• Library building closed. Do not return books until further notice.

External members

When the Library reopens, we will be adhering to social distancing measures, therefore access to the building will be restricted to members of the University only, that is students and staff.  However, existing external members (including SCONUL members) who wish to return books may do so when the Library reopens. External members with outstanding books will have their Library accounts renewed for a further period to avoid books on loan going overdue.


SCONUL members, External members and Day Visitors may be unable to gain access to the University of Portsmouth Library during the University's dissertation hand-in and examination period.

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 also free of charge, and available to those who are over 16 and who are not staff or students of the University. To become an External member 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 member card, you will need photographic ID and confirmation of your address dated within the last three months. External members can borrow up to two books at a time and membership lasts for 12 months, when you will be invited to renew. Applicants who are renewing will be asked to provide confirmation of their current postal address when they collect their replacement card.

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

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.

Can I join as an external member today?

No, you will need to email library@port.ac.uk asking for external membership and they will send a link to an on line form. However, you won't be able to get your new card issued immediately:  this can take up to 5 working days and up to two weeks during August/September in the run-up to the new academic year. However, you can use the Library immediately for reference purposes, provided you bring photographic ID with you.

If you have your SCONUL acceptance email with you, we will ask you to complete a form and you will need to supply a photo either by jpeg to the Registration mailbox or a passport sized photo handed to the Reception desk. You will need your SCONUL Access confirmation email from your home institution, indicating for which SCONUL Access Band you are eligible and their agreed expiry date, together with your institutional ID/library card.