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Library Support for Licensed College Course students

Advice for college students studying on licenced courses about how you can get the most out services available to you from the University of Bath Library.

What services are available?

College students on Licensed courses can access the University Library and use printed materials for reference during visitor hours:

  • Any weekend throughout the year.
  • Any day during the University vacation.
  • We ask that you arrive after 9am and leave before 9pm.

Students on Licensed courses are officially counted in their college's student numbers and because of this agreement do not have the same level of access to Library services and resources as University of Bath students.

Students can request External Library Membership, which allows them to borrow 5 books at a time and to visit the Library 24/7 throughout the year.

Please refer to procedures for borrowing and returning books and note the advice about loan periods.

Your home institution might pay the external membership fee, but please check with your Programme Leader before applying.  To request membership, contact your Subject Librarian, Tamsin Reilly, by email.

Unfortunately, our license agreements do not allow for students on Licensed courses to have access to our electronic resources, except those available through Visitor access arrangements.

This setup allows licensed course students to access a range of online resources while visiting the University library by using the catalogue-only PCs located throughout the Library (usually near a staffed Information Point).

Want to get the best out of online resources and help with study skills?

Students are entitled to support from Librarians at the University of Bath.  Support is also available at your college site campus.  For more information contact your Subject Librarian, Tom Rogers, by email

Finding information & visiting the Library

You should use the Library Catalogue to search for books and journals (if searching for articles, search for the journal titles in which they have been published)    The following library webpages list relevant databases and websites by subject. Some resources are available to the public and may be of interest to you:

You can view a list of Visitor Access e-books, e-journals and databases online. These resources are accessible using the catalogue PCs in the University Library.

The resources available include Web of Science and the International Bibliography of Social Sciences.    Further information for visitors is also available online.


If you have any questions, please contact us.