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Library Services for Visitors

A summary of the Library services we can make available to visitors and non-members at the University of Bath Library.

Access information for visitors

We are now able to reinstate external/visitor memberships and when we do all memberships will be re-set for a year at no cost to you, please contact Library staff via in the first instance in relation to starting or reinstating your paid membership and we will advise accordingly.

(University of Bath Alumni should link to our Library Services for Alumni webpage for details of the services we can provide you).

Please be aware that a Study Space booking and reservations system is in place for University of Bath students. You may of course sit wherever there is a free space, but please be prepared to relocate if a student advises that they have reserved that space. You will find that seating on Level 2 (the entrance level) of the Library is not bookable and is available on a first come first served basis to students and visitors alike.

Please check the latest advice relating to face coverings and hand sanitisation in University buildings and in the Library and take note of local signage and directions from staff at your visit.

Online Access to resources

We have gathered up a list of free resources you might find useful.

Visitor access to online information resources

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 these are free to use.

Unfortunately, our online database, ejournal and ebook resources are not available to visitors to the library as a campus network username and password is required. These login details are only granted to current students and staff.

Archives and Research Collections

  • 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.

  • Visit the Archives and Research collections pages for more information


If you have any questions, please contact us.