External membership of the University Library is 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 complete the online form. You will be asked to email a jpeg format photo (we are unable to process your application until you send a photo). In order to collect your external member card, you will need to show photographic ID. External members can borrow up to two books at a time and membership lasts for 12 months, when you will be invited to renew.
Please note that the Library will be unstaffed on Saturdays from the 31st July to the 4th September inclusive, and it will not be possible to collect external cards.
In line with current Covid restrictions, you will be required to wear a face covering while in the library, unless medically exempt. All users of the library are required to observe social distancing requirements at all times while in the library. The SCONUL Access Scheme is currently suspended, however, SCONUL members can join as external members instead.
External membership renewal
External members will be invited to renew their membership a month before their membership expires. Applicants who are renewing will be asked to provide photographic ID when they collect their replacement card.
Membership for ex members of staff
Former members of staff who join as external members can borrow up to ten books at a time.
Can I join as an external member today?
You will need to complete the online form and you will be informed by email when you can come and collect your card.
Restrictions to external membership
During the University's dissertation hand-in and examination period, external & SCONUL members, and day visitors may be unable to gain access to the University Library.