University of Bath

Library Services for University Alumni

The services and resources offered by the University of Bath Library to support Alumni and your lifelong learning.

Access to online information resources

After graduating from the University you will find that you lose access to the online resources provided by the Library.  This includes the databases, electronic journals and ebook titles you used while studying.

However, with the growth of the open access movement, a large volume of research is available for free online.  Often Creative Commons licences provide possibilities for reusing this information.

The Library has compiled a guide to recommended resources on the internet, many of there are free to use.  You can also access a selected list of subscription resources while in the Library building from the Library catalogue PCs.

Further services for Alumni

Joining the Library as an Alumni member

There are advantages to taking up annual membership if you are able to visit the Library in person.  Members may borrow from our printed collection and access some online resources using the catalogue terminals.  

Instructions for joining, costs and benefits of membership  

The Inter-Library Loans Service

Alumni members of the Library can use the service for a fee of £12.00 per request. 

Link to the Inter-Library Loans Service page for further information.


The Copy and Print department contains self-service copying equipment and is located at the back of the Library, Level 2. Alumni members will need to purchase a photocopy card. There is vending machine located in the back 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.  

You must photocopy within the limits set by copyright law.

Wireless Access on Campus

Visitors to the University should choose WiFi Guest when connecting their device to free campus 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.

Access to licenced resources on campus

Access to the full range of online resources and services to which the library has subscribed is limited to current students and staff.  There are provisions for Alumni students to access a selection of online resources where permitted by agreements with publishers. 

You can use these resources and read online content here in the Library, searching using the catalogue terminals located on Level 2 and all the subject floors.  

Where fulltext access is not permitted, the relevant materials will not be viewable.

Please note that the full-text content of the material linked to is still associated with a license. The terms of this licence are likely to prohibit the use of the material on a commercial basis. Access is provided for educational purposes rather than to supplement any requirements for the undertaking of your duties of employment outside of the educational realm.

Access is also subject to the terms of use of the vendor or publisher. If you are unsure or have any queries about these compliance issues, please contact us for further information and guidance.

Please note that due to the configuration of the University network and printing setup, you will not be able to print materials from the catalogue terminals or save content for later review.