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Library Access and Exit

Access to the Library

Use your University of Plymouth card on the entry gate to access the library. 

Please be vigilant with your belongings in the library and do not leave them unattended.


Members of the public may use the library free of charge for reference purposes (though there are restrictions on numbers at certain times of the year e.g exam times). 

The library is open to visitors between 07:00 and 22:00 during term time and between 08:00 and 20:00 during vacation (8.4.2019 - 22.4.2019 inclusive)

Visitors must be 18 or over. Exceptions are:

  • under 18 sixth-form school/college students who have attended a group library induction session within the current academic year
  • children accompanied at all times by a responsible adult (e.g. parent/guardian).

Visitors must report to staff at the reception desk and show photo identification to sign in.

Acceptable identification includes:

  • Passport or National ID card
  • Current full UK/EU driving licence
  • Bus pass/ Rail card
  • NUS card/ University/ College card
  • Work ID
Please note: Copies of ID shown on a mobile device are NOT acceptable proof of ID and we reserve the right to refuse entry.
A visitor’s pass will be issued which should be returned to the reception desk on leaving. Our Visitor Privacy notice is attached below.

Members of the public have no automatic right of access to University facilities and we reserve the right to refuse entry.

If you would like to borrow books, you need to register as an Associate member, for which a fee is payable.  Alternatively you can apply for Reference Associate membership. See here for more information.

Exit alarm

If the library exit alarm sounds as you leave, please go to the reception desk to have your items checked. Occasionally items may not be properly 'desensitised'. 

If you have items which have not been issued correctly, the incident will be recorded and if appropriate, the items will then be issued correctly to you. 

Any person stopped at the Library exit whilst making a deliberate attempt to remove materials from the Library without having them issued, may have their borrowing rights suspended pending an interview with the Library Customer Service Manager or their nominee. The Library Rules form part of the Code of Conduct and General Regulations for students, and the University's Disciplinary Procedures may, therefore, be invoked in cases of alleged misconduct or breach of the rules.

Forgotten or Lost University card

If you forget your University of Plymouth/ Associate library card you will be asked to sign in at the kiosk using your Plymouth University username and password (you may also be asked to provide ID). A temporary library entry pass valid until midnight of the day of issue will be printed. Please keep the slip safe until it expires as it will be required upon exit, and only one temporary entry pass per day can be issued.

If you lose your University card you should obtain a new one from the Card office as soon as possible.

If you lose an associate member library card you should report this to staff at the reception desk as soon as possible. 


Modified 18/03/2019