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.

To borrow from the University Library, you will need to become an External Reader and pay an annual fee of £50.00 for 12 months membership.

There are some External Readers who are not required to pay fees:

For alumni of the University of Portsmouth, membership of the Alumni Association includes the opportunity to apply for free External membership for 12 months at any time during the first 12 months after graduating from the University.  Thereafter, the standard annual fee is charged to Alumni.

Retired University of Portsmouth staff may borrow from the University Library for free.

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

Regular reference-only visitors may apply for a free External Reference card.

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. 

This Academic Year (2017/2018): Access for visitors (i.e. those using day passes) and non-fee-paying external users (i.e. Reference and SCONUL users) will be restricted for four weeks between Monday 16th April and Friday 11th May 2018 inclusive. 

Your external card must be brought with you every time you use te Library, as this identifies you as a valid library user and allows you to gain access to the Library through our entry turnstiles. As a registered library user, you will be allowed only one cardless visit to the Library each academic session (August – July each year).

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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