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Library Services for Visitors

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

Access information for visitors and alumni

If you would like to visit the University of Bath Library and you are not already a member, you should read the Access guide for visitors.

The services available to all visitors and alumni at the Library are described below. This information is also available in PDF format.

There are specific pages for University Alumni about membership and the services available to you too.

Finding books journals and theses

Information about Library stock is available via the Library Catalogue.  The catalogue can be accessed online from any computer if you want to review the titles in our collections before you visit.

  • You can also search the catalogue on dedicated computers located across the Library.  They are usually near staffed offices or service points.

  • You can search the catalogue by author, title, and keyword.   Subjects are arranged on different floors of the Library. You will find each book has a classmark to help you locate it within the collection.

Staff at the Information Points on each floor will answer any brief questions that you may have. In general terms, you will find:

  • Humanities, Social Sciences, Health and Management on Level 5
  • Science, Medicine and Sport on Level 4
  • Engineering, Design and Literature on Level 3
  • Doctoral theses are kept within closed access sections: these can be requested at the Issue Desk on Level 2 (the Entrance Level) these are reference only materials for use in the library only.

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.


  • The Copy and Print department contains self-service copying equipment and is located at the back of the Library, Level 2.

  • All library visitors will need a photocopy card. You can get a photocopy card from a vending machine on Level 2.  The machine can be found on the opposite side of the floor away from the rows of print and copy machines.

  • A card costs £2 and contains 50p worth of credit.  You may add credit to this starting balance if you need to. You must use the value loader machines next to the photocopy card vending machine to add credit to your card. 

  • You must photocopy within the limits set by Copyright law. 

  • Further information about the Copy and Print Service.  

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 in the Library or contact Library staff so that we can discuss your individual needs.

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  

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.

Travelling to the University

  • See our guidance on travelling to the University which includes advice about travelling to Bath and links to campus maps and Car Parking information. 

  • Please note that all the car parks on campus are Pay and Display and visitor spaces may be limited at certain times of day.