Access to the IC

The IC is an integrated learning environment. Its primary objective is to deliver high quality IT-enabled study space and 24hr access to heavily-used student materials. Demand for seats and books is intense and as such, access is restricted to UCard (or for alumni members, valid External Library Card) holders.

A valid membership is required at all times to pass through the entrance turnstiles. This helps us know exactly who is in the building at any given time and is particularly important for the security of students working through the night.

UCard Holders

We only allow access to holders of the following UCards:

  • Staff (orange)
  • Student (blue)
  • Sheffield International College Student (lilac)
  • Associate (bright green)
  • Alumni (during staffed service hours)

University staff and guests

Staff and Associate UCard holders are permitted to sign in one guest per staff member without giving advance notice.
Requests to bring in groups of people may be granted at the discretion of IC management. To request permission to bring a group into the IC please email

The Information Commons is fully accessible and nearby parking is available to customers with mobility difficulties.


Children under 16 are allowed into the IC provided they are accompanied and supervised at all times by their parent/responsible adult who are a registered IC user.

The following conditions apply:

Full access during the following hours:

  • Monday – Thursday 9am – 9pm
  • Friday - 10am - 9pm
  • Saturday – Sunday 12pm – 6pm
  • Limited access (ground floor only) at all other times.

Our quietest times are before 11am Monday – Friday and before 1pm on Saturdays and Sunday, so parents with young children, particularly with pushchairs, may find it easier to access the IC at these times.

If IC staff receive any report of children behaving in an unsafe or disruptive manner and this cannot be resolved satisfactorily, the parent/responsible adult may be asked to leave with their child.

This policy is in place primarily to protect the safety of children visiting the building. If you have any concerns about visiting the Information Commons with your child please speak to a member of IC staff who will be happy to advise you.


Alumni are now able to access the IC during staffed service hours but holders of other External (white) UCards or borrower cards are not able to use the Information Commons.


The Information Commons is not included within the scope of the University Library’s participation in the South Yorkshire Access to Libraries for Learning (SYALL) and SCONUL access schemes.