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Free research resources: Alumni

A guide to free and Open Access resources available to students, alumni and the public.

Visiting the Library

Members of the public who wish to consult printed Library materials which are not available elsewhere can arrange up to 5 visits per academic year.

All visits must be arranged at least 2 working days in advance. Please email ahead of your arrival with details of the items that you need.

All visitors must arrive between 09:00 - 17:00 on the day of their arranged visit. On arrival at the Library, please report to the Welcome Desk and present photographic proof of identification.

During University assessment periods (currently late March to early June), visits are only permitted on Saturdays and Sundays. 

More information about contacting the Library, what to bring when visiting the Library, times that visitors are allowed and any restrictions to access are on the Library websites below:
Search the catalogue before you visit

Search Enterprise, the Library catalogue, to find items you might be interested in consulting before you travel - you can do this from the Library homepage, or use the search box below; 


Library members can request items from Closed Access or Store. If the materials you would like to view are housed in our Closed Access or Off-Site Store areas, you will need to order them in advance of your visit and wait for confirmation that they are ready for you - please see our website for more information on how to order your items;

Library membership and borrowing

Alumni are able to join the Library as an External borrower at a special discounted price. External borrower memberships last for 12 months and allow you to borrow 10 standard or term loan items.
For more information on joining the Library as an External borrower, please see the Library website; 

University alumni support

GraduatesThe University webpages for alumni and supporters can be found here: