External visitors

Members of the public, ex-members of the University, and students and staff at other University's can all apply to use the Library.

There are three methods:

Browse the physical collection with a day pass

The Library is open to members of the public. Anyone can come and use the space on the ground floor that includes our art gallery and cafe. To explore the library book collections you will need a day or annual pass. 

A day pass provides:

  • full access to our physical collections
  • the option to use your own mobile devices and connect to our high-speed guest Wi-Fi network.

You are not able to:

  • access our computers or printing facilities
  • book our group learning rooms 
  • access the Library during University exam periods or through the Christmas period 

Apply for a day pass

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

Apply for a day pass

Browse/borrow books with an annual pass

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, that are not readily available through other means.
 Free £75 annual fee
Students at other universities SCONUL SCONUL

* 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.


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.

Other 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. However, some of these resources can be accessed whilst on campus.

Apply for an annual Associate Membership 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 and also for any later renewals. 
  • All new cards will take 24 hours to activate.

Apply for an annual Associate Membership card

Become a library member through the SCONUL scheme

Coronavirus update

In line with other UK universities, the Library will not be processing any new or renewal SCONUL applications until further notice. Any existing SCONUL members can currently use the Library, if open.

Posted: 17 March 2020

The SCONUL scheme allows university students and staff to get borrowing rights at other higher education libraries in the UK and Ireland.  Please apply using the online SCONUL application form.

SCONUL users fall into three bands:

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

  • Full-time undergraduates have reference access only
  • SCONUL members may not borrow 24 hour loan items
  • SCONUL Access cards will take 24 hours to process

SCONUL vacation access scheme for UoH students

This scheme enables 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.