External readers

Day Passes
Members of the public may use the University Library for reference purposes free of charge. Please bring some photographic ID with you and go to the Reception Desk during staffed hours (i.e. 0900 – 2100 Mon – Fri, 1000 – 1600 Sat – Sun during term-time. See the University Library opening times for vacation arrangements). You will be asked to complete a form and will be issued with a Day Pass to enable you to access the Library, which will last until midnight.

External Membership 
External membership of the University Library is available to those who are not staff or students of the University. To become an External Reader, please email library@port.ac.uk to request an online form. You will be asked to email a jpeg format photo. In order to collect your External Reader card, you will need photographic ID and confirmation of your address dated within the last three months.

Please note, from 1st January 2019, external membership of the University Library will be free of charge. External members will be able to borrow up to two books at a time (previously four). Therefore, you may join and pay £50 in December for the existing external membership (with four loans) or wait until January for the free membership (with two loans).

SCONUL Access enables students and staff registered at another institution and who are entitled to join, to register under the SCONUL Access scheme.

Note that restricted access to the Library may be applied during the academic year in the run up to the examination period. This is reviewed each year, depending on the dates of the University’s Formal Exam Period and on use of the Library building, but usually falls during April / May. Restricted access to the Library is limited to our students, staff and fee-paying External members only. 

Your external card must be brought with you every time you use the Library, as this identifies you as a valid library user and allows you to gain access to the Library through our entry turnstiles. 

External membership of the University Library does not include access to our networked PCs, to the University's WiFi or to printing services.  Visitors may access a limited range of e-resources using our Walk-in Access service.

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