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Library Access and Exit

Access to the Library

When entering the Charles Seale-Hayne Library you will need to swipe through an entry barrier with your Plymouth University card. Access control was introduced for the safety and security of authorised users.

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


Members of the public (including users through Combined Universities in Cornwall) may use the library free of charge for reference purposes.  The library is open to visitors between 07:00 and 22:00 daily.

During busy periods, visitor numbers may be restricted. Please check before you come that we are able to accommodate you. 

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).

The building can be accessed between 22:00 and 07:00 only by University members with a valid University card.  

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.

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 pass through, 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 & IT Gateway 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 card

If you forget your Plymouth University/ Associate library card you will be asked to sign in at the kiosk using your Plymouth University username and password. A temporary library card valid until midnight of the day of issue will be printed. Please keep the slip safe until it expires as only one temporary card 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 Information desk as soon as possible. 



Modified 12/09/2017
Author: Hale, Fiona