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Joining the library

Library membership is automatically granted to students and staff of the institution and to those teaching or studying on validated courses. Services available for you to use will vary depending on your membership category.

The library registration procedure for City alumni, SCONUL Access users and other external readers is outlined below.


As soon as you register on your course you are a library member.  Remember to bring your City card with you to access the Library and borrow books.


New members of staff at City are automatically registered as library members as part of your new starter or induction process with the University. Once you have obtained your City ID card you will be able to access the library and borrow books. Your IT username and password enables you to access our online resources and keep up to date with your library account online.


Former students who are members of the City Alumni Network and who have their Alumni Network card are entitled to free reference use of the Library. You must bring your Alumni Network card when you visit.


A 1 year alumni library subscription costs £30. Alumni borrowers may have up to 5 items on loan at any time but are not able to borrow from some of our smaller collections, such as our LCS tests.

Online resources

Access to a limited number of online resources is provided by the Alumni Network. Please contact them for further details.

A limited selection of online journals and databases are available for alumni users on a dedicated computer terminal at both Northampton Square Library and the Business Library. You need to register for this service at the library help desk.

Visiting scholars

Registered visiting scholars are entitled to use library facilities on a reference only basis. Access to our libraries requires a valid City card. Visiting scholars are entitled to access a limited selection of online journals and databases on a dedicated computer terminal at Northampton Square Library and the Business Library. Registration for this service can be completed at the library help desk.

Validated course students and staff

City validates selected courses from a number of institutions. Library privileges are only available to students on these specific courses. Students on these courses will have been issued with a regular City card and will need to bring this card on each visit.

Academic staff involved in teaching on a City validated course will need to register separately with Library Services. Library access and membership will be arranged through the Validation and Partnerships Office within the Student and Academic Services Directorate.

Short courses

Students attending short evening/weekend courses run by the Enterprise Office will be able to borrow books and access library study spaces after being issued with a City pass or ID card. Please bring this to the library, along with your confirmation of enrolment on a current course.

SCONUL Access and Access 25

SCONUL Access bands A, B, and C members may apply to join online ahead of visiting our libraries. When you visit, you will need to bring your SCONUL Access approval email and your university ID card.

Access 25 members need to join in person at the Library Help Desk - don't forget to bring your Access 25 card and institutional ID card.