University of Bath

Getting a library card

How to get a new or replacement University of Bath library membership card.

Where to get your library card

You can get a new or replacement library card from the Library Issue Desk from Monday to Friday, 9am to 4:45pm.

It will only take a few minutes to check your information, take your picture and print your card.

You will be charged £8 to replace a lost library card.

The Issue Desk is closed during University holidays but you can contact the Library Team at any time about becoming a member and getting a card.

Library card uses

You can use your library card to:

  • enter the Library
  • borrow items
  • renew item loans
  • make reservations
  • do photocopying and printing

Types of membership

There are different types of membership to the University Library. These are:

  • student
  • staff
  • visitor
  • alumni

If you do not want to become a member, you can still use some online resources while in the Library. Ask for more information at the Library Reception.

Student library cards

Applying for your card online

You can apply for a library card before you arrive. Upload your photo during the University registration process.

If you are a new student you must complete registration before you can apply for your library card.

Applying at the Library Issue Desk

If you have not applied for your library card online you can get one from the Library Issue Desk.

You need to register online before asking for your card and need to bring your student number or your Computing Services username.

We can't use printed photos for your card but will take your photo in the library when you come in.

Borrowing books with your card

You can borrow twenty books at a time using your library card.

Expiry of membership

Your card is valid for the duration of your studies. After this, you can apply for Alumni membership.

Other uses for your library card

You can also use your library card to:

  • get into your student accommodation
  • use your Eat and Drink credit
  • get into different parts of the University
  • use the sports facilities
  • buy discounted bus tickets
  • get your Students' Union and National Union of Students (NUS) membership

If you need this extra access, contact your department or accommodation service.

Staff library card

You can get a library card as a member of staff working for the University.

Usually, you get a card as part of the induction process. You will be brought to the Library by someone in your team to have your photo taken for your card.

Your library card is linked to other University systems so you need to be added to PersonFinder before you can have a card.

You should bring at least one form of identification when you request a new card. It can be:

  • your contract of employment
  • your letter of appointment
  • a letter or memo from your department outlining your role and the period of employment

We can't use printed photos for your card but will take your photo in the library when you come in.

You can use your library card as a form of identification to get some staff discounts.

Borrowing books with your card

You can borrow twenty books at a time using your card.

Expiry of membership

Staff cards are valid for up to five years or until the expiry of your contract. You can renew your card when it expires if you are still working at the University. If your contract ends you can become a Visitor member of the library.

Visitor library card

You can join the University of Bath Library even if you are not a student or member of staff.

Applying for your card

You can get a card from the Issue Desk on Level 2 of the Library.

You need to complete a form to apply for a card. You can do this when you are here, or you can contact the Library Team to get a copy of the form. We can't use printed photos for your card but will take your photo in the library when you come in.

We can only issue cards during the specified opening times. You can contact us before your visit to check we are issuing cards that day.

Annual visitor fee

The annual fee for Visitor membership is currently £150 (including VAT). You can pay in cash or by credit or debit card.

We do not take cheques or American Express.

Borrowing books with your card

You can borrow five books at a time using your card.

Services for visitors

Library catalogue

As a visitor, you can access a selection of online resources through our Library catalogue terminals. These are on levels two to five of the building.

Photocopying

You can buy photocopy cards from a self-service machine on Level 2. The machine is opposite the Copy and Print area.

Alumni library card

You can use the University Library even after graduating with Alumni membership.

Applying for your card on campus

You can get a card from the Issue Desk on Level 2 of the Library.

You need to complete a form to apply for a card. You can do this when you are here, or you can contact the Library Team to get a copy of the form. We can't use printed photos for your card but will take your photo in the library when you come in.

You will need proof of your graduate status so should bring:

  • a copy of your degree certificate
  • your expired student library card

We can only issue cards during the specified opening times. You can contact us before your visit to check we are issuing cards that day.

Applying for your card away from campus

You need to complete a form to apply for a card. Contact the Library Team for the form.

You will need to provide a copy of your degree certificate.

You can email or post your application.

Alumni membership fees

Membership is free for the first twelve months after your graduation date.

After twelve months you will be charged an annual fee. The fee is currently £50 (including VAT).

Borrowing books with your card

You can borrow five books using your card. Please note the Library cannot send books to you.