Visitors and external membership

Members of the public are welcome to use our libraries for reference purposes, free of charge.


Borrowing books 


If you would like to borrow any books then you can join as an external member for a subscription fee; standard: £70 per annum; UoB graduates: £40 per annum. Please note:

  • University of Brighton graduates are entitled to one year’s free membership & a reduced membership rate for subsequent years.
  • Staff and students from other universities may be able to join for free via the SCONUL Access reciprocal scheme. Please check your eligibility via the SCONUL Access website before making a trip. Should you be ineligible for membership, you may still use our libraries for reference purposes. 
  • Students on Access to Higher Education courses at colleges in the LASER Learning Awards Access Validating Agency are entitled to free membership for the duration of their course.
External membership entitles you to borrow six books, for three weeks at a time (long loan category only), from any of our libraries. Loans will be automatically renewed if not required by another borrower.  Loans not returned by the due date are fined at 50p per day per item.  Please be aware that our libraries specialise in particular subjects. We recommend that you search our library catalogue to find out which library holds the books you are interested in and send your application form to staff at that site.

External members may access our libraries during Help Desk opening hours only; outside of these hours access is controlled by Unicard or swipecard. Before visiting, please contact us to check Help Desk opening times.  


Online resources 


Due to licensing restrictions, access to the university's online subscriptions (e.g. journals) is only available to staff and students at the university. Visitors and external members can use our Guest Wi Fi to access freely available academic materials.

Some academic materials are available via Brighton and Hove and East Sussex libraries. You do need to be members of those libraries in order to access these. Many public libraries offer similar access; do check with your local authority to find out what is available.


Freely available academic journals are also available at There is also a free read-online service from JSTOR, designed for independent researchers who are not affiliated to an institution. 


Applying for membership

Please send a completed application form to the site library you wish to join. You will be contacted once your library card is ready for collection.