Associate Membership

What is Associate Membership?

Anyone in our local community can apply to join the Library as an Associate Member, providing they can meet one of the criteria below.

Associate Membership provides annual access. Our day visitor scheme may be more suitable for short term access, and those studying at other higher education institutions should apply using SCONUL.

How much does it cost?

Membership and reference-only use of the Library is free, but there are charges for borrowing books for certain groups:

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 

Alumni of the University of Hull *

Free

£50 annual fee

Retired member of staff (Retired, Emeritus, Fellow and Senior Fellow)

Free

Free

Individuals seeking sanctuary

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

* Alumni 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. Your prior student account must be in good standing with all fines and materials settled. 

Borrowing entitlement

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. 

Other library services

All associate members can use:

  • the university’s Guest WiFi service 
  • our printing facilities – please speak to a member of library staff if you would like to add printing credits to your account
  • many of the Library's electronic resources (from on-campus PCs only)

During term time, we are unable to book Group Learning Rooms for our associate members.

Apply for, or renew, an annual Associate Membership card

  • You need your card to enter the Library and to borrow books. 

  • 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

  • Please ensure you have read through our Library regulations and adhere to our policies.