August 01, 2008

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LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell University today rolled out the new BU ID, a multipurpose identification card that may be used for a wide range of campus services, including library borrowing, bookstore purchases, dining, athletics events, and the campus box office, as well as for entry to residential and other campus buildings.

Students, faculty and staff received the new BU IDs this past week along with information on how they may be used, including as debit cards to pay for all campus dining services as well as for copiers and, soon for students, laundry. The card also serves as identification for the library, recreation facilities and events, and other Bucknell offices.

The BU ID also is used for entry to all residential buildings (except for housing at Bucknell West) and a few academic areas with protected equipment. An associated card reader system was installed this summer at the entrances of many campus buildings.

Using the BU ID, students will be able to enter their own residence hall at any time. Students, faculty and staff will be able to enter other buildings as needed during normal business hours.

BU ID replaces a Bucknell identification card that supported some campus services but not keyless entry.

For the new BU ID, the University has assigned each member of the campus community a unique number that is associated with the card. When the BU ID is presented at a card reader, the database matches the card to a user and confirms usage and entry privileges.

The Card Services Office, which is part of the Office of Housing and Residential Life, is responsible for the creation and distribution of the new BU ID. For more information, visit

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