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Joining the Library

Students and staff of the University

Students and staff of the University are automatically members and their University ID card allows them access into the Library building and to borrow library resources.

Staff employed on UniTemps or honorary contracts should email library@leicester.ac.uk for advice. 

Staff and students from other universities

Staff and students from other universities may apply to join the Library via the SCONUL Access Scheme. Once accepted onto the scheme the online application form should be completed. Borrowing charges apply for staff and students from SCONUL Access Band R institutions. 

Please note that new membership cards will not be processed between 8 to 19 January 2024, due to the busy start of term. Existing members will be able to access the Library as normal during this period.

Staff and students from other universities may use the Library between 8.00am and midnight.

Members of the public and University alumni

Members of the public aged 19 or over living in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are entitled to free borrowing membership, with the following exceptions: 

  • students and staff from other universities should apply via the SCONUL Access Scheme
  • students studying with a university or private college that is not a member of the SCONUL access scheme may apply for reference membership during University of Leicester vacations

University of Leicester alumni are entitled to free borrowing membership. 

Members of the public, including alumni and visitors, wishing to join will need to apply for access to the Library by completing our online application form.

Please note that new membership cards will not be processed between 8 to 19 January 2024, due to the busy start of term. Existing members will be able to access the Library as normal during this period.

Members of the public may use the Library between 8.00am and midnight.

College students

College students from Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland may also apply for membership of the Library and then are able to access the building at the following times:

Dates 2024 Access rights Access hours 
15 January to 22 March Evening and weekend access

6.00pm to Midnight weekdays    

8.00am to Midnight weekends

23 March to 27 March  No access No access
28 March to 21 April Full access 8.00am to Midnight 
22 April to 24 May No access  No access
25 May to 7 June  Evening and weekend access

6.00pm to Midnight weekdays

8.00am to Midnight weekends

8 June to 22 September  Full access  8.00am to Midnight
23 September to 13 October  No access No access
14 October to 13 December  Evening and weekend access

6.00pm to Midnight weekdays

8.00am to Midnight weekends

14 December to 31 December  Full access 8.00am to Midnight

Membership is at the discretion of the University Librarian and use of the Library is prioritised for our students and staff at busy times.

Please note that new membership applications will not be processed between 8 January to 19 January and 23 September to 13 October, due to the busy start of term. Existing members will be able to access the Library as normal during this period.

Rules and regulations

When you join the library, you must abide by our rules and regulations:

  • Children may be brought into the Library on the understanding that an accompanying adult will be responsible for them at all times.
  • All members and visitors are required to observe the Library regulations.

Privacy notice for non University of Leicester staff and students

This privacy notice details the ways in which your data will be used by the University to create your Library account. By joining the Library you are agreeing to your data being used in this way.

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