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Joining the Library

Students and staff are automatically members and your University ID card allows you access into the Library building and to borrow books.

The Library is open to all members of the public over 19 in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, reference access is free of charge; a fee is charged for borrowing memberships. 

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

Staff and students from other Universities may apply to join the Library via the SCONUL Access Scheme. Members accessing the Library under any of these schemes may use the Library 8.00am to Midnight.

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

Dates 2022/23  Access rights
17 October to 16 December   Evening and weekend access
17 December to 3 January 2023  Full access
4 January to 15 January  No access
16 January to 24 March  Evening and weekend access
25 March to 2 April  No access
3 April to 23 April  Full access
24 April to 26 May  No access
27 May to 9 June  Evening and weekend access
10 June to 24 September  Full access
25 September to 15 October  No access
16 October to 15 December  Evening and weekend access
16 December to 1 January  Full access

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

Rules and regulations

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

  • Children are not allowed into the Library unless accompanied by an adult Library member 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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