entered in Hebrew characters.  

Index of References Dealing with Talmudic Literature (Lieberman Institute) – The Index encompasses the Mishna, Tosefta, Talmud Bavli & Yerushalmi, and refers to more than 1000 books, from the Geonic to the modern period, citing specific pages or notes in which the given Talmudic text is discussed. Where available, the Index provides a direct link (click on the magnifying-glass icon) to the cited work at

National Newspapers - Comprehensive coverage of leading international, national, and regional papers such as The New York Times, USA TODAY, The Atlanta-Journal Constitution, The Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, The Guardian, Christian Science Monitor, Houston Chronicle, The Los Angeles Times,  San Francisco Chronicle, and The Washington Post.  Overall coverage is 1980s to the present.

Otzar HaHochma Online - Currently the website in supported in Google chrome browser only. A massive digital library of more than 90,000 sefarim (Hebrew books) on the Bible, Mishnah, Talmud, Jewish law, and Jewish thought.
NOTE: This is a new platform. The old platform is temporarily still available.--To access, click חזור לממשק הקודם (top left).
To print click printer icon (in vertical menu to the left of the document); enter page range, and click הדפס. To print to PDF, choose "Save as PDF" as printer destination and then click SAVE.

REFWORKS - A web-based tool for managing references and bibliographical information, that allows you to create your own personal database by importing references from text files, online databases or other sources. You may then automatically format bibliographies in one of many different citation styles.  You can access RefWorks for Alumni through the link above.  If you wish to open a new RefWorks account click on RefWorksand sign up for an individual account as instructed.  If you have been working with a RefWorks account as a YU student and you wish to maintain that account as an alumnus, register for alumni resources.

SAGE Premier Journals: Find full text of articles in over 645 journals in the Social Sciences & Humanities, Health Sciences, Life & Biomedical Sciences, and Materials Science & Engineering.

Talmud Text Databank (Saul Lieberman Institute) - This database contains manuscripts, first printed editions and Cairo Geniza fragments of the Babylonian Talmud. Additionally, there are more than 1,700 digital photographs of Mishnah and Talmud fragments from the Adler Geniza collection in New York (JTS) and early European fragments from libraries and archives in Italy.

Alumni/ae Access Policies

  1. Checking out books
    1. Fill out registration card at the circulation desk.
    2. $25/semester
    3. Time frame: immediate
  2. Online resource access for Alumni/ae
    1. See resources available at
    2. Register for an account by clicking the link at that site or
    3. Time frame: usually 1 day
  3. Use of YULIS PCs (*any extant alumni accounts on Academic Computers will eventually be purged)
    1. Try to log into Academic Computer*.  If unsuccessful, try logging into YULIS PC.  If unsuccessful, follow next steps:
    2. Fill out paper form obtained at Circ Desk, which requests info such as birth date.
    3. email with login info will be sent
    4. Time frame: usually 1 day
  4. Printing & Copying
    1. Ask at circulation desk for a printing/copying card.
    2. Fill out online form on designated PC.  Then swipe the card at that PC to initiate it
    3. Add $ to card by swiping it at kiosk next to copier. [$.20/page; $1.00/color page]
    4. To copy, swipe card at copier.
    5. To print, send print job to PC from a YULIS PC, and swipe card at release station to release job.