Sixth form and further education students
Students from sixth form and further education institutions can use our libraries for free.
Before you visit
Before you plan your visit, take a look at our welcome guide and check out the different libraries we offer. You will learn about the subjects and facilities in each library, as well as any restrictions on access.
Visiting our libraries
You are welcome to use our libraries for reference purposes: you can browse our collections in the libraries, check the library catalogue LibrarySearch and use the study spaces. Staff at the enquiry desk will be happy to answer your questions.
Joining our libraries
Students from sixth form and further education institutions in Wales are able to borrow under the Community membership scheme. You can:
- borrow up to two items at any one time from our 1-week, 2-week and 4-week loan collections
- use the walk-in access to eResources service
How to join
1. Complete section A of the membership form and then ask a member of staff at your school or college to complete section B.
Community membership form for sixth form students
Community membership form for sixth form and further education students.
2. You will need a library card to borrow books and to access some of our libraries. Please email the following to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- a scan of your completed application form
- a scan or photo of your school or college ID
- a passport-sized photo (for your Cardiff University library card)
3. Library staff will contact you when your Cardiff University library card is ready for collection. Please bring your school or college ID with you when you collect your card.
Cardiff University resources
- Finding good quality information online
- Assessing the quality of your sources
- Critically reading your sources
- Avoiding plagiarism: Citing and referencing
- Harvard Referencing
Freely available resources
Directory of Open Access Books: This community-curated directory provides access to scholarly, peer-reviewed open access books and helps users to find trusted open access book publishers.
Directory of Open Access Journals: This community-curated directory provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.
Access to Research: Free, walk-in access to over 15 million academic articles, available from any participating public library in the UK. Access many of the world’s best academic papers and use the database to find a library near you where you can view the full text.