How do I join the Library?
Members of the University
All staff and students are automatically registered with the Library when they start at the University. Just remember to bring along your University ID Card if you want to gain access to the building or borrow books.
Graduates of the University may apply for an Alumni User Card free of charge for the first five years. After five years, you can choose to pay either £10 per annum or to make a one-off life membership payment of £100 to continue your membership. Membership enables you to borrow up to eight long/week loans at a time.
Applications can be made in person at the main Enquiry Desk or by contacting the User Services Manager via email or phone (01509) 222353.
Retired staff/permanent staff in the Students Union
Retired members of University staff and permanent staff in the Students Union may apply in writing to the University Librarian for an external borrowing ticket, which is usually provided free of charge. These tickets enable you to borrow up to four long loans at a time for up to four weeks each.
SCONUL Access visitors
Members of academic staff or research students (i.e. a PhD or MPhil student), full time postgraduates, part-time, distance learning or placement students (undergraduates and taught postgraduates) at a college or university that is a member of the SCONUL Access Scheme can obtain a free external borrowing ticket. Please present your SCONUL Access email (validated by your library) and a valid Staff/Student ID card from your institution to the main Enquiry Desk on the entrance level so that the external ticket can be created. These tickets enable you to borrow up to four long/week loans at a time.
Local colleges, schools and businesses
Teachers at Loughborough College or the RNIB College can request a staff borrowing ticket without charge on production of an employer's letter of introduction.
Schools may also apply for an external borrowing ticket for £50 + VAT per year.
Accredited tenants of the Technology Centre and other companies clearly associated with the University may obtain external borrowing tickets for free on an annual basis.
Companies may apply for an external borrowing ticket for £100 + VAT per year. Additional tickets can be obtained for £50 + VAT per year.
Members of the public
Members of the public over the age of 18 may use the Library free of charge for reference. You will need to sign in at Reception near the entrance on arrival and sign out when leaving the building. N.B. The Library reserves the right to restrict access to external users during peak times.
Members of the public under the age of 18 must be accompanied at all times by a parent/guardian or teacher to use the Library.
You can buy an external borrowing ticket for £50 per year from the main Enquiry Desk of the Pilkington Library. These tickets enable you to borrow up to four long loans at a time for up to four weeks each.
What should I do if I change my address?
You should inform the Library as soon as possible. It is your responsibility to ensure that we can contact you quickly about your loans and reservations.