Sanctuary associate membership

University of Sanctuary

A welcoming campus

We are committed to ensuring that our campus is a place of welcome and are delighted to be able to offer people seeking sanctuary the opportunity to become members of our University Library.

University Library: Sanctuary associate membership

We welcome applications from people seeking sanctuary for associate membership of the University Library. Sanctuary associate membership is free and offers access to more than a million books and online resources within our Library collections. Sanctuary associate members may borrow up to 10 items at a time and are able to access selected electronic resources using computers within the Library building. Sanctuary associate members may also make use of Library study spaces and IT facilities.

 Please use the online form available on the Library website to apply for Sanctuary associate membership. Please ensure that you have a letter of support from a recognised sanctuary support organisation (see below) to upload during your application.

Membership is renewable annually from the date of application, provided support from a relevant organisation is continuing.


The scheme aims to support those who have sought sanctuary in the UK through the asylum system, resettlement routes or similar. Applicants may be at any stage in the asylum process.

 As part of your application, you will need to provide a letter of support signed by a representative from a recognised organisation which works with forced migrants who have sought sanctuary in the UK. Letters should be on the organisation’s official letterhead.

Template text for letters and an indicative list of recognised sanctuary support organisations are provided below. Letters of support from other relevant organisations not listed below may also be accepted.

Letter of support template


To the University of Hull

On behalf of [NAME OF ORGANISATION], I am pleased to support the application of [NAME OF APPLICANT] for Sanctuary associate membership of the University Library.

I confirm that [NAME OF APPLICANT] has sought sanctuary in the UK and holds the following immigration status: [give details, e.g. refugee status, awaiting outcome of submitted asylum claim].

[NAME OF ORGANISATION] has verified [NAME OF APPLICANT]’s sanctuary status through the following check(s): [give details, e.g. evidenced by valid Application Registration Card (ARC), BAIL 201 form or Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)].

Membership of the Library will [give example(s) of how the applicant will benefit from access to the University Library].



Recognised sanctuary support organisations

  • CIAC
  • Hull Help for Refugees
  • Open Doors
  • Refugee Council
  • Welcome House
  • Welcome to English
  • Hull4Ukraine