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Joining the Library

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

The Library is open to all members of the public aged 19 or over 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. Once accepted onto the scheme the online application form should be completed.

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 2023/24  Access rights Access hours 
3 April to 23 April  Full access  8.00am to Midnight
24 April to 26 May  No access  No access
27 May to 9 June  Evening and weekend access  6.00pm to Midnight
10 June to 24 September  Full access  8.00am to Midnight
25 September to 15 October  No access  No access
16 October to 15 December  Evening and weekend access  6.00pm to Midnight
16 December to 1 January  Full access  8.00am to Midnight
 2 January to 14 January  No access  No access
 15 January to 22 March  Evening and weekend access  6.00pm to Midnight
 23 March to 31 March  No access  No 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 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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