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Information for Visitors

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Access information for visitors to the University of Bath Library

All visitors: we welcome visitors to the Library, but we have strict rules about when they can enter. Admission does not entitle you to use the computers except for a number of computers which are dedicated to searching the catalogue and accessing a selection of online resources under Visitor-Access arrangements. Please be aware that unaccompanied children under the age of 16 will not be granted access. When you arrive, please report to the University Reception Desk in the Library entrance with appropriate identification as indicated below.  If you do not have a valid University of Bath library card, you will be required to sign a visitors book before entering.  The Library building is usually open every day of the year but before travel, please check the opening hours to find out when services are staffed and also check news on the library homepage for any notifications of changes to staffed services or opening hours.

Please note the advice given for the following categories of visitor:






Finding books, journals & theses

Information about all Library stock is available via the Library Catalogue. You can also access this using a number of the dedicated computers located throughout the Library. You can search the catalogue by author, title, and keyword.   Subjects are arranged on different floors of the Library. Staff at the Information Points on each floor will answer any brief questions that you may have. In general terms, you will find:



The Copy and Print department contains self-service copying equipment and is located at the back of the Library, Level 2, in the north-east corner.  All library visitors will need a photocopy card, which you can obtain from the vending machine situated in the north-west corner of the Library on Level 2.  The card costs £2 and contains 50p worth of credit.  You may add credit to this initial balance if you wish using the adjacent value loader machines. Please refer to our tariff here. You must photocopy within the limits set by copyright law. Further information about the Copy and Print Service.  


Online resources: Visitor Access

The visitor access service enables visitors to view a range of electronic resources (e.g. e-journals, e-books and databases), whose licence agreements allow use by visitors to the Library. We regret that the Library cannot allow access to the full portfolio of online resources due to the terms of the licence agreements of some publishers.

Access to these electronic resources is available via the dedicated catalogue terminals located throughout the Library. You do not need to log on. Under the terms of the publishers' licences, visitors can only view online resources while physically in the Library. It is not possible to print or save material.

See the Guide to accessing research information for free, which includes links to websites that may help you locate journal articles and other information within Education and Science from home.


Visitors with Disabilities

We provide services for anyone who may need extra help or support, such as those with hearing or visual impairment, mobility impairment, autistic spectrum disorders, dyslexia, or other requirements. Library users who need such support are very welcome to visit an Information Point or contact their Subject Librarian so that we can discuss your individual needs. 


Travelling to the University

See our guidance on travelling to the University which includes directions and a campus map.  Please note that all the car parks on campus are Pay and Display and visitor spaces may be limited at certain times of day.



The University Archives contain both documents relating to the University and also archival special collections connected with local residents or members of the University. Anyone with a genuine interest is welcome to use the archives, which can be viewed by appointment between 9.00am and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday. Tel: +44 (0)1225 383464. More information.


Wireless Access on Campus

Visitors to the University should choose WiFi Guest when connecting their device to Wi-Fi.   WiFi Guest will connect your device to The Cloud, hosted by Sky.   If you have an account with The Cloud it will connect automatically, otherwise you will need to create an account using your email address and a password.

If you have used The Cloud before now, please note that this is the same service with a different name in your list of networks

This is the result of working with Sky to change to a more descriptive name for our visitor and guest Wi-Fi service.