Access to our libraries for reference purposes is available to members of the public (18 years or over), free of charge, no application required. This includes use of (but not borrowing of) our books, the use of non-bookable study spaces, and photocopying (subject to a charge).
Access to our electronic resources, including e-journals and e-books, and our computers (including laptop loans) is not available. Visitor access does not include extended opening hours.
All our libraries are as accessible as possible and help and support is available where needed.
Please contact the library you wish to visit to find out more.
We can offer tours of the library and Extended Project Qualification research skills sessions. To discuss and arrange visits please email email@example.com.
Borrowing books (external membership)
If you would like to borrow books then you can join as an external member for a subscription fee:
- standard: £70 per year
- University of Brighton graduates*: £40 per year.
*University of Brighton graduates are entitled to one year’s free membership and a reduced rate for subsequent years.
Staff and students from other universities may be able to join for free via the SCONUL Access reciprocal scheme. Please check your eligibility before making a trip.
Students on Access to Higher Education courses at colleges in the LASER Learning Awards Access Validating Agency are entitled to free membership for the duration of their course.
External membership entitles you to borrow six books, for three weeks at a time (long loan category only), from any of our libraries. Loans will be automatically renewed if not required by another borrower. Loans not returned by the due date will incur daily fines.
Our libraries specialise in particular subjects so we recommend you search our library catalogue to find out which library holds the books you are interested in and send your application form (.docx) to that site. You will be contacted once your library card is ready for collection.
Should you be ineligible for membership, you may still use our libraries for reference purposes.