Library services for visitors

Welcome to The University of Sheffield Library!

As a major contributor to the overall network of information and Library services in the Sheffield area, the University Library welcomes those outside the University who have a genuine need to use materials and services not available in other local libraries.

All visitors to Western Bank Library are required to apply for an External Borrower Ucard (fees may be charged) or an External Reader Ucard. Please click on the relevant link under access and membership details below.  Please note, borrower membership of the library is restricted to persons over the age of 18.

If you visit Western Bank Library in person before making an online application, a temporary library card (valid for 3 - 5 weeks) can be issued while your application for a Ucard is processed.  You will need to bring photo ID.

If visiting The Health Sciences Library, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, a day pass may be obtained for the day. 

Students under 18 but with a date of birth on or before 31/08/2002 will be given a temporary library card  on their first visit; valid for 3 - 5 weeks to allow time to apply for an External Reader card. ​You will need to bring photo ID and proof of date of birth with you.  Students can then register as Post-16 External Readers and parental consent will be required prior to registration.

(Children under the age of 16 are only allowed entry during staffed hours and must be accompanied by a responsible adult) 

For more information, please see the links below or contact our HelpDesk.

Access and membership details 
Alumni White Rose Affiliated Research students
External Borrowers External Readers
Schools and colleges (including the Widening Participation Programme) SCONUL Access (for students and staff studying at higher education institutions)