Due to COVID-19, access to the library for visitors is currently unavailable.
We have a range of membership options to suite everyone, including the ability to join the Library with access to borrowing.
Alumni and retired staff are eligible for free membership of the Library.
We are a member of SCONUL Access, which provides staff and students at participating higher education libraries in the UK and Ireland with access to our facilities and borrowing.
Members of the public
Members of the public are welcome to visit the Library for reference use of printed items, to use the reading spaces, and in some cases, as a borrower. Find out about the membership options available and how to apply.
Schools and Colleges
We welcome local schools and colleges to visit the Library, for tours and for librarian-led workshops, where your students can develop skills and learn more about our Special Collections.
White Rose Affiliated Research students
Postgraduate Research students from the Universities of York and Leeds can become affiliated PGR members of our Library.
- Membership is available if you are 19, or over, and you have a genuine need – which is unavailable from your local library - to use our resources for learning or research
- Visitors to Western Bank Library are required to apply for an External Borrower Ucard (fees may be charged) or an External Reader Ucard. Visitors to Health Sciences Library (Royal Hallamshire Hospital) may obtain a day pass
- You’ll be sharing our spaces with University staff and students and you’ll notice that at certain times of the year Library sites get very busy. Please be considerate of other Library users and don’t forget the staff you see at our information points are there to help
- At certain times of the year visitor access will be restricted to prioritise use for University students, so please always check in advance of any visit.
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