Visit the Library

Useful information


Art Gallery and Exhibition space

The University of Hull Art collection will reopen to the public from Monday 17th May 2021. The collection has a representation of sculpture, drawings, prints, cartoons, costume designs and paintings. Groups represented in the collection range from the Camden Town Group; post impressionist artists active between 1911-1913 alongside the Bloomsbury Group; an inflential group of associated writers, interllectuals, philosophers and artists. There are also many highlights within the collection with artists such as Vanessa Bell, Samuel Peploe, Christopher Nevinson and Sir Stanley Spencer. 


University of Hull students and staff

Current students and staff at the University of Hull need their University ID cards to enter and use the Library. You will automatically be registered as a library user when you join the University. Library staff located on the Ground floor can admit you into the Library if you have forgotton or lost your card. You may be required to provide identification such as your userID for access. During the coronavirus pandemic you must book a seat if you wish to study in the Library. 

If you have lost your student card and require another, you can purchase this from the University of Hull online shop. If you have not been provided with a card or require support please visit the myHull portal

Staff should log a request with HR through the support portal


External visitors

From Monday 5th July 2021 we are able to accept Associate Members for access to the Library building. The SCONUL scheme remains suspended alongside our Day Visitor programme. 


Associate Membership

We are able to process new applications for associate membership or process an annual renewal. Please use the links as appropriate. A member of our team will be in touch via email to confirm your registration once your application has been processed. 

Book a seat spaces are availiable to Associate Members during staffed hours. These are limited to the Ground floor of the Library and are required to be booked in advance of your visit. Spaces are limited and reserved on a first come first served basis. We are able to book up to 2 weeks in advance for reservations. Detail on your reservation will be included in an email confirmation, please check in on arrival with a member of staff to avoid cancellation of your booking.

We ask that you do not attend your Book a seat reservation if you are experiencing any symptoms of Covid-19.



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, that are not readily available through other means.
 Free £75 annual fee

 * Graduates of the University of Hull include certificate and diploma holders at pre-degree (180 credits minimum) and postgraduate levels. Holders of university-validated awards for the completion of programmes of study undertaken at partner colleges are not entitled to Associate Membership under this definition.


Loan rules

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. Associate members may not borrow 24 hour loan items. 

Associate Members both with and without borrowing rights don't have off campus access to the University's electronic resources. However, some of these resources can be accessed whilst on campus using the computers located in the Library building. 


Library Card

  • You need your card to enter the 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.
  • Proof of name and address are required when collecting your Associate Membership card, you may be asked for further evidence for any later renewals. 
  • All new cards will take 24 hours to activate.