Answered By: Sandie Brunnen
Last Updated: Feb 20, 2018     Views: 2546

The University Library is open, for reference, to anyone over 16 years of age who cannot find the material they require elsewhere.

To access the library as a visitor you will need to show photographic ID and sign in at Reception. If you will be using the Library regularly you will need to apply for a Visitor Card at the Help Desk. Proof of address will be required for card application. 

We will take your photo when you are in one of our Libraries, so that we can produce a card for you. Once the card has been printed and your account created, we will email you informing you that the card is ready to collect.

Please note that there is a charge of £5 for all visitor cards. This is to be paid when registering, as well as when registration is renewed on an annual basis. If you are already registered as a visitor, this charge will only be made when it is time to renew. This charge does not apply to categories of member such as SCONUL Access, Alumni, Sixth form students at eligible schools and colleges, disability support assistants and visitors to Special Collections & Archives.

There is limited guest and walk-in access to e-resources.

Registered walk-in users can print from the Library's eResources subject to copyright conditions, and as long as this is for non-commercial use only, ie. for private study or research.

Printing and scanning for any other use (Internet web pages, personal emails, other documents) is only available for staff and students as this requires a username and password to access the University network. Visitors should access the public library service if they require access to printing or scanning facilities for these purposes.

Subject to copyright conditions, visitors can photocopy in the Library by purchasing a guest card and adding credits.

If you are visiting from an institution that participates in the eduroam scheme you will be able to log in to the eduroam wifi using your own institution username and password. You will need to speak to your own institution's help desk before visiting the University to set this up.

Visitors and other external users cannot book any of the Library's study rooms.

Note that during University assessment periods, due to the pressure on study space, access to the libraries is restricted for visitors and other external members. When these restrictions are in place information is given on our Membership page, where other membership options are also given.

Maps and directions to our libraries.

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