Visiting and joining us
- Visiting us
- Joining us
Cardiff University Library Service aims to make its libraries and collections available to all. To visit our libraries for reference, please check the library web pages for subject areas, opening hours and any restrictions on access. We recommend that you bring some identification with you as you may be asked to sign in as a day visitor. There is no limit to the number of times you can visit our libraries.
Visitors may also use the Walk-In Access to Electronic Resources service. This service gives users access to a number of electronic resources, such as ejournals and databases, where licensing agreements allow.
Cardiff University, as a member of Research Libraries UK (RLUK), is one of 34 UK institutions whose researchers can visit each others' libraries. Researchers can use print collections, borrow under the SCONUL Access scheme where applicable, and use the 'walk-in' electronic resources service. For more information about the RLUK scheme please visit the RLUK website.
If you are a member of SCONUL Access Reference scheme or a regular visitor to the libraries, you may want to get a Reference/Access only ID card. To do this, go to Senghennydd Library or Health Library (see below for ID card issuing hours). You will be asked to complete a membership form before being issued with an access only card.
Please note: you will not be entitled to borrow books with this card.
You may be able to join Cardiff University Library Service to borrow books – see the details of our community and reciprocal memberships available below. Library cards can be issued at the following times so you should ensure you visit during these times:
- Senghennydd Library
- Monday to Friday 10am - 9pm, Saturday 10.30am - 5pm during semester time
- Monday to Friday 10am - 4.30pm during vacation time
- Health Library
- Monday to Friday 10am - midday
Please note that you will not be able to borrow 4 hour, 1 day, 3 day and 7 day items under any of these membership schemes.
Community membership schemes
CLIC (Cardiff: Libraries in Cooperation) – this scheme provides access to libraries for people living, working and studying in the Cardiff area: see the CLIC website for participating libraries. To join, visit the Senghennydd Library or Health Library with a Cardiff University Community Membership form and a letter of referral from your home library & library card. You'll be able to borrow up to 2 main collection items.
There is an annual charge of £10 for CLIC membership.
Cardiff University Alumni membership – alumni of Cardiff University can join the library. You will need your Alumni number: the library can obtain this number for you during office hours, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 029 20876473 to get the number yourself if you are planning to visit the library outside of office hours. To join, visit the Senghennydd Library or Health Library with a completed membership form. You'll be able to borrow up to 6 main collection items.
There is an annual charge of £10 for Alumni membership in your first year and £25 for each subsequent year.
Personal membership – join us as a personal member to borrow books from our main collections and our Store, reserve items on loan, and use the Inter-Library Loan service (additional charge applicable). To join, visit the Senghennydd Library or Health Library with a completed membership form. You'll be able to borrow up to 6 main collection items.
There is an annual charge of £60 for personal membership.
NHS Wales staff – please see the Library Services for NHS Users web pages for more detailed information how to join Cardiff University Library Service.
Reciprocal membership schemes
SCONUL Access – staff, researchers, taught postgraduates and distance learners from participating higher education institutions are able to borrow under the SCONUL Access scheme. Contact your home institution for details on how to apply for the scheme.
To join, visit the Senghennydd Library or Health Library with a completed membership form, a copy of your SCONUL confirmation email (or SCONUL Access card) and your home institution ID card. You'll be able to borrow up to 6 main collection items.
Full time undergraduates and other students not covered by the borrowing scheme above may be entitled to Band R: Reference access under the SCONUL Access scheme. See our ID cards for Reference Users section for further information.
Cardiff Metropolitan University undergraduates – Cardiff Met undergraduates can join Cardiff University libraries under our reciprocal scheme. Speak to your home library for information on how to apply.
To join, visit the Senghennydd Library or Health Library with a completed membership form, your letter of introduction and your Cardiff Met ID card. You'll be able to borrow up to 2 main collection items.
To join, visit the Senghennydd Library or Health Library with a completed membership form and your RWCMD ID card. You'll be able to borrow up to 2 main collection items. This membership will also give you access to the Music Library during Restricted Access Hours.
If you have any questions about our membership schemes, please email us at email@example.com
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