Categories of Library membership
To find out how you can become a member of the Library please click on the relevant section below, which gives details of how you can use and access the libraries.
All Northumbria University staff can be members of the University Library. Your membership is created as part of the University smartcard collection process at City Campus or Coach Lane libraries. Please note a Library registration form may need to be stamped and signed by the Head of Department for staff not yet on payroll.
Your Northumbria smartcard is required for entry at all of the libraries, and you will have access to all of the libraries during all opening hours. Your smartcard is also your library borrowing card.
Students or staff who have a disability may request an additional smartcard for a helper or support worker. For students, applications should be made through the University’s Disability and Dyslexia Support Team within Student Support and Wellbeing
Members of staff can enquire directly to the Ask4Help team at any of our libraries, by phone on 0191 227 4646 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Graduates of Northumbria University and former institutions and constituent colleges* can apply for University Library membership at a reduced rate; this is subject to approval by the Director of Student and Library Services, but enitles you to a University smartcard which can be used to access the library and offers limited borrowing rights to most of the collections (see our borrowing pages for further details). Alumni can also apply for a reference only visitor card, via the Ask4Help team.
*These include: Newcastle Polytechnic, Rutherford College of Technology, College of Art and Industrial Design, Municipal College of Commerce, City College of Education, Northern Counties College of Education, Bede, Newcastle and Northumbria College of Health.
Associates* of Northumbria can apply for a University smartcard, which can be used to access the library and offers limited borrowing rights to most of the collections (see our borrowing pages for further details).
*Associates can include: University governors, Students’ Union sabbaticals and staff, retired Northumbria University staff, agency staff, emeritus professors, graduate fellows, visiting scholars & lecturers, clinical NHS staff, franchise teaching staff, studio and artist staff, and hatchery students.
This list is not exhaustive and further details, including any identification or supporting documents that you will need to complete the registration process are available in the full Membership and Borrowing Policy (awaiting approval, October 2016 - the policy will be published here when it is finalised).
The SCONUL access scheme offers reciprocal arrangement for access to and some borrowing rights at other participating Universities and Higher educational establishments. This allows students and staff from other participating institutions to apply for a Northumbria University smartcard that will give you access during staffed opening hours for the duration of your home Library membership or three years whichever is shorter.
Undergraduate students from other universities will only be given access to the library, but some other categories of staff and students (eg, research students, part-time students, distance learning students, taught post graduates, students on placement and members of academic staff) may also be able to apply for borrowing rights at Northumbria. To qualify for the SCONUL access scheme you must be registered as a library user in good standing (i.e. having no debts or overdue books at your home library). To apply for a Northumbria smartcard you must bring an acceptance email from SCONUL and your home institution ID card. For further details please see the SCONUL website.
An individual can apply for membership and borrowing rights (see borrowing information), which is subject to approval by the Director of Student and Library Services.
Collaborative venture partners have membership and borrowing rights that are negotiated as part of the programme approvals process with Student and Library Services, faculty contacts, Academic Quality and Collaborative Venture partners. If you are unsure if you are eligible for this, please contact our Learning Partnerships team.
Lost or damaged smartcards should be reported immediately to Ask4Help. You can do this in person at any of the libraries, you can call Ask4Help on 0191 227 4646, or email them at Ask4Help@northumbria.ac.uk. There is a £10 replacement charge for lost or damaged smartcards. If your smartcard has been stolen, it will be replaced free of charge on production of a police crime report.
You can find further information via Ask4Help's Frequently Asked Questions pages.