Information for visitors


The Brynmor Jones Library is now open to members of the public.  Anyone can come and use the space on the ground floor including our art gallery and cafe.

There are also opportunities to explore our collections by using our day pass facility. A day pass provides full access to our physical collections with the option to use your own devices and connect to our high speed guest Wi-Fi network. You are not able to access our computers or printing facilities.     

You will need to show a piece of photo I.D. on your visit. Day Visitors under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  You are free to use the Library on the day you have booked between 09.00-19.45 weekdays and 09.00-17.15 on weekends.

Please note. Day visitors are unable to book our group learning rooms and we do not offer Day Visitor access during University exam periods  or through the Christmas period.

As a day visitor, you will also be asked to confirm that you will abide by the Library regulations.

We are currently in an exam period,  Day passes are unavailable at this time.

Apply for a day pass - Dates after 17 January


What is there to see?


The Library Café is open throughout the week and at weekends. So whether you are visiting the art gallery, attending an event in the exhibition hall or studying in the Library, you can be sure of a relaxing space where you can enjoy hot and cold food, snacks, cakes and good barista coffee

Art Gallery

The gallery is home to the University’s outstanding collection of British art between 1890 and 1940. It features work by artists such as Stanley Spencer, Augustus John, Aubrey Beardsley, Walter Sickert, Ben Nicholson and Henry Moore. The gallery is open seven days a week between 10am and 5pm with late opening till 7pm every Tuesday.

Exhibition Hall

The exhibition hall is home to temporary exhibitions and events. 


The Observatory offers stunning views of the campus, city and surrounding countryside. Come here to change the way you look at Hull.


Associate Members

People who do not belong to the University may apply to become an Associate Member. Membership is renewable on an annual basis. Free membership is open to the following groups and individuals:

Category Reference Borrowing
Qualified teachers working in Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire, North East Lincolnshire, Scarborough and the surrounding area.  Free  Free
Members of administrative staff of the local education authorities of these areas, or an Inspector of Schools based in those areas.  Free Free 
Employed by a regional NHS trust which has Corporate Membership of the Library.  Free Free 
Graduates of the University of Hull.  Free £50 annual fee
Retired member of staff (Retired, Emeritus, Fellow and Senior Fellow) Free Free
Other individuals who can show a clear need to use specific library physical holdings for academic research, that are not readily available through other means.

Please note. Associate Membership under this category will not be granted to those whose primary requirement is the use library space.
 Free £75 annual fee

Please note. Associate members may not borrow 24 hour loan items.

Apply online now

Your membership card

If your application is accepted, you will be issued with an Associate Members card. You need it to enter Library and to borrow books.  The Library reserves the right to charge for replacement cards. You must never allow your card to be used by anyone else, either to gain entry to the Library or to borrow books. NB: Please note that proof of name and address are required when collecting your Associate Membership card and also for any later renewals. All new cards will take 24 hours to activate.


Associate members who have borrowing rights may borrow up to 10 books or other items at any one time.  Items must be returned by the due dates specified or renewed.  Fines are charged on all overdue items.

Services to associate members

Associate Members can use all the facilities of the Library.  They don't have off campus access to the University's electronic resources. Associate Members may access the majority of these resources whilst on campus.



SCONUL access allows you to get borrowing rights at other higher education libraries in the UK and Ireland.  The online application form and full details of the scheme can be found here.

Bands Types of users BJL Borrowing Entitlement
BAND A        Staff
Research Students
40 books
BAND B Part time postgraduate
Part time undergraduate
Distance learning
Placement (6 weeks or more)
10 books
BAND C Full time taught postgraduate

10 books

der the SCONUL Access scheme all users fall into three bands. For more information on the bands, see below.

  • Band A Staff and Research Students (degrees awarded by thesis or viva)
  • Band B Part time, distance learning and placement students (on placement 6 weeks or more)
  • Band C (Full-time only) Taught Postgraduates

Please note: Full time undergraduates have reference access only. SCONUL members may not borrow 24 hour loan items.

NB: Please note that SCONUL Access cards will take 24 hours to process.

SCONUL vacation access scheme

This scheme will enable you to use all libraries during the vacations for reference purposes only. You will need to present proof of your current membership of the University of Hull. A current student card will be acceptable. Contact the other library ahead of yor visit to confirm their policies and opening times.