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Access Control

Boise State University currently utilizes electronic access control for hundreds of doors across campus, with additional doors being converted from physical keyed doors each month. Electronic access control provides both secure and controlled entry while also allowing for auditing and modification on demand.

To contact us for electronic door access questions, concerns or changes email

Building Access / Hours

August 11, 2021

Access to campus buildings will be restricted to students, faculty and staff with a valid Bronco Card. Guests, contractors and vendors who have been approved to be on campus will receive instructions for accessing campus buildings from their university contacts.

Once the fall semester is underway, all academic buildings will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and can be accessed without having to scan a card. Access to all buildings from 10 p.m. until 7 a.m. will be restricted to users who have been authorized to enter specific buildings after normal business hours.

On Saturdays, academic buildings can only be accessed with a Bronco Card between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Most buildings, with a few exceptions such as the Student Union Building (SUB), Recreation Center (REC) and Albertsons Library, are closed on Sundays.

Instructions for receiving or updating a Bronco Card can be found on the Information Desk’s website. Any user who has questions or issues with building access should contact If campus users find themselves locked out of buildings, they should contact campus security at (208) 426-6911.

Bronco Card provides access to university facilities including classrooms, offices, residence halls and the Recreation Center. This feature of the card – the ability to use it as a key to enter buildings equipped with electronic locks – will be of added importance for returning to campus this fall.

Though a Bronco Card will not always be required to enter buildings, users should still carry their card with them at all times to ensure they can retain access to a building. Bronco Cards can also be displayed digitally through the Boise State mobile app to verify identity but not to open electronic locks.


Ongoing/Upcoming Projects

The University is engaged in a project with the Idaho Department of Public Works to replace the existing electronic door access software system campus-wide. Please see the links below for information on this project:

Campus Communication Access Control Update (New Hardware Moratorium)