Services for visitors
External visitors can also use the University's library services:
Access to libraries
Staff and students from other Universities in the UK and Ireland
You may be able to use our libraries for reference or borrowing through membership of the SCONUL Access scheme. Please apply to join the scheme online. You may also wish to complete our University of Nottingham registration form before you come.
On arrival at one of our libraries, please go to the reception or lending desk with your SCONUL introductory email and library card from your home institution, where we will issue you with a University of Nottingham library card with immediate borrowing rights (a photograph is not required). Please check our lending desk opening times.
If your SCONUL Access membership entitles you to borrow, you may take up to six ordinary loan books for up to four weeks. Items from our Short Loan collection are not available to borrow under this scheme and there will be lead time in accessing items stored off site or at a different University of Nottingham library. Study rooms are left open for general use, but room keys cannot be borrowed by Sconul Access users and room bookings cannot be made.
Please also consult our information on access to electronic resources and to the internet.
If your institution is not a member of SCONUL Access you may use our libraries for reference during our vacations. Please ensure that you bring your library card or some other means of confirming your current student status.
For further assistance, please contact our Library Helpline.
Members of the public
You are welcome to visit any of our libraries and use them for reference purposes. Please go to the reception or lending desk on arrival and bring identification with you.
We are members of INSPIRE and welcome visitors referred from public libraries under this scheme.
If you would like to borrow books then you can become an external borrower.
We can arrange school visits through our service Step Into University Libraries: Visits for Local Schools. In order to be able to offer schools a good experience, we would encourage arrangements to be made well in advance and for visits to be scheduled outside of University terms.
Groups should be accompanied by leaders or teachers who will adhere to their responsibilities as detailed in Section 2 of the University’s Guidance on arrangements for Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults (PDF).
To arrange a visit, please fill out and return the Library Service Activity Menu. For more information, please contact Carol Hollier, Arts Faculty Team, Information Services.
Visitors can purchase photocopy cards, on which they will need to load payment for photocopying, during lending desk opening hours. Photocopying prices can be found on the print, copy and scan pages.
Access to electronic resources through the Walk-in User service
The Walk-in User service gives members of the public access to a wide range of electronic resources at libraries across the University. Details of the resources can be found on the Walk-in User Resources pages and can be viewed by type (eg eJournals, eBooks) or by subject area.
Access to the resources is limited to the dedicated computers in the libraries below:
More information about how to use the Walk-in user service and a list of available resources is available.
If you have any feedback about the service, please contact us.
Eduroam is an international initiative that offers internet access when you are visiting other academic institutions in the UK and abroad, and gives academic visitors internet access in return.
The University offers visitors free wireless access. Visitors will need to enter a valid email address to allow access to the internet on the UoN-guest wireless network.
Help and support
If you need any further advice please contact the Library Helpline .