Check your eligibility

Before you apply check who can use the Library. You can choose to have a reference card (for access to the Library) or can request a borrowing card (fees may apply).

If you are applying via one of the national academic library access schemes, you will also need your completed and validated application form and valid Library card from your home library.

Please note that all members and visitors are required to abide by the Library Regulations and all personal information we receive complies with the University Data Protection Statement.


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Online Membership Application Enquiry

Check the information on Library membership before you apply. You can choose to have a reference card (for access to the Library) or can request a borrowing card (fees may apply).

Complete our online form to submit an membership application enquiry. You will be informed by email within 2 working days as to what proof of ID will be required and any additional documents you will need to bring with you to ensure your application can be carried out when you visit in person.

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Apply in person

Check the information on Library membership before you apply

Make your application in person during staffed opening hours

Speak to a member of staff at the Help Zone and be prepared to fill in a membership application form, have your photograph taken and present your proof of ID relevant to your membership type. Cards are created at the point of application and you will be able to enter the Library as soon as you application for membership is complete.


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Valid Proof of ID

We ask everyone who wishes to join the Library, and who is not a member of the University, to supply one document showing your name and current UK address and a form of ID with date of birth.

The following documents are accepted as proof of identification:

  • Driver's Licence
  • Utility bill e.g. gas, electricity, telephone bill
  • Rentbook or Council Tax Statement
  • Bank or Building Society statement

Plus if you are applying for membership by way of one of the reciprocal access schemes you also need:

  • Your completed and validated application form/cards from your home library


  • Your current Library/University/College card from your home institution

If you are applying for membership via the NHS you also need your valid NHS ID.

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Whom to contact for further information

If you need further information or assistance please visit the Library during staffed opening hours, or you may contact the library membership staff by telephone, email or letter:

The Enquiry Service
David Wilson Library
PO Box 248
University Road
Telephone: 0116 252 2043
Fax: 0116 252 2066
E mail:

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