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Members of the public, over the age of 18, may use the library for reference purposes provided they have a valid visitor card. The visitor card, which must be applied for in advance, allows for 5 visits per annum.

The library is open to visitor card holders between 08:00 and 20:00 with no access during April/May due to the exam period.

To apply for a visitor card

  • You must be aged 18 or older
  • Fill out the application form attached below, with an up to date passport size photograph, and email them to libraryandITenquiries@plymouth.ac.uk
  • Applications for a visitor card are accepted between 01 June and 31 March each year (Applications are not accepted during April and May (exam period).

Once your application has been accepted your Visitor card will be available for collection within 5 working days. You will notified by email when your card is ready to collect. We reserve the right to refuse an application.

Collecting a visitor card
To collect your card you must provide photo ID and proof of address and age. Copies of ID shown on a mobile device are NOT acceptable proof of ID.

Acceptable Proof of Address

Acceptable Photo ID

Utility or Council Tax bill

Full UK/EU driving licence

Home insurance policy

Passport or National ID card

Bank, building society or credit card statement

Bus pass/rail card

TV licence or reminder letter

NUS card/University/College card

Car Tax reminder or certificate

Work ID

Accessing the Library
A valid Visitor card must be produced and dated to gain entry to the Library.

You will be able to reference our physical library stock and use the guest Wi-Fi. You will not be able to access

  • Electronic resources
  • Software or databases
  • Printers
  • PCs
  • Level 0 24/7/365 Learning Space
  • Bookable Study rooms

Anyone wishing to use the Library beyond their five visits, or to borrow books, will be able to able to apply for Borrowing Associate membership of the University Library at a cost of £60.00 per annum.

Members of the public may reapply for a Visitor card every 12 months by submitting a new application form and current proof of address and photo ID. 

SCONUL Access is a reciprocal borrowing scheme which allows many university library members to access facilities at other libraries which belong to the scheme.

If you are a student enabler you can get a library access card. 

Our Visitor Privacy notice is attached below.

Members of the public have no automatic right of access to University facilities and we reserve the right to refuse entry.

Modified 26/10/2021