Visiting our libraries

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Visits are currently suspended

Arranging a visit

We normally require a minimum of a week’s notice of a visit to ensure that you'll have everything you need in place before you come.

The maximum number of students per visit is 10. Groups must be accompanied by a teacher. If visiting outside of University term time (see our vacation dates) we may accommodate larger groups on a case by case basis.

Individual student visits

Individual students may visit our libraries up to 10 times in one year.  If you'd like to use our libraries to help your studies, you will need to bring an introductory letter from your teacher or tutor, printed on school or college-headed paper. 

When to visit

Year 12 and 13 students may visit our libraries to use the resources any time except the first 6 weeks of the summer term. It is also advisable to avoid Welcome Week (the week before autumn term starts) and the first week of the autumn term.

Before your visit


Check our guide to using the catalogue which is specifically aimed at school and college students. We recommend that students check the library catalogue  prior to their visit as demand for catalogue PCs can be high. 

Getting here

For directions by car, train and bus please visit our maps and directions page.

Visitors travelling by car to campus are requested to park in North East Multi-Storey Car Park (access via Pritchatts Rd). 


Photocopy cards are available at a cost £2 each. Each card includes £1 of credit. Extra credit can be purchased from help and information desks in our libraries. We recommend that students share the cards, as we are unable to give refunds. 

Book scanners

Free book scanners are available in the Main Library. Scans can be saved to a USB stick.

Eating and drinking 

Although we do not allow eating and drinking in our libraries, students are able to make use of the café in our Main Library. Students are free to use any of the catering facilities on campus and seating areas if they choose to bring their own food.