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How to join - visitors: How to join

How to join as an External member and what it will cost. Plus visiting under the SCONUL Access scheme or our Revision Space scheme

How to join - Visitors

Our main purpose is supporting the current staff and students of Newman University. We’re happy to provide support for alumni, groups from the local community and the wider academic community, where this does not conflict with our main purpose.

If you would like to join or use Newman Library, the following options are available:

If you live locally, you can start using us to read and prepare for the start of your course once your place is confirmed. You’re welcome to use all of our printed resources, books and journals in the library and to study here during staffed hours – all free of charge – but you won’t be able to use our online resources, e-books and e-journals until you’ve enrolled as a student.

If you want to borrow books from the Library to take home (up to 6 items at a time), you can join as an External Member for 3 months for £10.00.

We know that starting a course at university is daunting, so we’re happy to help you find resources or to find your way around the Library – simply explain that you’re starting a course at Newman soon and ask us for any help you need. We’ll help you find any items that have been recommended by your lecturers, or offer advice on purchasing any textbooks or readers that you’ve been advised to buy. You’re welcome to use the different spaces within the Library in the way that suits you best: we have over 400 study spaces across our Silent, Quiet and Learning Zones.

Please contact us if you would like any further information before the start of your course.

Join the Library for up to a year, and renew annually if you wish.

  • borrow up to 6 items at any given time

  • access Guest Wi-Fi when you are in the Library

Sorry – you won’t have access to our:

  • open access computers or Newman network facilities

Applications are subject to approval and there are some Terms and Conditions you will need to follow.

You need to complete our membership form and arrange a time to visit Newman to be photographed for an ID card. E-mail or phone us to arrange your visit in advance.

Once you’ve joined the Library and have an ID card, you can visit at any time during Library opening hours, but with a temporary card you can only visit during staffed hours.

We offer discounted rates for alumni and former Newman staff:

  • £25.00 per year or
  • £12.50 for 6 months

No connection with Newman? Join us anyway as an External Member!

Join the Library for up to a year, and renew annually if you wish.

  • borrow up to 6 items at any given time

  • access Guest Wi-Fi when you are in the Library

Sorry – you will not have access to our:

  • open access computers or Newman network facilities

Applications are subject to approval and there are some Terms and Conditions you’ll need to follow.

You need to complete our membership form and arrange a time to visit Newman to be photographed for an ID card. E-mail or phone us to arrange your visit in advance.

Once you have joined the Library and have an ID card, you can visit at any time during Library opening hours, but with a temporary card you can only visit during staffed hours.

The fees are:

  • £50.00 per annum or
  • £25.00 for 6 months or
  • £10.00 for 3 months trial period

SCONUL Access Scheme for students and staff of other universities

You’ll need to register at your own university library first to join under the SCONUL Access scheme. Depending on the course you’re on, or whether you’re a member of staff, you can use the Library for reference access and may be entitled to borrow library materials. We accept borrowers in all SCONUL Access bands - A, B, C and R. You must bring your library card from your own institution as well as your SCONUL Access approval e-mail. You won’t be able to access any Library PCs or Newman network facilities.

You can usually come into the Library when we’re staffed and Newman's Reception is open. Occasionally, due to unforeseen circumstances these hours can change at short notice, so we recommend calling us on the day of your visit to check access for that day.

Revision Space - Library access for Sixth-form students

If you’re aged 16-18 and studying for Level 3 qualifications at a local school or college, you can apply for membership of our Revision Space Scheme and then use Newman Library to study. Once you’ve joined, you can use the Library between the following dates and times:

2019/2020 Academic Year

  • Monday 2nd September to Saturday 14th December 2019

  • Thursday 2nd January to Saturday 4th April 2020

  • Monday 20th April to Saturday 4th July 2020

Weekly Revision Space times:

  • Mondays: 4pm to 8pm

  • Tuesdays: 4pm to 8pm

  • Wednesdays: 4pm to 8pm

  • Thursdays: 4pm to 8pm

  • Fridays: No access

  • Saturdays: 11am to 3pm

  • Sundays: No access

Please contact us for further information or an application form for Revision Space.

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