External readers

Due to COVID-19, access to the library for visitors is currently unavailable.

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How to apply

Types of membership options include members of the public, SCONUL Access scheme, and school and college visits.

Apply online

Members of the public are welcome to visit the Library for reference use of printed items and to use reading spaces.

As an external reader, you can

  • Access Western Bank Library, The Health Sciences Library sites (Royal Hallamshire Hospital and Northern General Hospital) during staffed hours
  • Consult the Library’s print collections on a reference basis - thousands of books, journals and other resources
  • Discover materials using StarPlus
  • Explore our unique and original library collections

Services available

  • Guest WiFi (please ask at the Information Desk for details)/Eduroam access for SCONUL members (if your home institution uses it)
  • Self-service photocopiers/scanners
  • Onsite access to some e-journals - complete a registration form to use the dedicated Walk-in access PCs in Western Bank Library and the Health Sciences Library sites to view electronic journals where the publisher permits access, in addition to many open access journals.

If you have any enquiries, please contact the Virtual Advisory Help Service +44 114 222 7200, or visit Western Bank Library or the Health Sciences Library (Royal Hallamshire Hospital) during staffed service hours.

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Email: library@sheffield.ac.uk

Phone: +44 114 222 7200

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