Visit the Library

Useful information


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 Brynmor Jones 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 forgotten or lost your card. You may be required to provide identification such as your userID or student number for access. 

If you have lost your card and require another, you can request this from the Library staff member or from Student Services. Staff should log a request with HR through the support portal


External visitors

The Library welcomes external visitors. Members of the public, alumni of the University, students and staff at other universities or colleges can all apply to use the Library.

There are three methods:


Art Gallery and Exhibition space

The University of Hull Art 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 influential group of associated writers, intellectuals, 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. 

There is also an exhibition space for temporary exhibits.


Rare Books Collection

The University Library has a rare books collection housed in a specialised cube on the 7th floor of the Library. Our rare books collections comprise a wide variety of titles published between 1473 and 2002, with strengths in the 18th and early 20th centuries. Texts are in 18 languages, living and dead. Places of publication range from Amsterdam to Zwickau, covering 26 countries on 5 continents.

Highlights include:

The historic libraries of Hull Minster, St Mary's, Lowgate and Hull Grammar School

Examples of fine printing from private presses

First editions of intellectual milestones such as Robert Hooke's Micrographia (1665), Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary (1755), Einstein's seminal Annalen der Physik 1905 papers and Lady Chatterley's lover (1928)

First and early editions of the works of Anthony Trollope, Sir Walter Scott and Rudyard Kipling.

Visits to our rare books collection are available by appointment only. You must be able to provide a list of resources you wish to consult. 

Further archives can be found at the Hull History Centre. The centre is home to thousands of archive collections, covering everything from Medieval land occupation to 20th century political campaigning.