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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:

Visitor types

You can start using the Library 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 get a 3-month External Membership 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

  • speak to Library staff if you require access to the Guest Wi-Fi

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 external membership form. It will prompt you to attach a passport-sized photo which will then be emailed to us. We will contact you to arrange a suitable time to collect your Library card, pay for your membership and bring your proof of ID.

If you are unable to submit your photo online, please contact us to arrange a face-to-face visit to complete your application. When you visit us face-to-face, we should be able to issue your Library card immediately, providing payment is made and proof of ID is shown. 

Once you’ve joined the Library, you can visit at any time during Library opening 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

  • speak to Library staff if you require access to the Guest Wi-Fi

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 external membership form. It will prompt you to attach a passport-sized photo which will then be emailed to us. We will contact you to arrange a suitable time to collect your Library card, pay for your membership and bring your proof of ID.

If you are unable to submit your photo online, please contact us to arrange a face-to-face visit to complete your application. When you visit us face-to-face, we should be able to issue your Library card immediately, providing payment is made and proof of ID is shown. 

Once you have joined the Library and have an ID card, you can visit at any time during Library opening hours.

The fees are:

  • £50.00 per annum
  • £25.00 for 6 months
  • £10.00 for a one-off 3-month trial period 

SCONUL Access Scheme for students and staff of other universities

You will need to register at your own university library first to join us under the SCONUL Access scheme. Depending on the type of course you’re on, or whether you’re a member of staff, you can use our 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 will need to complete a membership application form and show us your library card from your own institution as well as your SCONUL Access approval email. This can be completed at the Library Service Desk (just inside the entrance of the Library) on your first visit to us. Alternatively, you can complete our SCONUL membership form before your visit, ensuring you upload the necessary supporting documentation.

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.


For the most up to date COVID-19 related changes, check our COVID-19 webpage.

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